New Exhibitor Spotlight – My Garden Nursery
I feel so fortunate to have a high-quality nursery about two miles from my house. When the owners of the former Wileywood Nursery retired, I really missed having a neighborhood nursery so close at hand. Then nursery industry veterans Jenny Gunderson and Bill Raynolds took the plunge and bought the nursery, fulfilling their dream of opening their own neighborhood garden center, My Garden Nursery.
Jenny has a long background of nursery display design at both Molbak’s and the former Eagle Hardware (now Lowes). Bill is a plant geek who plodded away at international banking in Asia and Russia before realizing his destiny of dirty hands and plant obsession. Together they have brought the nursery back to a renewed life and it’s better than ever. And they have made it a real success story – My Garden Nursery recently won King 5 TV’s Evening Magazine’s ‘Best of Western Washington’ award in the Home & Garden category.
What I especially love about My Garden Nursery is the gorgeous long display border that fronts the nursery. It’s a blast of blooming color every time I drive by on the Bothell-Everett Highway in Mill Creek. But I think what I like even better are the cheerful staff, always so helpful every time I’ve shopped there.
The nursery, which opened in November 2006, also offers distractions for the kids while you shop for plants, with a train set and a ping pong table. Plus you can cross two things off your list of errands since they continued the tradition of offering an outpost Post Office at the nursery where you can purchase stamps and mail packages. Sure beats waiting in a long line at the sterile Post Office in town.
My Garden Nursery focuses on prime residential landscape materials, including smaller trees that won’t outgrow your property, well behaved shrubs, perennials and annuals. They have a large variety of Heucheras in rich colors of deep plum, burgundy and brilliant chartreuse. I bet you can’t leave without at least a few of those in your car.
Jenny and Bill and the My Garden staff believe in sustainable gardening, and offer organic soils, composts, fertilizers, and soil, pest and disease remedies, along with plenty of organic vegetable starts and herbs. They have two Master Gardeners and three Certified Professional Horticulturists on staff, along with several designers to help you with design problems or help you choose container plants.
Throughout the year they host many events, including wine tastings, the ‘Hayster Celebration’ and the Horticultural Haunted House in October. In December they have a Treasure Hunt Holiday Open House. They offer many classes and seminars and are a nice destination for garden clubs to combine a seminar with a shopping spree.
When you enter the nursery you instantly get the feeling that it’s a place that likes to have fun. Originally they were going to be a “No Gnome” nursery, but Jenny explained that so many of their customers asked for gnomes that they decided to carry them, along with the puns. Then there are the Moss People. You can bet that anyone who has such unique topiary characters not only loves plants but has a fun sense of humor.
But there are some things Jenny and Bill take very seriously, and that is their work on behalf of Alzheimer’s and cancer. Jenny lost both her parents to Alzheimer’s disease, so they nursery has done many fundraisers since they opened. To date they have raised over $25,000 that they have donated for research into Alzheimer’s. And Jenny herself is a cancer survivor, so the nursery supported the Susan G. Koman Walk for the Cure when it came through Mill Creek last summer, raising $8,000.
For the 2009 Northwest Flower & Garden Show the staff at My Garden Nursery designed a beautiful garden in the Container Exhibition on the sky bridge that received rave reviews from attendees. Now they will be a new exhibitor, so be sure to stop by and greet the friendly staff at booth # 1301 and welcome them. And check out their website at http://www.mygardennursery.com/, or stop in instead of whizzing by on the Bothell-Everett highway in Mill Creek. You’ll be glad you did, as I’m sure you will make new friends at My Garden Nursery. – Janet