Hello People Who Like to Eat Their Gardens!

We're getting into that exciting time of year for edibles. Tomorrow we host a new workshop on growing herbs and preparing them for soothing teas. We still have space in the workshop. Details and a link to register are below.

We also have lots of interesting edible workshops coming up on edible containers, how to grow tomatoes, herbs for international cooking, growing unusual and subtropical fruit, honeybees, and our perennial favourite Cocktail Gardening with famous bartender David Wolowidnyk from West Restaurant.

Our pre-sales are also ongoing for the new grafted tomatoes and "tomtato" and the new Pixie grape. These will be available in a few short weeks at the nursery so order now.

In the next installment of the Edible Alert we'll be highlighting all the cool edibles that are now in stock at the nursery including a wide range of berry and fruit bushes and vines, some of which are very unusual. We also have in stock a full range of herbs and greens. Warmer season crops like tomatoes and basil will be here in a couple weeks.

Yours in Edibles,

Gary and the Phoenicians

Pixie Grape
Pre-Sale

A dwarf grape with tons of fruit.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' "TomTato" and Fruit Salad Trees!

It's a grafting revolution with incredible new food plants especially perfect for small spaces and increased food production.
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Upcoming Edible Workshops

This Weekend
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | The (Garden) Art of Zen: Healing Herbs & Soothing Teas | Kate | Sat April 25th 1-3pm | $14 | In our fast-paced world we need to wind down and relax a little. Get some help from your own garden by growing healing herbs that you can use for soothing teas and aromatherapy. Kate will introduce you to the best herbs, discuss their benefits for body and soul, and teach you how to use them to achieve your own state of Zen.
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Coming Soon
CONTAINER SERIES | Edible Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Growing Edibles in Pots Then Plant Your Own | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 9th, 2-4pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners who want to grow edibles in containers that are beautiful and productive all at the same time. After some discussion of different edibles and some practical and design instruction, each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous edible container.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Instructor: Gary | Sun May 10th, 1-2pm | FREE* |Tomatoes are the most beloved of all garden edibles because no tomato tastes better than one grown in your own garden. Come have all your tomato questions answered such as modern vs. heirlooms, grafted vs ungrafted, the best cultivars for our climate, and how to successfully grow tons of delicious tomatoes in pots and the garden.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | International Cooking: Herbs & Veggies of the Great Culinary Traditions | Kate | Sat May 16th, 10am-12pm | $14 | In this around-the-world culinary voyage Kate will discuss many great culinary traditions - French, Italian, Indian, Thai, Mexican, and more - and introduce you to their distinctive herbs & veggies. She'll discuss how to grow them successfully in your own garden and how they're used in classic recipes that you can cook at home!
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Subtropical and Unusual Fruit for the West Coast Garden | Instructor: Larry | Sat May 16th, 1-3pm | $14 | Did you know that you can grow citrus outside in Vancouver AND harvest fruit to eat??? Join our resident expert on everything subtropical, unusual and edible for local gardens. From hardy olives to hardy citrus, goji berries to tea, honey berries to Asian pepper, kiwis to pomegranates plus figs, bananas, kumquats and much more, Larry will fill you in on the exciting world of rare and unusual shrubs that will inspire you and your taste buds and impress cocktail party guests. Larry will chat about the range of interesting shrubs and small trees you can grow in your gardens, including their relative levels of hardiness, how to care for them and all the fun things you can do with their fruit.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES| How Sweet It Is: Backyard Bee Keeping and Bee-Friendly Plants | Bob Fisher, West Coast Bee Supply with Gary | Sun May 24th, 10am-11pm | FREE* | Bees are some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet and they make one of the sweetest and most beloved of foods. They are also responsible for the pollination of countless crops, especially fruit trees and berry bushes. With the relaxing of by-laws in many municipalities many homeowners are now allowed to keep bees in their own backyards. Join local bee expert Bob Fisher of West Coast Bee Supply as he introduces you to the world of the honeybee and gives you some advice on the basics of backyard bee keeping. Come with lots of questions. Bob will bring one of his own thriving beehives to the nursery to introduce you to the honeybee up close and personal! Then Bob and Phoenix Perennials owner, Gary, will discuss the best bee-friendly plants for the garden. At the end of the workshop you can even head down the street to Bob's business and buy some bees and bee-keeping equipment to get started!
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 13th, 1-3pm | $20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed West Restaurant in Vancouver to learn how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This guy knows how to mix a drink! Step up to David’s bar where he’ll show you how to muddle, mix, infuse, shake and stir your way to fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden all while telling you stories as only a bartender can. As you sample David’s creations Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present the different edibles used in the cocktail and discuss how to grow them in your garden. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss!
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Pixie Grape Pre-Order

The new Pixie Grapes are a new series of dwarf grape vines for containers that will produce fruit in their first year and forever more after that. They are perfect for small spaces and patios, conversation pieces, and as a gift for every wine lover you know. The first Pixie Grape is 'Pinot Meunier Purple', one of the three Champagne grapes. It is projected to only grow to about 2+ feet tall and wide and to get lots of bunches of grapes on its small frame over a long season.

Our plants will be available for pick-up just before Mothers' Day. They will be in 1g pots with an attractive trellis and they are projected to already have bunches of green fruit on the vines! Fingers crossed for the fruit as it is the first year of growing them.

 

Your Pixie Grapes will look like the picture above when they arrive in a one gallon pot with a trellis. They should have fruit but the fruit will be green in May and ripen through the summer for summer and fall picking. After a few years your Pixie Grape will look like this. You can grow it in a large pot on your patio or balcony.

The Pixie Grapes will be in a 1g pot with trellis for $27.99 + GST.

More Info and Pre-Order

 


 

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Mighty Mato Pre-Sale

Welcome to our exciting tomato pre-sale where you can pre-plan your 2015 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with some of the most cutting edge edibles available. Pre-sales allow you to secure the exact plants you desire and allow us at Phoenix Perennials to make sure we have exactly what you want.

After you've noted which tomatoes you want, click on the Register Now button at the bottom of this page to order them. We will email you when they are available for pick-up. The estimated date is May 1st, 2015.

The Revolutionary, New "TomTato" is a hand-grafted plant that brings together tomatoes and potatoes, two close relatives, that together give us one of life's great pleasures: 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' Tomtato -- Hundreds of delicious, super sweet cherry tomatoes on top and up to 4-5 pounds of yummy potatoes just below the soil! Tomatoes and potatoes are closely related. They are grafted by hand and grow happily together as the revolutionary 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. Double your production of edibles from the same space. Great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 1g pot, 26.99 + GST

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Mighty Mato Grafted Tomatoes consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties hand-grafted onto super strong tomato rootstock that confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in up to 2-3 times more tomatoes per plant than ungrafted plants! Heirloom tomatoes that are sometimes shy in their yields produce like never before. Cool modern varieties also produce extra large yields. This year you can select the regular single grafts or the the new Mighty 2'Mato double grafts.

Double Graft Mighty Matos

Mighty 2'Mato 'Brandywine' + 'Cherokee Purple' -- Two tomato varieties hand grafted onto the same rootstock great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 'Brandywine' and 'Cherokee Purple' are two of the most popular of the large heirloom tomatoes. They produce delicious fruit with complex flavours and will produce good yields in our region if planted in nice hot spots. 1g pot, 26.99 + GST

 

Mighty 2'Mato 'Indigo Cherry Drops' + 'Indigo Pear Drops' -- Two tomato varieties hand grafted onto the same rootstock great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. Indigo tomatoes produce large crops of fruit with dark purple shoulders packed with healthy anthocyanins. Indigo 'Cherry Drops' produces 1" wide, round, rich red cherry tomatoes with intense sweet flavour and 500-1000 fruit per plant in ideal growing conditions! Indigo 'Pear Drops' produces sweet, yellow, pear-shaped tomatoes also with huge yields. 1g pot, 26.99 + GST

 

Mighty 2'Mato 'Sun Sugar' + 'Sweet Aperitif' -- Two tomato varieties hand grafted onto the same rootstock great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 'Sun Sugar' is hands down the most popular tomato variety amongst Phoenix Perennials customers producing orange-yellow cherry tomatoes said to be amongst the sweetest in the world. 'Sweet Aperitif' is a brand new cultivar with luscious, red cherry tomatoes said to be even sweeter! You can't resist, can you? 1g pot, 26.99 + GST

 

Single Graft Mighty Matos

Mighty Mato ‘Amish Paste’ -- Heirloom paste tomato produces tons of meaty 6–8 oz. red fruits—one of the best for sauces and canning. Thrives in short summer areas. 80-90 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Beefsteak’ -- Bright red, slightly ribbed, 4–5″ heirloom tomatoes with delicious, sweet, meaty flesh. An excellent slicer, but also wonderful for cooking, salads or canning. 85-95 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Big Beef’ -- Red, globe-shaped, 1 lb. fruits with a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. Abundant, firm, crack-resistant tomatoes produced over a long period. 70-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Big Zac’ -- This prize-winning variety has been known to produce fruits weighing up to 6 lbs.! Huge, glossy-red beefsteaks are ideal for slicing, sandwiches. 80-90 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Black Cherry’ – Purple-black cherry tomatoes with an exceptionally sweet, complex flavor that earns it high ratings at our Heirloom Tomato Festival tastings each year. Great yield. 75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Black Krim’ -- Violet-red, slightly flattened, 4–5″ fruits with near-black shoulders have intense, smoky flavor. Heat tolerant. Color deepens as summer temperatures rise. Russian heirloom. 70-90 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Blush Tiger’ -- A julienne cherry tomato sought after for its exceptionally sweet, juicy, tropical flavor. The 2″ elongated fruits are ready when a pink blush appears over the golden-yellow skin. Bred by Fred Hempel of Artisan Seeds. 75-85 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Brandywine’ (Sudduth’s) -- This famous heirloom produces 1–2 lb., scarlet-pink beefsteaks with high acid and sugar content. Considered one of the world’s best-tasting tomatoes. 80-90 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Pink’ – A unique and beautiful cherry tomato with bright red and golden orange stripes and a wonderful, sweet flavour. Great yields. 60-70 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Purple’ -- Striped, crack-resistant cherry tomato in vivid violet and dark green stripes combines standout visual appeal and superb flavor! Round, 1½” fruits are gorgeous and tasty in fresh salads. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Sunrise’ -- New, striped cherry tomato with yellow stripes over red marbling. A descendant of ‘Blush’ with more prominent marbling. Beautiful and bright cherry tomato with complex, sweet, and fruity flavor. Produced by the Artisan Seeds breeding program. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Cherokee Purple’ -- Dusky rose, 8–12 oz. round fruits with complex, old-time flavor. 19th century heirloom. Perfect for slicing, sandwiches. 75-85 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Early Girl’ -- Bright red, 4–6 oz. round slicers. Early, dependable, and flavorful fruits in almost any climate. 50-60 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Homestead 24’ -- Round, red, 8 oz. heirloom tomatoes are smooth and uniform with good flavor. Compact, heat-tolerant plants ideal for high temperatures and container gardening. 80-90 days. Determinate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Apple’ -- New, rare addition to the “blue tomato” series with extra-high anthocyanins! The 2–4 oz. fruits start green and purple, ripening to near black in the sunlight. Good sweet flavor. 70-80 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Kumquat’ -- Stunning clusters of 2–3″ purple-black fruits that turn a rosy red when ripe. Deep red flesh with strong acidic flavor. High levels of anthocyanin. Breeder’s rule of thumb: If you think it’s ripe, wait three more days before you pick it. 75-85 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Rose’ -- Marbled, “green-when-ripe” elongated cherry tomato. When ripe, brick-red panels appear between its green stripes. Incredible, complex flavor with hints of tropical tang and deep sweetness. Produced by the Artisan Seeds breeding program. Newly released in fall of 2013. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Ruby’ – Rich ruby-red, plum-shaped tomatoes with black shoulders with great flavour and aroma. 80 days. Determinate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Lucky Tiger’ -- Marbled, “green-when-ripe” elongated cherry tomato. When ripe, brick-red panels appear between its green stripes. Incredible, complex flavor with hints of tropical tang and deep sweetness. Produced by the Artisan Seeds breeding program. Newly released in fall of 2013. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Mortgage Lifter’ (Estler’s) -- Dark pink, 1–2 lb. fruits are meaty with good, old-time flavor. Heirloom known for its productivity. 85-95 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Pineapple’ -- Huge golden beefsteaks, marbled in cherry-red have mild fruity flavor. Heirloom with yields of 1–2 lb. fruits. 85-95 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Stupice’ -- Extra early and reliable; cool-season heirloom produces 2″ red fruits with wonderful, balanced, sweet-acid tomato flavor. Perfect for gardeners in northern climes or first of season production in warmer areas. 60-70 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Sun Sugar’ -- 'Sun Sugar' is hands down the most popular tomato variety amongst Phoenix Perennials customers producing orange-yellow cherry tomatoes said to be amongst the sweetest in the world. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Sweet Million’ -- Sweet, bright red cherry tomatoes produced in large clusters. Crack and disease resistant. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST

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