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The Gooder Gardener: A New Video Series by Swansons Nursery

Swansons Nursery is such a unique place that it can be difficult to capture the nature of what has kept us in business for nearly 100 years. It comes down to the funny, hardworking, and brilliant people that work at Swansons. We work hard to make our customers successful and try not to take ourselves […]

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Celebrate Summer: Inspiration for Garden Gatherings

A garden party of any size can be a wonderful way to celebrate the season of abundance. Many of us are yearning for a little jubilation now more than ever, and a garden is the perfect place to make those memories. At the same time, we may be keeping our gatherings smaller, and looking for… […]

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How to Care for Hoyas

The Wax Plant, Porcelain Flower, or just simply Hoya has made an incredible bounce back in popularity the last few years. Many refer to this amazing blooming plant as “Grandma’s Plant,” which is no longer the case. The common names derive from the look and feel of the plant. It has firm waxy leaves and […]

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Beware, Seeds Are Germinating All Around You

This little northwest mist we just experienced reminds me that this is the time of year when all those little weed seeds that have been lying dormant in our soils suddenly get a notice from Mother Nature that it is time to wake up and start growing. There are 3 environmental signals that cause this […]

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Abelia – It’s One Tough Cookie

If you are looking for a shrub for your garden that is drought tolerant, blooms most of the summer, takes full sun, has fragrant flowers that attract pollinators and hummingbirds, is disease free, and is even deer resistant, look no further that the genus Abelia…

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Help City Fruit feed the community

Many backyard gardeners don’t eat all the fruit that their trees produce. That’s where City Fruit comes in. The organization’s staff and volunteers harvest excess fruit from trees and donate it to local food banks and other food programs. You can help City Fruit feed the community in a few different ways. 1. Sign up… […]

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9 Flowers Blooming Right Now (And Into Fall!)

It’s August and what’s needed is a little late-summer color to spruce up the garden – even better if the plants continue to bloom well into fall! Luckily, there are plenty of flowers that are in their prime right now and that will keep on blooming into fall or even until frost. Here are a […]

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Johnny’s Fig Comes Marching Home

When I purchased Sunnyside Nursery in the fall of 1989, there was a large fig tree (actually a bush) growing in the back yard next to the old carriage house… Little did I know that a cutting from that very same fig would find its way back to the nursery almost 25 years later…

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2021 – The Year Of The Hardy Hibiscus

Due to the National Gardening Bureau declaring 2021 the Year of the Hardy Hibiscus, I find myself back once again visiting these reliable and late blooming perennial and shrubby plants. For color well into the end of summer, they are hard to beat. Let’s start with the perennial form first…

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6 Tips to Help Your Plants Survive Your Vacation

It’s summertime and that means vacations. You’re a good plant parent and you want to make sure your plants are well taken care of but you don’t need to stay home all summer. I talked to the people who have years and years of knowledge gleaned from experience: the Swansons’ team. They offered their best […]

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