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A Look Back at 2017

A Look Back at 2017

So much has happened over the past year at Swansons! It was a year full of fun, projects, and community. We want to thank you - our amazing customers - for making it such a great year! Here are some of the highlights of 2017, in pictures.

A Weekend of Fun: Fall Festival 2016

A Weekend of Fun: Fall Festival 2016

Fall Festival at Swansons was October 22-23. This was a fabulous weekend event full of family fun! We filled our North Greenhouse with Autumn-themed kids’ activities and games, and even a few baby goats! It was a whirlwind of fun from tractor hay rides to Pumpkin Putt Putt to racing veggie cars to autumn arts and crafts.

Holiday Gift Guide!

Holiday Gift Guide!

All of us at Swansons struggle with finding the perfect gift sometimes, too - but we're lucky to have a multitude of amazing items all around us every day. So we decided to offer up a curated gallery of our favorite gifts.

You'll find something for everyone on your list - from gardening fanatics to little brothers to your one true love. Click on each image to see the items in more detail.

Reindeer Festival Opening Weekend Recap

Reindeer Festival Opening Weekend Recap

The Opening Weekend of our season-long Reindeer Festival was the perfect way to jump into holiday cheer! We had a host of family activities over Opening Weekend! Little ones were never short on things to do. Saturday and Sunday morning we had the best craft workshop!

Dedication & Art Installation at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club

Dedication & Art Installation at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club

After all the hard work, the new art garden and parklet are finally ready to be enjoyed by the community. Last week we held a dedication ceremony attended by Swansons, Curator PR, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, local Press and, most importantly, kids, staff and families of the Boys & Girls Club.

New Art Garden and Parklet for the Ballard Boys & Girls Club

New Art Garden and Parklet for the Ballard Boys & Girls Club

For the past six weeks, a team here at Swansons Nursery has been working with Curator PR on a community landscaping project for the Ballard Boys & Girls Club. We've been busy re-imagining the existing entry as a welcoming and interactive garden and parklet for club members and their families and this past week we weeded, dug, planted and watered until we dropped.

Why We Garden, Reason #12 (and a half)

Why We Garden, Reason #12 (and a half)

So I confess I was a bit surprised when I stumbled across a great article about the virtues of the dandelion, written by Saara Nafici of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Brooklyn? you say. I know, right? When I think of Brooklyn, I think concrete jungle, not meadows of wildflowers (It's okay, Seattle, our designer chickens are still designery-er than theirs).

Just Hatched: the Weekly Update 5/2

Just Hatched: the Weekly Update 5/2

It's been a hard week here at Swansons. We are so sad to say that we lost one of our chicks at the beginning of the week. Flower had always been our most delicate chick, but we had strong hopes that she would grow stronger each day and pull through. Unfortunately, she was just too weak and, despite all our care, she didn't make it. We are glad to see that the other chicks are doing well and growing each day.