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13th Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival!

Located in beautiful Skagit Valley,
we offer a wide variety of
common and uncommon plants,
garden accessories, antiques, and gifts.
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
OPEN LABOR DAY, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
13th Annual
Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, September 16th
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Enjoy the Parade of Giant Pumpkins!
September's arrival, with its rich seasonal color and crisp autumn days, is the perfect backdrop for the Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival. Join us in the Nursery on Saturday, September 16th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as we welcome the giant parade of pumpkins grown across the state and delivered to the Nursery for our weigh-off. This family-friendly event is highlighted by a giant pumpkin weigh-off competition for pumpkin-growing hobbyists and giant vegetable growers, too. Enjoy this complimentary event and submit your giant pumpkins and vegetables for a chance to win cash prizes:
NEW $500 to largest squash!
First Place Giant Pumpkin Winner $2000
 2nd Place-$850
3rd Place-700
4th Place $300
5th Place $200
6th Place $50
7th Place $50
8th Place $25
9th Place $25
10th Place $25
Howard Dill Prettiest Pumpkin $100
Ugliest Pumpkin $25
Christianson’s Nursery is an official weigh-off site for the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC), an international organization, sanctioned to submit giant pumpkin world records.
Schedule of Events
9 a.m. - noon
 Entries for the Weigh-Off accepted
Watch the parade of giant pumpkins as they are delivered!
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 Enjoy family-friendly games, including the
A-maze-ing Hay Maze with Mount Vernon's Camp Korey
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
CAMP Coffee, Tractor Rides, F.A.R.M Animal Rescue and Mentoring
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Face painting, toad observatory, and carnival games
Noon - 3 p.m.
Bluegrass music by Laurel Bliss, John Clark, and Andy Rick
12 - 4 p.m.
Giant Pumpkin and Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off
Prizes will be given away throughout the Weigh-Off
4 p.m.
The winner of the SVGPF Weigh-Off announced
Click here to download an entry form to submit your pumpkins, squash, and giant garden vegetables (zucchini, tomatoes, gourds) in this year's Weigh-Off.
Our 2022 Weigh-Off was won by Joel Holland of Sumner, Washington. Their giant weighed in at 1614.00 pounds.
A Special Thanks To Our Sponsors
We gratefully acknowledge our dedicated sponsors for their financial support:
September Specials
Fall Is For Planting!
September 1 - 14
roses, perennials (4", quarts, 1 gallons), hydrangeas, and vines
25% off
(some exclusions apply)
September 15 - 28
fruit, flowering, shade trees,
rhododendrons, and azaleas
25% off
There is a time in the last few days of summer when the ripeness of autumn fills the air, and time is quiet and mellow.
-Rudolfo Anaya
We want to thank everyone who participated and visited us during our Summer Antique Fair this past weekend. We had such a wonderful time and already looking forward to next summer's event. We plan to have more wonderful vendors and make it a weekend you won't want to miss! Stay tuned for next year's Antique Fair date to be announced.
The shop is ever-changing and as the autumn leaves blow in, so will our beautifully curated collection of seasonal gifts, books, clothing, and French antiques. We are excited to be carrying lovely linen skirts and dresses by the Wilder Collective. Layered with our new line of Merino wool sweaters and dressed with rainboots, there is no better fall outfit. We now have a wonderful assortment of fall treats and crackers, including the infamous pumpkin bars by Ally Girl Cookies. Our collection of one-of-a-kind antiques and vintage items continues to grow and as the shop takes shape for fall we will be bringing in more exciting finds. We hope the autumn winds blow you into the shop, we are sure you will find something wonderful to take home!
vintage Autumn plates and bowls, vintage candle holders, and pumpkin candles
plush children's toys, handmade clothing, and botanical onesies
Fall Is For Planting!
Fall is for planting! We are beginning to get our fall bulbs in, including iris, allium, and more! Planting fall bulbs ensures a beautiful spring of color. You can learn more about planting bulbs this fall HERE.
Now is also the time to plant roses, perennials, trees, and shrubs to establish root systems while the upcoming rains do the essential watering. Anytime the temperature is 42 degrees and above, root systems are being developed and that is why fall planting gives your trees, shrubs, and perennials a head start in spring. While our selection is best, now is the time to plant hardy bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, and snowdrops.
Fall is also a great time to shop hardy perennials and transition overgrown summer annuals with pansies, kale, dusty miller, mums, asters, and black-eyed Susan. Often, these hardy annuals surprise us and emerge the following year.
Wildfire Preparedness for Home Landscapes
By: Marlene Finley, Skagit County WSU Extension Master Gardener
The recent wildfires in Hawaii make it clear few locales are immune from the devastating effects caused by wildfire. Despite Western Washington’s wet reputation, we also are not immune to
wildfires, especially during drier years.
Here in Skagit County, we also are facing moderate drought. A recent climate impact study developed by the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group reported that the temperature in Washington has increased by 1.5° F over the last 20 years. Firewise landscaping is an array of practices promoted by the National Fire Protection Association (NPFA) and others to create a defensible space around your home that can slow a wildfire or discourage ignition.
These are a few practices you can take to be prepared this fire season. First, remove fire fuel wherever possible. Clean your gutters of debris and make sure your roof is clear of leaves and moss. Install 1/8 inch metal mesh screening to block embers.
Never store flammable materials underneath elevated decks or porches (for example firewood) and clean dead vegetation from between deck boards and under the deck. Visit for more information on fire safety.
To read more about fire-wise gardening check out their BLOG
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