Azusa Farm was started in 1995 as a small-scale plant collector and propagator. Trial gardens were established over the years, taking advantage of the fertile river-bottom soil and the mild maritime climate in the lower Skagit Valley.
During the early years, the 10-acre ground grew mostly low shrubs tailored to the wholesale trade as well as avid gardeners. The offerings gradually
broadened to include ornamental and edible perennials, shrubs, and trees, many were rare and unusual.
In 2007, when the expansion of Highway 20 west of Interstate 5 moved forward, Azusa also went through a series of expansions. By spring 2009, a 4,000 square-foot retail store opened its door in front of the new highway to better market the products and services to the home owners and landscapers.
In 2011, with an already-abundant collection of flowering plants and woody cut stems in the field, the farm joined the rank of specialty cut-flower growers to serve the floral industry.
Today, the farm has emerged to become a full-service garden center treasured by the local community as well as a tourist destination for the Puget Sound area.
Unrelated to the city of Azusa in Southern California, the Azusa name was dedicated by the founders of the farm to the mystic “Azusa tree” in the ancient
Japanese culture. The tree, a species in the genus of Catalpa, had an intimate connection with the traditional Japanese martial art of archery. It has been the choice wood for the magical (and uniquely asymmetrical) bows, over a long period of time. In direct translation, the Japanese name of the archery, Kyudo, is “the way of the bow” - "kyu” means the bow and “do” means the way. According to Shinto beliefs, the bow made with Azusa wood is used to ward off evil spirits during the standing meditation.
Strongly influenced by Zen-Buddhism but not a religious practice, the mastery of the archery requires the complete wellness of the heart-mind-body continuum.
Similarly, the farm bearing the Azusa name would strive to emulate the simple elegance and quiet dignity associated with the Japanese archery. The spiritual Azusa tree would, therefore, represent the sharp focus of the business to provide a broad product line that enhances the holistic wellness of its customers, be it from healthful produce, soothing colors from many types of flowers, or harmonious garden settings.
So come see us and allow us to serve you. We really mean it when we say customer satisfaction is our utmost priority!