Vander Giessen's Garden Blog

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Grow a Garden Full of Fresh Color, Not Bugs

To be fair, most of us living here in the Pacific Northwest have chosen our lot in life, but let’s be real—the last six months have tested even the most rain-loving among us. With blue skies finally arriving with some regularity, it’s now time to start planting flowers, vegetables, and other plants around your yard. As you relish bringing color back to your hanging baskets and planters, here are some [...]

Tomato Days 2017: 49-Cent Tomato Starts!

With warmer temperatures and sunny days beginning to arrive in the Pacific Northwest, spring is in full swing--and it's almost time for one of our most popular events at the nursery: Tomato Days! Join us this year on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, for this year's Tomato Days sale. Select varieties of tomato starts will be available for just 49 cents each, and we'll have a great selection [...]

May 1st, 2017|Edibles, Fertilizer, Sale, Vegetables|0 Comments

Spring Renewal in the Yard & Garden

Spring is a time of renewal in the yard and garden, and that’s never been truer than this year. Whether you’re looking for a shrub to replace one damaged or killed this winter, want to plant something new and exciting to lift your spirits, or need help continuing to repair your lawn, here are some of my top suggestions for this month. Each spring brings about the introductions of new [...]

April 13th, 2017|Edibles, Fruit, Hot Plants, Lawn Care, Shrubs|0 Comments

Pre-order Your Lynden Baskets Now

Here at Vander Giessen Nursery, we take pride in the beautiful, unique hanging baskets we grow in our greenhouses each year. With dozens of different color combinations available, we have a hanging basket for just about any taste. If you're looking for the perfect Lynden Basket to give your mom--or yourself!--this spring, we've begun taking pre-orders for this year. Whether you're looking for a specific color combination or just want [...]

March 23rd, 2017|Hanging baskets|0 Comments

The Season for Planting Fruit

Spring may be slow to arrive this year--especially discouraging for many given the early, beautiful spring we've enjoyed the last couple of years. That said, it's not too early to get started with planting fruit trees, berries, and other edibles; in fact, early spring is the best time of year to get them in the ground! At Vander Giessen Nursery, we have a wide selection of fruit trees and berries [...]

March 11th, 2017|Fruit, Trees|0 Comments

A Time to Bring Life Back to Your Yard

With our long, wet winter stubbornly refusing to completely yield to spring’s warmer, sunnier weather, life in the Pacific Northwest this early spring has been a challenge for those of us who wish to get started gardening. With gradually improving weather, though, now is the time to begin repairing your yard, replacing dead or heavily damaged plants, and bringing new life to your garden. First, now is the time to [...]

March 11th, 2017|Fruit, Hot Plants, Lawn Care, Planting|2 Comments

Early Spring Gardening is Here!

Last month I wrote about how much I love winter—and don’t get me wrong, I do!—but this year, we've had seemingly more than our normal share of winter weather and frankly, I’m ready to scratch my spring itch. Thankfully, the weather is improving and spring is beginning to arrive, so it’s time to make your early spring gardening to-do list. Gardening in early spring is very weather-dependent, especially when it [...]

Garden Resolutions for the New Year

For as enthusiastic about gardening as I am, I’ll admit I find winter a wonderful season of refreshment with few gardening tasks. And this year, for the first time in several, we’ve experienced a real winter, complete with cold temperatures and snow. That said, spring isn’t far away, and as you work on your New Year’s resolutions, now is a great time to set some goals for your gardening endeavors [...]

January 26th, 2017|Lawn Care, Plant Care, Winter|0 Comments

Caring for Your Plants in Harsh Winter Conditions

In the last couple of years, we’ve come to associate winter in the Pacific Northwest with mild temperatures and minimal precipitation. This year is so far proving altogether different, and though we’re still a week away from winter’s official arrival, one look out your window will tell a completely different story. With the new season upon us, here are a few tips to keep your plants healthy and happy through [...]

December 16th, 2016|Container Gardening, Container gardens, Plant Care, Winter|0 Comments

Christmas Open House This Saturday

The Christmas season is upon us, and nothing says Christmas like a warm, festive party with friends. At Vander Giessen Nursery, we've hosted a Christmas house for most of the 78 years we've been in business, and this year is no exception! Join us this Saturday, December 3 from 10:00-3:00 for our annual Christmas Open House. We'll be serving up hot, fresh olie bollen made with our family's secret recipe [...]

November 30th, 2016|Sale|0 Comments
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