Hello Christmas Lovers!

We loved having you at the Christmas Hurrah! in previous years and hope you had a great time. We are sending this email to remind you that this year's event is fast approaching on Friday December 6th to Sunday December 8th.

We have a full range of Christmas Rose workshops in store for you including Outdoor Containers, Wreaths and Centrepieces. We also have our DIY Indoor Christmas Rose project so you can doll up a hellebore to bring indoors for the holidays..

For those of you who have honed your wreath-making skills already at our wreath-making workshop we have added a new workshop called ADVANCED Wreath-making. This "master class" with Full Bloom Flowers owner Diane Levings will take you deep into design with holiday greens and teach you about the myriad possibilities for festive displays. Don't miss it!

At the Christmas Hurrah! you'll also be able to buy Christmas roses, other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection and other notable hellebores to brighten up your garden this winter.

As you know, this is one of the most festive and fun weekends of the year at Phoenix. Already our Outdoor Container Workshop is sold out so we have added another session on Sunday afternoon. We hope to see you for some Christmas cheer.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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In this Issue

1. The Christmas Hurrah! -- Celebrating the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and the Helleborus Gold Collection with fantastic hellebores, special holiday-themed workshops and a DIY project not to mention lots of holiday cheer!...
2. Hellebore Meet and Greet -- Here are the hellebores you'll meet at the Christmas Hurrah!
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THIRD ANNUAL
The Christmas Hurrah!

Celebrating the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and the Helleborus Gold Collection with fantastic hellebores, special holiday-themed workshops and a DIY project not to mention lots of holiday cheer!

Friday to Sunday December 6th to December 8th, 2013
10am-3pm
(Please note these special winter hours.)

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This year we are excited to continue our tradition: The Christmas Hurrah! The inspiration for the event comes from combining a new innovation in hellebore breeding with an old tradition from northern Europe.

A New Innovation

The new innovation is the Gold Collection cultivars of the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, from the breeder Hueger of Germany that show incredible vigour and floriferousness relative to older forms. They also start blooming in November and December in our climate, much earlier than the common Christmas rose.

An Old Tradition

The old or traditional inspiration comes from northern Europe where the Christmas rose is brought inside the house in pots to grace Christmas tables and displays or given as party gifts over the holiday season just as we would a pointsettia in North America. Unlike pointsettias, the hellebores can be planted out in the garden in spring for years of enjoyment.

At our Christmas Hurrah! you'll be able to purchase blooming plants of Helleborus niger 'Jacob', 'Jonas' and 'Josef Lemper' which bloom from November or December all the way to March! We will also have other cutting edge members of the Gold Collection available for sale that begin blooming in the new year.

You'll also be able to participate in various workshops to doll up your hellebores with some festive decorations and plantings and take them home to adorn your house or garden or to give as gifts. Four workshops will give you the opportunity to doll up your home for Christmas using the Christmas rose.

 

The Christmas Rose Workshops

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Christmas Rose Indoor Container Project | Fri Dec 6th to Sun Dec 8th, 1-3pm | $30 + tax includes one hellebore & all the fixings. | Come any time during the weekend, select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay or festive metal pot, and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home or for gifts for friends and family! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. Register Online!
 
NEW! SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Advanced Wreath Making Workshop: Beyond the Expected | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Fri Dec 6th, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials | For those with experience in making traditional wreaths (such as those who have already taken the Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop) Diane will lead you in a workshop that breaks all the rules and inspires you to create festive displays that go beyond the ordinary. With Diane’s careful and inspiring instruction you’ll surprise yourself (and your family and friends) with your new creation to celebrate the Christmas season. Bring a friend to maximize your fun. Register Online!
   
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centrepiece Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sun Dec 8th, 10am-12pm | $55 + tax includes all supplies except Bring Your Own Container or buy one at the workshop. | Grace your holiday table with a fantastic, florist-quality seasonal centrepiece brimming with festive greens, winter twigs and cones, taper candles and hellebore flowers! Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers (www.fullbloomflowers.ca) will be your expert instructor! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. Register Online!
   
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 7th, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Wreaths were the first way flowers and foliage were used for decoration. Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers will teach you about the history of wreaths and their design as you build your very own festive wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then show you how to use Christmas roses, Helleborus niger, and other fresh flowers in your wreath! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. You may bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath if you like. Register Online!
   

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 7th, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest.
Shelley will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up. Bring a friend to maximize your fun. SOLD OUT Register Online!

SECOND SESSION ADDED Sun Dec 8th, 1-3pm. More Info and Register Online!

See you at the Christmas Hurrah!

 


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Hellebore Meet and Greet
Here are the hellebores you'll find at the Christmas Hurrah!
The Christmas Roses
Blooming Nov/Dec until April
Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob' - Christmas Rose - Slightly fragrant, single, pure white blooms in profusion make this the best cultivar for Christmas decorating. Flowers turn light green and pink with age. Dark green leaves with serrated edges have burgundy stems. Blooms over a long period between November and April with multiple waves of flowers. The Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. This selection is a big improvement on the normal H. niger. Deer resistant.
Helleborus niger 'HGC Josef Lemper' - Christmas Rose - Slightly cupped, huge, pure white, outward-facing flowers turn to light green. Strong stems and dark green foliage. The largest of the HGC nigers with loads of garden presence. Blooms over a long period between December and April with multiple waves of flowers. The Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. This selection is a big improvement on the normal H. niger. Deer resistant.
Helleborus niger 'HGC Jonas' - Christmas Rose - 'Jonas' offers tons of flowers each of which has extra petals - 6-7 as opposed to the usual 5. The flowers have a fuller look. It begins to flower in mid to late November or into December making it perfect for Christmas decoration inside the house and in the garden. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.

Other Hellebores from the Gold Collection
Blooming Jan/Feb until April

Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Pink Frost' - Hellebore - A place of honour in the pantheon of plant introductions seems all but assured for 'Pink Frost'. Pink buds open to reveal pink flowers that mature to deep pink. The darkest pink tones develop in colder temperatures. Handsome, silvery green foliage on red stems. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Cinnamon Snow' - Hellebore - Large, cinnamon pink buds open to creamy white white flowers suffused with rose and cinnamon. The back of the petals are also touched with cinnamon. Sturdy, dark green foliage is complimented with burgundy stems. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Love Bug' - Hellebore - 'Love Bug' is like a smaller version of the unendingly popular 'Pink Frost'. Pink buds followed by pink flowers maturing to deep pink. The darkest pink tones develop in colder temperatures. Handsome, silvery green foliage on red stems. The leaves and flowers are slightly smaller than 'Pink Frost'. Great in containers! The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Maestro' - Hellebore - 'Maestro' starts with pink buds opening to white flowers with dusty rose reverses. Flowers then age to a lovely pink. Compact plants, deep green leaves with lighter veins and red stems. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Mahogany Snow' - Hellebore - 'Mahogany Snow' offers mounds of big flowers with pink buds opening to white with pink reverses and then aging to mahogany pink. Compact plants, deep green leaves and reddish stems. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Merlin' - Hellebore - 'Merlin' is a magical hellebore with pink buds and pink flowers that age to an incredible raspberry purple. Pinks will be deeper in cooler temperatures. The outward facing flowers sit atop mounds of dark green foliage and are held on dark reddish stems. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Platinum Rose' - Hellebore - 'Platinum Rose' has bright rose buds opening to creamy flowers that age to dark rose. This gorgeous floral display is held on red stems above fantastic, large blue-grey leaves. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Monte Cristo' - Hellebore - This stunner has mounds of blue-grey leaves above which are held creamy white and yellowish flowers with peachy pink reverses on red stems. Flowers age to green and pink. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Champion' - Hellebore - Pink buds open to large, creamy white flowers with a dark pink reverse. Rich, attractive, dark green, shimmery foliage. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Shooting Star' - Hellebore - 'Shooting Star' produces incredible mounds of small creamy white flowers with pink reverses. As the flowers age pink and green develops in the face of the flower. Red stems and rich green foliage complete the show. Blooms over a long period from February to April with multiple waves of flowers. The Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Camelot' - Hellebore - The days of 'Camelot' are not over. Pink buds open to creamy pink flowers reveal pink flowers. Handsome, rich green foliage on red stems. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Marlon' - Hellebore - Bright white flowers develop a pink tinge with age, held by purple stems above dark green foliage with lighter green veins. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x nigercors 'HGC Ice Breaker Pico' - Hellebore - This heavy-blooming cultivar has white flowers blushed with pink on the reverses and aging to green with a pink picotee. Blue-grey compact foliage. Great in the landscape. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x nigercors 'HGC Ice Breaker Prelude' - Hellebore - The white flowers emerge with a green flush down the centre of each sepal giving the appearance of a green star. The flowers age to a glowing green sometimes with a hint of pink. Blue-grey compact foliage. Great in the landscape. The outstanding Helleborus Gold Collection brings magical, new life to winter and early spring blooming hellebores. Flowering the first year, they are long blooming, with lots of outward-facing buds and blossom. Deer resistant.
Other Hellebores
Blooming Jan/Feb until April
Helleborus x sahinii 'Winter Bells' - Hellebore - If you're a hellebore collector, take note. 'Winter Bells' is the successful result of the near impossible cross of the Christmas rose and H. foetidus. The result is an upright plant with a mound of leathery foliage and copious numbers of pendant, two inch wide, cupped cream flowers with pink reverses. Blooms up to seven months! Limited quantities. Deer resistant. Will bloom from November well into spring.
Helleborus x sternii 'Silver Dollar' - Hellebore - A lovely compact hellebore with serrated, silver leaves held on pink stems. In early spring these are topped with loose clusters of flowers that are mauve-pink on the backs and creamy green inside. As with all stemmed hellebores plant in more sun than the hybridus types. Deer resistant.
Helleborus lividus Pink Marble - Majorcan Hellebore - Pink Marble is a strain of the uncommon H. lividus, whose wild populations are limited to the island of Majorca in the Mediterranean. Less hardy than other species, it can be grown in a protected spot with overhead protection from buildings or larger plants. The gorgeous glossy green leaves are highlighted with creamy silver veins and held by pinkish purple leaf stalks. Long purplish green stems hold bowl-shaped creamy green flowers with a mauve-pink blush. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Moonbeam' - Hellebore - This hellebore has the most spectacular foliage within the genus -- blue-green leaves boldly adorned with dramatic, criss-crossing, silver veins combined with bright red petioles where the leaflets join. The clumps sport outfacing white flowers in spring which age to pink and then near red. A cross between H. lividus and H. niger from the UK's Harveys Garden Plants. Easier to grow than either of its parents. This hybrid group can be planted in more sun than typical hellebores. Deer resistant.
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Pirouette' - Hellebore - Pink buds open to creamy white flowers suffused with pink (front and back) that darken with age to a rich pink. Flower stems are arching and floriferous making this an interesting plant for containers. Deer resistant.
Helleborus 'Penny's Pink' - Hellebore - Pink buds open to deep pink flowers that slowly deepen to green and deep pink tones. The foliage is a bluish-green and emerges with pink-flushed veins that slowly lighten to silver-green. A pink hellebore that could give 'Pink Frost' a run for its money! Great in the garden or containers. Deer resistant. Available fall 2012.
Helleborus 'Anna's Red' - Hellebore - This breakthrough hellebore brings the bold red colour of the nodding H. x hybridus into the stemmed group of hybrids previously limited to white, green and pink. 'Anna's Red' has bold red flowers held on top of leathery, boldly-mottled foliage that emerges first flushed with pink then fading to silver and mint green. Bound to be an instant classic. Great in the garden or containers. Deer resistant.


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10% Off Christmas Gift Certificates
for In-Nursery and Mail Order!

Be a hero this holiday season to the gardener in your life
OR buy one for yourself to save in 2014!

Our popular gift certificates are great for stocking stuffers or for under the tree. If you've got an avid gardener in your life this is the perfect gift to get them dreaming about spring and next year's garden. Gift certificates are available in any amount.

This holiday season we are offering 10% off gift certificates purchased in November and December 2013 to use starting in 2014. These are unrestricted gift certificates and never expire. Get some for Christmas presents for friends and family or buy one for yourself and save on your 2014 gardening projects!

Directions

1. Click on the link below. In-Nursery Gift Certificates are for use in person at the nursery. Mail Order Gift Certificates are for use on our mail order system.
2. Fill in the information fields.
3. Select the face value amount you would like for your gift certificate(s) and complete your transaction. Your credit card is not processed automatically. We will process payment for 10% less than the amount you have selected. For instance, if you purchase a gift certificate for $100 we will process payment for $90.
4. Gift certificates will be mailed out within two days. If we are mailing your gift certificate please order by Dec 19th for local delivery, December 18th for delivery within BC and December 17th for delivery across Canada.
5. This 10% offer ends on December 31st, 2013.

6. Begin using your gift certificate at the start of our 2014 season. Gift certificates purchased with our special offer cannot be used at our 2013 Christmas Hurrah! event.

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