A popular Mill Creek garden nursery is moving to Bellingham.
Jenny Gunderson and Bill Raynolds have purchased property on Guide Meridian north of Walmart and decided to move My Garden Nursery there. The nursery, known for its variety of plants and gnomes, was voted the best Home and Garden Store in Western Washington in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by "Evening Magazine" viewers.
One reason for the move, Gunderson said, is because they were leasing land in Mill Creek and they wanted to own their property. They looked around Mill Creek, but didn't find anything that worked out.
They then expanded their search to Bellingham and fell in love with the area. The fact that this area has so many outdoor activities is a bonus, Gunderson said.
The property they bought is two acres near the Van Wyck Road intersection. They plan to put in gardens, a greenhouse and a café. They're just getting started on the design and permit process, so it's hard to say when they will open in Bellingham, but they're aiming for spring or early summer.
Along with the nursery, their business is known for being involved in fundraisers. They've raised more than $70,000 for Alzheimer's research over the years in a variety of ways, including a memory garden that honors people who have struggled with the disease. Gunderson, a breast cancer survivor, is also active raising money for that cause.
Gunderson has been in the garden nursery industry for more than 30 years and started My Garden Nursery in 2006. She said her nursery strives to offer a lot of color, with the Heuchera species being one of the more popular plant varieties.
"Our goal is to have a colorful, fun nursery," she said.
For more information about the nursery, and updates on the move to Bellingham, visit the company's Facebook page or Mygardennursery.com.
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