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Holiday Open House and Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 28th

Come help kick off the Christmas Season with our annual Magnolia Village Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in front of the Garden Center. Caroling begins at 5PM culminating with the lighting of tree at 5:30PM. Then join us for treats and beverages (hot and cold) as we welcome everyone to our annual Open House (6PM-8PM).

Tons of Flowers, Lots of Fragrance, Easy Care

Peonies: Plantable Bare Roots

Five Varieties of bare root Peonies still available

One of the most rewarding flowers you can grow. Your neighbors will be envious of the flower show these plants put on in the late spring. You'll have lots of perfumed blooms you can bring in to beautify your home. For the one time easy planting you will be paid back every year long into the future.

Fall is truly the best time to plant these bare roots and we now have a good number of five different varieties for your choosing. Currently we have:

Festiva Maxima - $15.00

Light pink buds open to brilliant white flowers with flecks of crimson highlighting these fragrant flowers in early spring

(only a few left, call to reserve today 206 284-1161)






Karl Rosenfeld - $15.00

Stunning magnificent deep red flowers with lots of fragrance fill your garden in mid spring







Henry Bockstoce - $25.00

The deep sheen of the cardinal red flowers together with its large bloom size makes this peony a standout in any garden

(only a few left, call to reserve today 206 284-1161)







Sarah Bernhardt - $15.00

Fully double, frilly pink, very fragrant flowers would be more than enough but these flowers can grow to 9" across creating a garden or vase sensation





Monsieur Jules Elie - $15.00

Elegantly ruffled light pink flowers producing a nice fragrance and growing to 3' make this a wonderful addition to your flower garden.

(only a few left, call to reserve today 206 284-1161)




Plant peonies in a well draining site with a shovel full of compost, a little lime and a handful of bulb or rose fertilizer. Do not plant the little pink or red eyes more than 1/2" below the surface of the garden soil - they need to feel the winter cold to bloom well in the spring.

After a few season you will probably want to add some peony rings over the plants to hold the weight of the full and heavy flowers so they don't droop too much after a heavy spring rain. When the plants are finished blooming, if you haven't cut all the flowers for lovely indoor floral displays, remove the old stems when all the petals have been shed. The old leaves will pretty much dissolve when their summer is done.

Want  gorgeous color in the Spring? Now is the time to get it going.

Putting Spring Bulbs in the ground or at the bottom of containers right now is a very easy way to add bright colors to your pots or garden beds long before annuals or most perennials are blooming. These bulbs just need a few months of our cool winter weather to bring cheer to your home early in the season. Rather than paying more for blooming bulbs in the spring, get them in now, sit back and relax and prepare to enjoy the flower show!

Allium bulbs are relatives of onions and garlic but produce incredible flower heads that can be cut after the color fades and should last you many years as a dried flower.

Alliums now for available include Allium giganteum, Allium Shubertii and Allium Purple Splendor

Many trees and shrubs Now on Sale

Lots of gorgeous trees and shrubs at great prices. Save 40% off All Buddleia, Elderberry, Ninebark, Spirea, and Weigelia, as well as Flame Maple (only 1 left.) Save 25% off all Barberry, Escallonia, Dwarf Yedda Hawthorn, Lonicera, Bloomerang Lilac, White Flowering Currant and Beautyberry bushes. You can also save 25% on these trees: A really nice 8 - 9 ' Twisty Baby Locust, Southern Magnolias - Edith Bogue and  Victoria, Weeping Styrax (2 only),  Lavender Twist and Forest Pansy Redbuds, and Arnold Promise Witchhazel trees.

Japanese Maples Add Beauty and Value to your Home

From strawberry reds to lemon yellows and many shades and tones in between, there is lots to choose from if you want a beautiful specimen to highlight a space in your garden. Come let us help you find the perfect variety to fit in your yard and your budget. Click for varieties.


Spring 2015


Spring is Here and it's Time to Plant your Organic Garden!

Why not get the best quality and yield from your garden this year. We can show you how. There is still time to plant lots of great veggies in your garden, P Patch, patio containers or ???If you didn't get your seeds started by now, you may want to get started by planting vegetable and herb plants instead. You'll be much closer to enjoying a delicious organically home grown meal when you put these organically grown vegetable starts in the ground. We've been sourcing organically grown vegetables for Magnolia Garden Center since the late 90's and have found lots of great vegetable varieties for your growing pleasure. Enjoy fresh and organic produce this year by planting your veggie starts now. You can find many varieties of lettuce, romaine, kale and other leafy greens; as well as artichokes, broccoli, 30 varieties of tomatoes including Ketchup N' Fries the new tomato/potato combination plant, beans, peas, beets and much more all ready for your planting pleasure.

 Pictured above: Staff helping new gardeners choose the right plant.

Plant Summer Blooming Pink DahliaBulbs Now!                                     

There is still time to plant dahlias, lillies, gladiolus, crocosmia, crinum, begonias and several other summer flowering bulbs in your garden and your potted containers so you can be greeted by lots of bright colors throughout the summer! Spend a few minutes now to plant them, forget about them and then you'll be surprised when they pop up later in the season - A great investment in time now for some summer cheeriness! We've got packaged bulbs to help make it easier to get the colors and numbers you'll need.


Anna's Hummingbirds love Mahonia

The best way to attract the wintering Anna's Hummingbirds to your yard is to plant a "hummingbird feeder" in your yard. One of the best type of plants to attract hummers this time of year is Oregon Grape or Mahonia. There are lots of nice varieties for the urban landscape that offer compact size together with abundant flowers for pretty blooms as well as great feeding opportunities for wintering hummingbirds. Other great northwest hummingbird plants include: Flowering Red Current, larger Rosemary plants (almost continuous blooming all winter), hardy Fuchsia (as well as the annual hanging basket-type), Penstemmon, Coral Bells, Strawberry Trees, ornamental Sage (Salvia), Columbine, Beebalm, Echinacea, Lupine and many more. Most of these also attract butterflies as well.

Enjoy home grown fruit this summer!  There is lots of fruit setting and starting to grow on the vines and trees here at the Garden Center. Blueberries are budding up well and are on their way to becoming those tasty berries waiting to pop into your mouth. Buds are also becoming evident on the Raspberry Shortcake Raspberries - a perfect container plant for deck or patio. We sold out over Mother's Day but more will be here late this week.

Cherries developing.


Apples can be seen on the patio friendly Columnar apple "trees". These grow on a single trunk and can be planted in a container if you don't have space for a real tree.                       


Figs developing on several of our dwarf figs trees.  We will show you the best techniques to get the most from these wonderful plants. There are plants in stock ready for planting now or later in the spring.


Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers 

 Whether its tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, cucumbers, beans or what-have-you, wait until the soil warms enough so these more hot-season plants can take off when planted. Last year we planted up one of our raised garden beds here at the store in late April and by late May we were ready to harvest many of the lettuces, kales and romaines we put in. This is only a 4' X 4' space and we had nearly 20 heads of lettuce, beets, peas, some onions, herbs  and more. You can be enjoying fresh salad from your own garden in late spring if you plant in April. Perhaps its time to start getting your garden ready.


Summer Blooming Bulbs Are Now Here

While the spring blooming bulbs are busy growing beneath our gardens and pots, you can start to get ready for the growing season by taking a few minutes and getting your summer bulbs in the ground or in a pot. You will now find a great selection of vibrantly colored dahlia tubers ready to spring into action once they are laid in the ground or into one of your summer containers. They will give you tremendous quantities of flowers all the way through the summer and well into fall for such little effort this time of year. In fact they will keep producing right up until we get our first frost of the season which may not even happen until winter! Come in soon for the best color choices and we'll show you how simple it is.

Colorful pots grow colorful vegetables!

From cedar raised garden beds to fiberglass pots to EarthBoxes you will find lots of ways to grow edibles beautifully at Magnolia Garden Center. There are hundreds of pots, containers, grow boxes, raised garden bed kits, wine barrels and more to choose from. Stop by and check 'em out. Click here for more information.





 Itoh Peonies and more "If you admire the colorful exotic flowers of tree peonies but prefer the perennial growing cycle of its herbaceous counterpart, Itoh peonies, also know as Intersectional hybrids, are made for you. In the quest to create a true yellow herbaceous peony, in 1948 breeder Toichi Itoh was the first to successfully cross a tree peony with a herbaceous selection.  However, because these plants were slow to multiply and expensive to produce, they were only available to a limited market.  This all changed in 2004 when a tissue culture laboratory learned how to produce Itoh Peonies in vitro.

 Itoh Peonies resemble tree peonies with a domed, vigorous growth habit and large double flowers with disease-resistant lacy, dark green foliage.  They are winter dormant and grown exclusively in our Oregon nursery."                                     MONROVIA PLANTS

Takara (Treasure) pictured above

Glorious Hydrangeas                         

We have a huge collection of beautiful hydrangeas in bloom right now. They are just covered with flowers and look simply divine. Here is a current list of those in stock: Annabelle, Golden Crane & Tuff Stuff Reblooming Mountain Hydrangeas (A couple of  Monrovia/Dan Hinkley introductions), Pinky Winky, Endless Summer, Invincibelle Spirit, Vanilla Strawberry, Expressions, Limelight and Little Lime. Stop by and add one of these beauties to your yard today!






Hydrangea paniculata Limelight








Fall is Here                                Pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks

As the days get just a bit cooler and the nights just a little longer its time to start getting ready for a visit from the Great Pumpkin!   And to help get ready we have all the decorations you'll need from corn stalks (with real ears of corn) and straw bales to Cinderella pumpkins, ghost pumpkins and more. And for Thanksgiving you will find lots of great decor in our Fall display at the Magnolia Garden Gift Shop.




Winter Birds of the Pacific Northwest

Birds often struggle to get enough to eat in the winter. They rely primarily on wild foods such as fruit on trees and seed heads. However, due to changes in their environment or scarcity in an urban environment, these wild foods are often in short supply and many birds supplement the naturally available food with seed and suet found in home bird feeders.

Feeding birds is a good way to get them through the harshest parts of the winter months, but ultimately does little to counteract loss of environment. Still, having birds in your yard is a great way to interact with, learn about, and appreciate nature. In addition to feeding birds, planting trees and shrubs that produce fruit or seed, is a great way to create a safe and abundant place for wild birds to congregate and survive the winter.

Here at Magnolia Garden Center, we offer a wide range of products to suit your birding interests. Everything from food and feeders to bird houses and squirrel baffles. Check out our selection Here. Below is a guide to which types of man-made foods birds in  the PNW prefer during winter months:                  

Bird Species

Preferred Food Type

Products We Carry

American Goldfinch Millet, black sunflower, hulled sunflower, thistle Wild bird food, songbird food, black oil sunflower, Nyjer Thistle
Bushtit Suet & insects Suet in many varieties
Chickadee Black sunflower, suet & insects Black sunflower, Patio Mix, suet
Dark-Eyed Junco Millet, black sunflower, suet in many varieties Wild and songbird food, Suet in many varieties
Evening Grosbeak Black sunflower Black sunflower, Patio Mix
House Finch Millet, black sunflower, hulled sunflower Black sunflower, Patio Mix, wild and songbird food, Finch Mix, country nut mix, Nyjer Thistle
House Sparrow Millet, hulled sunflower, cracked corn Cracked corn, wild and songbird food
Hummingbird Nectar and insects Nectar mix and concentrate
Mourning Dove Millet, black sunflower, cracked corn Cracked corn, songbird food, black sunflower
Nuthatch Black sunflower, suet & insects Black sunflower, suet
Pine Siskin Black sunflower Black sunflower, Patio Mix, Finch Mix, Nyjer Thistle
Rock Dove (Pigeon) Millet, cracked corn, milo Song bird food, Patio Mix, cracked corn
Rufous-Sided Towhee Millet, black sunflower Wild and songbird food, black sunflower, country nut mix
Song Sparrow Millet Songbird food
Starling Milo , suet Suet in many varieties
Stellar's Jay Black sunflower, suet, peanuts Black sunflower, Patio Mix, suet in many varieties
White-Crowned Sparrow Millet, black sunflower Millet, black sunflower
Woodpecker Suet, nuts & insects Suet, country nut mix, Patio Mix, woodpecker food
Wren Suet & insects Suet in many varieties



Summer Flowers

July is an excellent time to start enjoying all of the lovely blooms you planted this spring, or to add even more color to your current collection. Our nursery is a veritable painter's palate of color at the moment. Stop by and enjoy the sights and smells of summer blooms today!


What's New Right Now

Summer is here and it is time to fill your landscape or garden with all the colorful plants and veggies that are available right now. Flowers such as petunias, snapdragons, impatiens and geraniums are in full bloom and are ready to transform your garden beds or containers with much needed vibrant color. It is also time to select and plant some of our healthy, organic and delicious herbs and vegetables. Cool season crops like lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and kale are available, as are warm season crops like cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. Get these veggies in the ground now to ensure a summertime harvest of home grown, delectable produce, better than anything you could buy at a grocery store.   

Cacti and Succulents Have Arrived

 Have you ever wanted to experience the beauty and satisfaction of having a house plant, without all of the worry and care that a tropical houseplant requires? We have the perfect thing for you! We just received a large order of cacti and succulents. Many of them are blooming and all of them are fantastically beautiful and unique.


We have everything from Echeveria, Kalanchoe, and Aloe, to Crassula, Sedum and Cacti. They all come in a multitude of colors, shapes and textures, that will fit any planting container and home decor. The best part about these plants is their low maintenance nature. They practically thrive on neglect. Just give them a sunny corner and watch them bloom and grow with ease!