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Remembering Ada

Late on February 3, Ada Vos, the second-generation owner and long-time face of Vander Giessen Nursery passed away at the age of 91. For 50 years, Ada designed floral arrangements for weddings, funerals, holidays and husbands who needed to get out of trouble. Also during that time and in the years to follow her retirement from floral work in the late 1990s, Ada and her husband John ran the [...]

2018-02-12T04:53:15+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tips to Repair Storm-Damaged Trees

Days of sub-freezing temperatures, a dusting of snow, stiff winds, and a north-county ice storm for the record books. Suffice it to say, winter is in full swing in the Pacific Northwest, and whether you’re in the midst of cleaning up after the last storm or just want to be prepared for the next time wicked weather hits, here are some tips to take care of your trees. First, [...]

2018-01-12T17:28:25+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Plant Care, Pruning, Trees, Winter|0 Comments

Tips to Keep Your Christmas Fresh & Vibrant

With the Christmas season underway, gardening takes a backseat to decorating—and with good reason, since Christmas comes only once a year! In this season of celebration, though, many of the decorations you use indoors and out are perishable and can start to look worn before the last of your Christmas get-togethers are over. To keep your home looking festive and fresh through the holidays, here are a few tips I’ve [...]

2017-12-12T05:09:06+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Container Gardening, Plant Care, Winter|0 Comments

Christmas Open House Saturday Dec. 2

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 79 years we've been in business, and this year is no exception! Join us this Saturday, December 2 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 [...]

2017-12-07T01:11:53+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Sale|0 Comments

Tips to Get Your Lawn & Garden Ready For Winter

Although we’re officially only halfway through autumn, the weather we’ve experienced in the last couple of weeks has felt decidedly like winter. And, if long-range forecasters are correct, this could be just the beginning of another long winter here in the Pacific Northwest. This month, take some time to wrap up the last of your yard projects for the season and prepare your lawn and garden for the wintry [...]

2017-11-16T05:37:16+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Fall, Fertilizer, Garden Tools, Lawn Care, Plant Care, Roses, Winter|2 Comments

Final Markdown: 50% off Shrubs, Trees & Perennials

Autumn's grip is strengthening here in the Pacific Northwest, with short days, falling leaves and chilly temperatures. While the planting season is beginning to draw to a close, now is still a great time to plant in your yard--and it's a great time to save on the plants you purchase! Through Saturday, November 4, we’re having a fall clearance sale on nearly all of our remaining plants--and we've made a [...]

2017-10-31T22:14:29+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

4 Fall Tasks for a Healthy Lawn & Colorful Garden

A year ago, we ended a warm, dry summer with a splash of sorts—October’s arrival brought a drastic change in the weather that began one of the wettest winters on record in our area. This year, we’ve once again experienced a dry summer and pleasant early fall, and while rainy weather is arriving, it's now the perfect for getting some extra lawn and garden projects done. Here are a [...]

Make the Most of Fall Planting Season

After a seemingly-interminable dry streak, we’ve finally been blessed with rain again here in our corner of the Pacific Northwest, and with it, the transition to a new season. With autumn here, now is the time to once again begin planting shrubs and trees, rehabilitating your lawn and sprucing up your containers for autumn. Even though it can still feel like summer in the afternoons, step outside early one [...]

Fall Has Arrived at the Nursery

UPDATE: All pumpkins are now just 99 cents each; gourds and mini pumpkins are now 4 for just $1.00! Fall has arrived at the nursery! We're fully stocked with pumpkins, gourds, straw bales, corn stalks, fall flowers and more for making your front porch look its best this season. Scroll through some of the pictures of our fall selection below, then stop in to pick up the plants, pumpkins [...]

2017-11-11T23:54:09+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Fall|0 Comments

Winter Pansies for Fresh Color

With the warm weather of the last couple of weeks and the dry conditions we've experienced this summer, your flowers may be starting to look a little worn and it might be time to start thinking about freshening your pots up for a new season. Autumn isn't far away, and now is the perfect time to begin planting winter pansies for color through fall and again next spring. At Vander [...]

2017-08-09T21:35:11+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Annuals, Fall|0 Comments
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