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Score your Christmas trees and gifts in Monroe

It’s officially Christmas Season!

We have the Christmas jams on here at the nursery, and we’re fully decorated with holiday items in stock! We’ve been a favorite destination in the Monroe area for Christmas trees and gifts for 15 years!

Falling Water Gardens has been a favorite location for Christmas trees for many years because we’re a local business, and we keep the trees in water while they wait to grace your home or business.

Read below for details on how to care for your fish in freezing weather, and a look at an incredible one-of-a-kind water wheel project we installed recently.

Come visit us just outside Monroe! You can also connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Christmas Trees and gifts in Monroe

Trees are in! Many families come back to us year after year for their trees, and we’re always thrilled to see the same faces each season. Our gift shop is decked out in holiday décor and great gift items for the gardeners and pond lovers in your life!

We will be open seven days a week, from 10 AM until 5 PM through Christmas. Follow us on Facebook for daily posts, Holiday gift ideas, and other fun announcements!

Why buy your Christmas trees and gifts from us?

  • #SupportLocalBusiness
  • Trees are cut as soon as they arrive and placed upright in fresh water. This ensures that your trees are hydrated and healthy when you take them home.
  • Gorgeous selection of fresh Noble fir trees.
  • 4′ up to 10′ tall!
  • We have a new product: a Christmas Tree preserver. Developed by Oregon Forestry Laboratory. The ingredients help the needles stay on longer & the tree stay fresh. The gel in it prevents the water in the tree stand from drying up.
 

Environmental Benefits

Real Christmas Trees: The Best Choice
Each holiday season, shoppers find themselves confronted with a choice: celebrate with a fresh, real tree, or one that is artificial plastic or aluminum. What most people don’t realize is that the best choice has always been the traditional and natural choice — a Real Christmas Tree.

Real Christmas Trees Benefit the Environment
While they’re growing, Real Christmas Trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen. The farms that grow Christmas Trees stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas Trees are grown on soil that doesn’t support other crops.

Real Christmas Trees Are Renewable
Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms just like any other agricultural crop. To ensure a constant supply, Christmas Tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest. On the other hand, artificial trees are a petroleum-based product manufactured primarily in Chinese factories. The average family uses an artificial tree for only six to nine years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill for centuries after disposal.

Real Christmas Trees Are Recyclable
Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes.

Real Christmas Trees Help Preserve Green Spaces
Real Christmas Trees are often grown on soil that does not support other crops.

Care for your tree
We want to make sure you get the most out of your Christmas tree this year. To avoid losing large amounts of needles and ensuring your tree to last you through the holiday season, we recommend you follow these steps:

Essentials: Water your tree regularly.
Keep your tree away from open flames and heat sources, preferably in a cool room. Under-floor heating will dry out the needles much quicker so try to avoid setting it up in an overly warm space.

Cover the floor or table area where you place your tree to protect against water spills.
Wear garden gloves when handling your Christmas tree as the needles can cause a mild allergic reaction and rash on sensitive skin.

HOURS OF OPERATION NOTICE

We are currently operating on HOLIDAY Hours.

Open DAILY from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Open seven days a week, from 10 AM until 5 PM through Christmas eve. Come score your Christmas trees and gifts here with us!

Christmas Trees and Gifts

Christmas Trees in Monroe

Trees are in! Many families come back to us year after year for their trees, and we’re always thrilled to see the same faces each season. Our gift shop is decked out in holiday décor and great gift items for the gardeners and pond lovers in your life!

We will be open seven days a week, from 10 AM until 5 PM through Christmas. Follow us on Facebook for daily posts, Holiday gift ideas, and other fun announcements!

Why buy your Christmas tree from us?

  • #SupportLocalBusiness
  • Trees are cut as soon as they arrive and placed upright in fresh water. This ensures that your trees are hydrated and healthy when you take them home.
  • Gorgeous selection of fresh Noble fir trees.
  • 4′ up to 10′ tall!
  • We have a new product: a Christmas Tree preserver. Developed by Oregon Forestry Laboratory. The ingredients help the needles stay on longer & the tree stay fresh. The gel in it prevents the water in the tree stand from drying up.
 

Environmental Benefits

Real Christmas Trees: The Best Choice
Each holiday season, shoppers find themselves confronted with a choice: celebrate with a fresh, real tree, or one that is artificial plastic or aluminum. What most people don’t realize is that the best choice has always been the traditional and natural choice — a Real Christmas Tree.

Real Christmas Trees Benefit the Environment
While they’re growing, Real Christmas Trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen. The farms that grow Christmas Trees stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas Trees are grown on soil that doesn’t support other crops.

Real Christmas Trees Are Renewable
Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms just like any other agricultural crop. To ensure a constant supply, Christmas Tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest. On the other hand, artificial trees are a petroleum-based product manufactured primarily in Chinese factories. The average family uses an artificial tree for only six to nine years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill for centuries after disposal.

Real Christmas Trees Are Recyclable
Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes.

Real Christmas Trees Help Preserve Green Spaces
Real Christmas Trees are often grown on soil that does not support other crops.

Care for your tree
We want to make sure you get the most out of your Christmas tree this year. To avoid losing large amounts of needles and ensuring your tree to last you through the holiday season, we recommend you follow these steps:

Essentials: Water your tree regularly.
Keep your tree away from open flames and heat sources, preferably in a cool room. Under-floor heating will dry out the needles much quicker so try to avoid setting it up in an overly warm space.

Cover the floor or table area where you place your tree to protect against water spills.
Wear garden gloves when handling your Christmas tree as the needles can cause a mild allergic reaction and rash on sensitive skin.

 

HOURS OF OPERATION NOTICE

We are currently operating on Fall Hours.

Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Closed Tuesday-Thursday, except by appointment only

We will switch to Holiday hours on Friday, November 25th.
Open seven days a week, from 10 AM until 5 PM through Christmas eve.

Setting up your tree

Keep your Christmas tree outside in a sheltered area, preferably standing in water, until you are ready to bring it indoors and set it up. At Falling Water Gardens, we cut the Washington-grown trees upon arrival and place them upright in water.

No need to re-cut trees at Falling Water Gardens because we do it as soon as they arrive at the nursery. If you still feel it is necessary to have a fresh cut, prepare the base of your tree using a handsaw. Cut about a half inch to an inch off the bottom to aid water absorption.

Don’t cut the base at an angle, in a V-shape. None of these methods help water absorption and they may make it more difficult to hold the tree safely in a stand.
Mount your tree as soon as possible.

Allow the branches to settle for a few hours before decorating.

Tree stands come in different shapes and sizes. You never want your tree to dry out, so the stand needs to have water in it at all times. Water regularly.

Make sure your tree is straight before you start decorating it. It’s a good idea for at least two people to put up your tree; one holding it stable while the other fixes the base.

Check the water level in your stand every other day and keep topped up.

Are you tired of buying generic Christmas ornaments each year? Looking to having statement pieces that have more sentimental value? Visit the gift shop for a festive and fun selection of ornaments and other holiday decor that you will enjoy for many years to come.

Featured Design

These customers had an existing water wheel that they moved from their old home to their new home. It needed a water feature to make it run.

We created a “pondless” water feature that starts at the top with a large shallow pool so that the water wheel would fit in it and turn. The water then runs down a 15′ long stream into another lower “puddle” at the bottom.

We prefer to make our “pondless” water features end in a very shallow “puddle” only 2″-4″ deep. It is still safe for children or pets but feels more natural than the water ending up falling into a gravel pile. If the customer wants absolutely no standing water we will also build it that way too!

Pond & Fish Care in Freezing Weather

Is freezing weather in the forecast? Here’s how to keep your fish and pond equipment safe.

Fish

Koi and Goldfish are extremely hardy. The cold weather doesn’t affect them too much.

As water temperatures decrease, you will notice your fish slowly making their way to the bottom of the pond. The water at the bottom is warmer than the water at the top. The fish will remain down there, in hibernation mode, waiting for warmer spring temperatures.

Water Movement

When it’s practical, suck water from the surface rather than the bottom of the pond. If your pump is sitting at the bottom of the pond and it’s possible to do so, try to lift it closer to the surface.

There is no need to do anything else with skimmers because they are already sucking from the surface. If you have a more elaborate plumbing system, switch to surface suction instead of bottom suction, if possible.

Curious about what to do if your pond starts to freeze? We have a special page with details on how to care for your pond in freezing weather.

Koi Corner

 

Showa

This is a must-have, according to Lauren here at the nursery!

The first Showa was born in 1927, after breeding a Ki Utsuri and a Kohaku. This breed was later improved in 1965 by breeding a female Showa with a male Sanke and a male Kohaku.

Showa are sometimes confused with a Hi Utsuri.

Showa are black fish with red and white markings. There must be red and black markings on the head. Showa are known for their vibrant Hi (red) and the proportionate Sumi (black) and Shiroji (white). The markings on these beautiful fish resemble thoughtful brush strokes.

Breeding your Showa with a Kohaku or Sanke will help improve the markings and color.

Showa Koi Falling Water Gardens

Featured Plants

This is the time of year for evergreen plants! Here we have a few that’ll be green no matter the season.

Sarcococca confusa

A truly handsome species. This evergreen shrub is densely covered with dark, glossy green foliage.

Sweetly scented clusters of tiny white flowers that are followed by showy, glossy black fruit. Excellent ground cover or mixed border plant for shady areas.

Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)

One of the most robust and reliable, this hardy North American native male fern offers wonderful texture with glossy, leathery, slightly toothed foliage.

Vigorous clumps are formed of many long fronds; in cool, shady locations up to four feet long; in warmer, less humid areas plants are more compact. Thrives with little care when established, keeping up appearances even in hot, dry weather!

Chinese Pittosporum (Pittosporum Heterophyllum)

Small, narrow glossy green leaves. White flowers in early spring, intoxicatingly sweet scented.

Makes a great hedge! Grows to 8-12”, but can be kept smaller. Evergreen in zones 7-9.

Plant Database

Did you see something you’re interested in on a recent visit and can’t remember the instructions to care for your new plant? Check out our plant database, and ever-growing index of the plants we sell here at the nursery. You can get tips on the amount of sun, watering needs, placement in the garden and even other plants that may pair well with what you have!

If you’re ever here on site and are curious about something you see, scan the QR code on the sign to access the database entry on the plant in question.

Weddings & Events

 

We have a brand-new website for our spectacular wedding venue! Visit us at www.rusticweddingseattle.com to see the new website.

You can take a tour of the venue as it looks in peak season by visiting our Youtube page.

If you or someone you know are planning to get engaged this holiday season, we’d love to have you here for a tour! Visit our weddings page for details.

We give tours all year long, as the venue remains open to the public in the off-season. Contact us for details, or to schedule a walkthrough!

We also have our annual open house coming in May – stay tuned for details, and mark Mother’s Day weekend!

Gift Shop & Decor