Hello, again!

Angie and I love going to the southwest part of the country like Colorado and New Mexico. I introduced you to David, our host at the Boxcar Cafe in Chama, NM awhile back. After going to the weekly Cars & Coffee in Albuquerque and breakfast at the Frontier Restaurant, our trip took us to Taos for a couple of days. Santa Fe was fun, but there is something more relaxing about Taos.

In Taos, Angie and I found the Habitat for Humanity project I worked on when I chaperoned my daughter Kristen’s high school senior trip in the summer of 2000. I vaguely remembered the location, outside of town on the road to the Gorge Bridge. On the trip, I remembered visiting a local nursery where the owner donated plants for the project. It was nice seeing many of the plants still thriving at the house we helped build.

On the way out to Taos, with a carload of high school girls I recall one of the girls asking, “Mr. Johnson, is it 'Where gardeners go' or 'Where gardeners grow' in the Johnson’s jingle?” After giving it some thought I told her that I really didn’t know! I was just surprised that an 18-year-old even knew our jingle. It’s one of those catchy tunes that once it’s in your head, you hear it all day! For the Christmas season, the jingle is switched up a bit, and I know for sure how it goes: “Johnson’s Garden Center, Christmas is here!” Here, have a listen.

Well, Christmas is here now at Johnson’s. Becoming a Christmas Shop is something we’ve done since the 1960’s at the store. I remember Dad telling me about going down to Warneke Wholesale Floral during one of their open houses and buying a pickup truckload of decorations. We were in the Christmas business from that day on! As with anything, it has evolved from that first load of decorations. Now we have your favorite local college team (WSU, KSU, KU) decorations, pixie elves, gnomes, polar bears and so many more decorations and gifts that create memories for all ages. You’ll also find treasured collectibles like Fontanini Nativity, Biedermann hand cut ornaments, and Byers’ Choice Carolers. And of course, one of the things that signals Christmas to me, a hot cup of Aspen Mulling Spices.

Stop by the stores this weekend for our Christmas Open House, which runs Thursday through November 14. We’re open until 8pm this Thursday and Friday night. Our “elves” have done an amazing job transforming the stores; it’s all the inspiration you need to begin preparing for the holiday season. Soon we’ll have our fresh cut Christmas trees, wreaths and garland in stock. I can’t wait!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center