Display Blog Posts By Category
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Posted By: Shelley Levis in Christmas

Are you trying to figure out what to get everyone on your list for Christmas? We know it can be challenging to come up with gift ideas that are as unique as the people receiving them. Our team put together 24 fantastic solutions that are sure to bring smiles Christmas morning and will help you check off a few boxes on your list!
Best Mom Eva

#1. Best Mom Eva!

Of course,we start with the most important woman on everyone's list! Our apparel section has the most beautiful (and super soft!) scarves, wraps and sweaters. Pair it up with a gorgeous bag and add a pretty accent necklace and you got your Mom covered this year.

The Salad Maker

#2 The Salad Maker

That co-worker / work friend that brings a salad for lunch (like every single day), will love growing their own fresh sprouts in this jar and sprouting seeds gift idea.

Gifts For The Yogi

#3 The Yogi

You don’t have to stretch yourself trying to come up with an idea for this person on your list. They will love receiving the energy you put into getting them any of these thoughtful gifts. Namaste.
Gifts For Teacher

#4 For Teacher

We have plenty of living gifts ideas for that person who spends their days encouraging young minds to grow. Check out our selection of perfect gifts for teacher.

Gifts For The Beer Master

#5 The Beer Master

He’ll get hopped up on these great décor accessories to add to his mini bar where he serves up his latest brew.

Gifts For The Dog Lover

#6 The Dog Lover

Everyone has that friend or family member that posts a pic of their pooch every. single. day! Follow their lead and get them something they’ll love to share with their fur-baby.
Gifts For The Deep Thinker

#7 The Deep Thinker

Any Bliss Bandit on your list will love these fabulous gift ideas. Our incense is made with all - natural spices and is perfect for getting into the zone.

Sucka For Success - Gifts for Succulent Collectors

#8 Sucka for Succas

You know the type, they seem to come home with a new cactus or succulent every week! We have a huge selection of plants and cool little pots perfect for giving this person who simply can’t get enough.

Gifts For The Indoor Grower

#9 The Indoor Grower

It might be cold outside, but growers be growing year - round with the book Countertop Gardens. Pair this manual on how to grow indoors with some growing supplies for the perfect gift for the budding gardener on your list.

Gifts For The Crazy Cat Lady

#10 Crazy Cat Lady

We all have one on our list! She’ll love any of these Purr-fect gift ideas.

Gifts For The Hockey Mom

#11 Hockey Mom

She’s your #1 fan and biggest cheerleader! Keep your Mom warm in the stands while she cheers on Canada’s favorite game.

Gifts For The Busy Bee

#12 The Busy Bee

They need a time out! We absolutely love these essential oils and these beautiful ceramic (that’s right, not plastic!) diffusers. This is a must for anyone that needs a break.

Gifts For The Outback Jack

#13 The Outback Jack

Not sure what to get that fella that just loves the outdoors? We havee a few gift ideas that will remind him of his favorite past time even if he’s at the office.

Gifts For The Book Worm

#14 The Book Worm

They love books, they love gardening. We have a great selection of books they can dig into and bury themselves in during the cold winter months.

Gifts For The Mood Maker

#15 The Mood Maker

Salt rock lamps are an excellent gift to give! Not only do they create a warm ambient glow, they also clean the air, reduce allergies and asthma symptoms and neutralize electromagnetic radiation. Every household should have one! We also have selenite and amethyst crystals in store.

Gifts For Tea Toters

#16 Tea Toting

Have you ever had Lavender Earl Grey Tea? It’s like a little bit of heaven in a mug! If you have a tea lover on your list, then you must get them this tea. 100% Satisfaction guarantee!

Gifts For The Road Warrior

#17 The Road Warrior

Some folks love road trips and discovering new places. These adorable car accessories will help them travel in style!

Gfts For The Houseplant Hoarder

#18 Houseplant Hoarder

Plants are like Pringles, you can never have just one! Not sure what to give someone? Give them a living gift that helps clean the air, creates a calm environment and brings green indoors!

Gifts For The BBQ King

#19 BBQ King

Have you ever tried Lavender with lamb? Your king of the grill will love trying out these lavender infused ingredients!

Gifts For The Shelfie Styler

#20 Shelfie Styler

Shelfies say something about who you are and what you love. We have those special something somethings that will make your shelfie express your selfie. (psst... don’t forget to add a plant!)

Hostess Gifts

#21 Hostess Gifts

On your way to a dinner party? Don’t forget to bring the wine and one of these wonderful gifty ideas for the host.

Gifts For Sister Style

#22 Sister Style

You don’t have to worry if it will fit if you buy your sister one of our gorgeous wraps! So soft and comfy, she’ll wear it everywhere.

Gifts For The Crazy Plant Lady

#23 The Crazy Plant Lady

Yes, they dwell among us and they simply cannot get enough! Feed their addiction by visiting our tropical department and be sure to grab them this bag. The will carry it with pride!

Stocking Stuffers

#24 Stocking Stuffer Ideas

It might be last minute, but it’s a little gift that gives a lot! Drop in and grab one of our gift cards to stuff into their stocking. Good for home décor, seed starting supplies, gorgeous containers and of course... PLANTS!


Friday, December 12, 2014
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Christmas

If you are busy with shopping, visiting and other events this season but still want to pull off a bit of sparkle and panache with your Christmas décor here are 5 easy indoor WOW elements to have fun with.

Christmas Terrariums and Miniature Gardening

Think Small - Miniature Gardens

Miniature gardens and terrariums are hot, hot, hot! They are also fascinating to look at and incredibly easy to make. You can create a miniature world out of succulents, ferns and moss and teeny tiny twigs, airplants and driftwood or you can even take a page out of our fearless leader Rebecca’s Pinterest design book and make a simple, stylish and seriously awesome bulb terrarium with paperwhites, gravel, moss and a mason jar!

Natural Décor for Christmas

Natural Is In

Natural is in this year! Decorate your mantel with evergreen boughs, pinecones, bark and berries or add some wooden ornaments and pinecones to your tree. Who would have ever thought that barnwood and burlap would be a design trend? You can even fill a decorative wooden bowl with pinecones. Now this is a design idea that is just my cup of herbal tea and will go brilliantly with my woolly socks and sandals. Seriously though, bringing a bit of nature inside is an elegantly simple and cozy decorating idea.

Mixed Metals

Mixed Metals - Silver and Gold

If the natural look isn’t for you mixed metals can glitz up your loft, dining table, mantel or anywhere you want to create some eye candy! The hot trend in sparkle this year is mixing silver, gold and bronze…together!!! I KNOW right?!!!

Christmas Birds

Birds

Everything from natural looking nests to full on beaded glittery doves do woolen red Cardinals. Birds and birdhouses are also hot this year. One of our most popular trees at the Christmas fair was the tall birdhouse tree. I am going to add some natural looking felted birds to my twigs, greens and pinecones for a 1-2 punch of style! KABAM!!

Pinterest Florals

Pinterest Florals

Pinterest has created a resurgence in design and is an incredible source of inspiration. Many of the design ideas you'll see help bring a little bit of sunshine (aka flowers) into your house. This is a timeless tradition. Paperwhites, Amaryllis, Christmas Cactus in bloom all remind us Spring is just around the corner. With Paperwhites and Hyacinth there is also a heavenly fragrance. They are also fun, economical and….dare I say…educational! Succulents are incredibly hot right now too. Did you know you could use succulents and airplants as christmas tree ornaments?

Painted Poinsettias

Painted Poinsettias

Everybody loves using the classic red, white or pink poinsettias in their festive decorating endeavors. However, if you are looking for something a little different, how about blue, purple or sparkling ones? A little bit of floral paint, some glitter and a whole lot of love and you have the makings of something extraordinary.

Need more help decorating your home for the holidays? Drop by Art's Nursery and our design specialists would be happy to make suggestions and provide advice. We're open everyday until Dec 24.


Friday, December 12, 2014
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Christmas

Let's be honest. At this time of year your garden can look a little drab, dreary and down-right ugly. The holidays give us an opportunity to spruce things up a little. No pun intended. Here are 5 great outdoor decorating ideas for the holidays to bring a little festive cheer to your home.

Christmas Hanging Baskets

Holiday Hanging Baskets

Honest, they look amazing! Don’t empty your old planters just clip off the dead top bits. Make sure the soil is damp and then stick in greens, twigs, holly and even some glitter. At our house that is often where old ornaments go for their last hurrah. They look awesome in the winter hanging baskets! I like to hang these low, below eye level so that folks can look down into them.

Winter Planters

Winter Planters

We’ll be enjoying these longer than our summer planters! I mix in smaller evergreens like Lemon Cypress, low creepers like Wintergreen, some evergreen Hart’s Tongue Ferns and tuck a couple packages of bulbs into my planters too. I do leave gaps because I like to fill mine with evergreen boughs and bows and some old outdoor lanterns for a bit of sparkle and glow.

As we get closer to spring I remove some of the spent evergreen boughs to allow for the bulbs to come up and then tuck in a couple of pansies or Primulas. My winter pots are constantly evolving. I can add a little more red as we get close to Valentine’s day and…well…you get the picture. For the summer I move them into the background or even on to the back deck where they’ll get a bit more shade.

Door Swags and Garland

Swags and Garlands

Awesome and simple. Ok mostly simple…wear gloves so you don’t stab yourself with the wire and branches of the garland and then swear in front of your neighbours kids. With the garlands you can place around the door frame or to one side. Make sure you they will not get caught in the door as you open and close it.

Keep your swags and garlands misted if we have clear and cold weather and they are real. If they are everlasting, you get to skip this step! If we get our usual winter weather, Mother Nature can take care of the misting. Come in and visit us at the nursery and you can sip hot chocolate and look at the different ways we have used the garlands if you need some ideas!

Christmas Wreaths

Wreaths

From greens to pinecones to bells and berries. Too many to choose from. What is interesting is that folks will also put them in unexpected places like a shed that you walk by or see out the window. I’ve even spotted a mini wreath overtop of a dog door. Hot this year are Boxwood wreaths, in both round and square. You can even get a diamond shaped one ... (inside joke :) )

Holiday Illumination and Lanterns

Lanterns

Illumination of all kinds is a given. Choose simple, beautiful or even sparkly. Classic lanterns look way better than cheesy big-box Christmas lights. Group them together indoors or out. Mix sizes and colours. Fill not only with candles or led candles but pinecones or glittery Christmas balls.

Have a fantastic, cozy and safe Christmas! Come in and take a gander at our Christmas Market…the hot chocolate is on and we even have mini marshmallows!! You can wander around and pick up some great Christmas ideas from our fabulous designers! We're open until Dec 24th to serve you. We've also got more tips for decorating your indoor space for the holidays.


Thursday, December 12, 2013
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Christmas

December came in with a frosty blast of winter cold. We might actually make a winter of it this year and if we’re lucky (or not, depending on your point of view) we might see even more snow. Here is your list, it’s a small one, you are likely busy enough!

Is it Too Late To Plant?

We often get the question, 'Is it too late to plant?'. In Metro Vancouver, the answer is no. You can always plant around here... except if the ground is frozen. So take a break right now, but once we warm up to our regular 5-10 degrees through December, it is generally ok to plant. If in doubt, give us a call at 604.882.1201.

As crazy as it sounds, sometimes it is important to water your plants in winter. Often the main culprit of winter plant death is wind - which tends to dry and dessicate plants. When it is above freezing, water once or twice during the month if the rains are scarce. Try to find the balance between over watering and under watering. Very few, if any plants want to sit in cold standing water.

Winter Lawn Care

Lawns

Not much you can do while it’s frozen, just remember heavy traffic on the lawn while it’s frozen will cause some wear and tear. Take note of any poorly drained areas to adjust in warmer weather.

Garden Beds

Please don’t work garden beds when the ground is frozen, it compacts the ground and wreaks havoc on the grounds natural drainage. Water just seems to sit in a heavily trodden garden bed making your plants very unhappy. If you feel the need to garden, do it on paper! Plan for the springs projects, research plants and peruse online or hardcopy seed catalogues. With the leaves off it is probably easier to note any plants that need to be moved or divided in spring.

Winter Tree Care

Trees and Shrubs

You can thin things a little bit but leave your main pruning for late winter. If the ground is not frozen, you can move or add trees and shrubs but be sure to water them in…it isn’t to give your plant a drink, but rather to get rid of air pockets which could would cause frost heaves -most annoying when you’ve gone through all that trouble to plant your tree straight!

Winterizing Palm Trees

We’ve had a lot of questions about winterizing palms. Some palms need a greenhouse or other protection and you can check with the Pacific Northwest Palm Society for specific needs of more exotic palms. The best advice I’ve had for Windmill Palm Trees is to string non-led Christmas lights up the stem and leave them turned on during the colder evenings…I believe 7 watt Christmas lights were mentioned. Pretty and effective! Avoid wrapping them with burlap as it collects water and freezes which will damage the growing crown. If you are so inclined, you could build a little greenhouse around them to shelter them from the cold wind.

Winter Palm Tree Care

Pots & Containers

With that first dry run of cold weather, evaluate your winterizing, make sure your smaller pots at least are clustered up close to the house or are insulated in some way. Bags of leaves are pretty handy insulators as is carpet underlay and bubble wrap.

Tools, Mowers etc.

If you haven’t already winterized them and emptied the gas out of the mower do so now…saves you and your equipment a lot of trouble.

Feed the Birds in Winter

Feed the Birds!

Make sure bird feeders are clean and ready to go. Suet balls and peanut butter pinecones rolled in seeds are pretty cool outdoor Christmas decorations…and they attract your colourful feathered neighbours.

Have a fantastic December and a very warm and Merry Christmas! Take some time to sit a spell outside in a garden, or a park or a forest with a warm drink and look at the winter magic all around you, it is truly inspiring.

Cheers...

Laurelle


Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Christmas

In this short video, Laurelle helps you choose the best Christmas tree from the options available in the Pacific Northwest. Each type of Christmas tree has different features, benefits and characteristics. Some have great fragrance, others have long lasting needles. Learn the difference between them in this information christmas tree video.

Some of the trees mentioned in the video include:

  • Noble Fir
  • Nordman Fir
  • Fraser Fir
  • Douglas Fir
  • Grand Fir

For more information about Christmas trees at Art's Nursery visit our Christmas Tree Information Page.  Flocked Christmas Trees also available.

Want to save money on your christmas tree? Download our 2013 Christmas tree coupon!


Sponsored Advertisement

Be Part Of Our Growing Community!

Subscribe, Like or Follow Us Online

  Learn More >>

Blog Profile

arts nursery logo
Art's Nursery is a 10+ acre retail and wholesale garden centre located in Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We've been in business at this same location since 1973 and we're proud to serve you today!

We carry an incredible selection of plants, shrubs, trees, annuals, perennials, vines, groundcovers, roses and much more. Soils, bulk materials, pottery and a variety of garden accents are also available.

Our plant selection is so large that you can actually drive a golf cart while you shop!

We pride ourselves on providing high quality plant, expert advice and an exceptional gardening experience.


Subscribe To Our Newsletter


Blog Search

Recent Posts

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
20 New Fall Planting Bulbs for 2019

With the final days of summer slowly approaching it’s only natural for us gardeners to start plannin...

Sunday, August 4, 2019
Fruit Fool

August is upon us and, almost to compensate for this wistful reminder of summers end, we are rewarde...

Sunday, August 4, 2019
Quince & Fig Chutney

The all too brief season of figs will soon be upon us. Fig trees are a treasure of the European gard...

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
The Summer Garden

There is a myth, probably born in heat & nurtured in the longing for shade & leisure, that there “is...

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Stone Fruit Chutney

In July and August, all the stone fruits begin to ripen - there is an abundance of plums, apricots &...

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Hummingbirds Like It Hot, Bees Have the Blues & Butterflies Play the Field

Summer is finally here, and the garden is in full bloom and the weeds have settled to a dull roar.  ...

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Introduction to Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are a lovely and diverse genus, many of which have become essential parts of our garden v...

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Learn to Grow Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are a very easy care shrub, especially for us here on the west coast, but good cultivatio...


Tag Cloud

bulbs fall bulbs planting spring flowers flowering gardening pacific northwest british columbia canada blooming narcissus daffodils tulips tulipa hyacinth muscari grape hyacinth crocus iris foxtail lily camas lilyfruit fool blog recipe fruit peaches nectarines stone fruit family whipped cream sugar local produce local surrey vancouverquince fig ficus fig tree chutney fresh fruit baking delicious food jam flavor diy shop localsummer garden summertime pollinators plants perennials relaxing nature deadhead hydrangeas hibiscus fruit trees pruning growing cooking cherries apricots canning bees hummingbirds butterflies crocrosmia rudbeckia watering mophead hydrangeas lacecap hydrangeas hydrangea basics what is a hydrangea deciduous shrub hydrangea plants panicle hydrangea paniculatahow to grow hydrangeas learn to grow hydrangeas hydrangea care growing hydrangeasnew plants whats new arts nursery ruffles echeveria spinning gum tree eucalyptus hop organic compost fuyu persimmon itoh peony Joanna marlene itoh peony baptisiahanging baskets hanging basket tips hanging basket care growing hanging basketsroses select roses brad brad roses vogue anniversary vogue rose red rose pink rose apricot rose fragrance lower mainland nursery garden centrecamellia evergreen shrub shrub blooms winter blooms camelia japonica debutante bob hope sasanqua yuletide winter containers porch pots winter planters winter decorations Christmas planters Christmas containers Christmas potsgift ideas Christmas gifts great Christmas ideas garderns gift ideas gift ideas for gardenersdeciduous trees smaller conifers smaller yards dwarf conifers small space gardeningfall fall gardening winter gardening November plants with fall colour fall colour winter berriesgreen manure cover crops fall crops fall rye rejuvenation mix fall foliage plant combinationsgarden. edibles fall veggies farmers markets long table dinner kale fall and winter gardensferns woodland plants tree ferns polystichum adiantum dryopteris plants for shade

Blog Roll

Other interesting gardening blogs that we follow include:

Blog RSS Feed

Keep in touch by subscribing to our RSS/Atom News Feeds


Subscribe Via FeedBurner

 Subscribe in a reader

Art's Nursery Ltd.

8940 192nd Street,
Surrey, BC, Canada,
V4N 3W8

Tel: (604) 882-1201
Fax: (604) 882-5969
Email: info@artsnursery.com
Hours:Hours of Operation
Map:Map & Directions
Contact:Contact Us

Art's Nursery is dog friendly

Subscribe to Our E-Newsletter

Copyright (c) 2019 Art's Nursery Ltd.  | 8940 192nd Street, Surrey, BC, Canada, V4N 3W8  | tel: 604.882.1201  | SiteMap  | Privacy Statement |