Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid April 2013

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
Mid April 2013

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

I am more than excited to launch our full lineup of workshops for 2013. We have added lots of cool and cutting edge workshops, many of which are related to food. Don't miss our stellar line up including Haute Couture Gardening where you can plant up moss purses and pumps (picture below)!

In the last issue we launched our new venture Phoenix Perennials Mail Order offering an online shopping experience and mail order service across Canada. Lots of orders have come in already. Please let your friends and family across Canada know.

Mark your calendars for the first weekend of May for May Maple Mania featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples plus a free workshop by maple expert and UBC Botanical Garden Associate Director Doug Justice.

In this issue you'll find info on our upcoming workshops, new plants, our new Email Alerts, the Perennial Plant Association's Public Day and our first installment of Fabulous at Phoenix.

In this issue we announce our Charity Shopping Weekend schedule for 2013. Lots of charities could use your support. All you have to do is shop!

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

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Perennial Plant Association Symposium
Public Seminar Day

Sunday July 21st, 2013
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver
Featuring Six Incredible Speakers from Vancouver and across North America. Details Below.

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. May Maple Mania -- Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples and a free workshop by UBC's Doug Justice.
2. Workshops 2013: Come Learn with Us -- This is our most exciting year ever with tons of new workshops...
3. Mail Order Across Canada -- A new frontier for Phoenix Perennials -- the rest of Canada! We have now launched our Mail Order Shopping cart system and orders are already coming in from across the country!
4. Our New Early Warning Email "Alert" System -- Our new system of "Alerts" will keep you updated on different areas of interest at Phoenix Perennials...
5. New Plants for 2013 -- There are hundreds of new plants each year and...

6. Perennial Plants and Design: A Perfect Combination -- A one-day seminar, presented by the Perennial Plant Association, for the benefit of home gardeners, master gardeners, professional gardeners, green industry professionals, and landscape enthusiasts.
7. Charity Shopping Weekends: Help Local Charities by Shopping for Plants at Phoenix! -- Since 2004 Phoenix Perennials has donated over $12,000 to local charities and institutions. Help them earn more!
8. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendardar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Description
Fri-Sun
May 3-5
May Maple Mania
Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples plus a free workshop by maple expert and UBC Botanical Garden Associate Director Doug Justice.
Register Online!
Sat-Sun
May 11-12
Mothers' Day Free* Lily
Free lilies for moms and grandmoms on Mothers' Day. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.
Sat
May 18
Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society Annual Plant Sale at Phoenix Perennials, 10am-5pm, www.hardypalm.org
Sat-Sun June 15-16
Fathers' Day Free* "Guy-Lardia"
Free Gaillardias for Dads and Granddads on Fathers' Day. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.
Fri-Sun July 13-15
The Summer Sizzle
Celebrate the botanical glories of high summer with specially priced plants and other surprises.
Sat
Sept 7
The Heirloom Tomato Festival
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!
Fri-Sun
Dec 6-8

The Christmas Hurrah!
Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights with workshops and DIY projects. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!

 

 

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Please Vote for Us in the Best of Richmond 2013 before April 30th!
Last year we finally edged out Home Depot for third place in the Best Garden Store category. We also got third place in the Best Customer Service category. This year we want to move on up! And there are other categories we might fit into as well! You can vote once every day until April 30th and you don't have to be a resident of Richmond to vote! Placing in this contest is a great way to raise the profile of the nursery with free advertising. Thanks for your help! Please tell your friends! Click here to Vote.


1.

Special Event
May Maple Mania

Friday through Sunday May 3rd to 5th, 2013
Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples plus a free workshop by maple expert and UBC Botanical Garden Associate Director Doug Justice.

Free Workshop
The World of Maples with Doug Justice
The Japanese maples commonly available to the gardening community, while lovely, poorly represent the astounding diversity and breathtaking beauty of this most useful group of small trees. Doug is an expert on maples. At this workshop he will wax poetic about the beauty and diversity of Japanese and related maples and then get practical and talk about growing them in the garden and containers. | Instructor: Doug Justice, Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden | FREE* | Register Online! | *$5 registration fee is required to hold your place. This will be refunded in full at the workshop in the form of a $5 coupon. This fee is non-refundable for those who register but who don't attend.

Upcoming Special Events

Mothers' Day Free* Lily | Saturday and Sunday May 11th and 12th, 2013 | Mom's need beautiful things and Phoenix Perennials is here for Moms on Mothers' Day. On Mothers' Day weekend come on down, show us that you're a Mom or Grand Mom by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free lily as a thank you for raising the next generation of gardeners. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

Fathers' Day Free* "Guy-Lardia" | Saturday and Sunday June 15th and 16th, 2013 | Show us that you're a Dad or Grand Dad by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free "Guy-Lardia" (otherwise known as Gaillardia or blanket flower) as a thank you for raising the next generation. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

The Summer Sizzle | Friday to Sunday July 13th to 15th, 2012 | 10am-5pm | Celebrate the botanical glories of high summer with specially priced plants and other surprises.

The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Saturday September 7th, 2013 | 10am-5pm | With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!

The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 6th to 8th, 2013 | 10am - 3pm | Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!

 


2.

Workshops and Classes at the Nursery in 2013

Our Most Exciting Year Ever!

Welcome to our 2013 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering over 30 different classes on a wide range of gardening topics including Cocktail Gardening, Moon Gardens, Harry Potter and Hungry Hobbit Gardens for Kids, Haute Couture Gardening, Living Walls, Keeping Honeybees, combining Chocolate and Fruit, growing and preserving edibles, and much more!

 

Online Registration: We now use online registration so you can book workshops 24 hours a day seven days a week. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. If you wish to register by other methods please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or visit us in person.

Our workshops are grouped thematically into series to keep them organized and help you make your selections.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

 

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

April

CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 27th, 10am-12pm | $14 + $40 Wreath Frame = $54 | And you thought wreaths were only for Christmas time! Belinda will introduce you to an intriguing idea in succulent gardening – planting up a wreath with sempervivums, echeverias, sedums, thyme and other interesting succulents and companion plants. You can hang them on your sunny door or gate or lay them on a table as a centrepiece. No matter how you use them you’ll be sure to wow everyone with this unique garden feature. After some general instruction, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own wreath!The price includes a high quality wreath frame, moss and potting mix. The plants you select are not included. Register Online!
CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before! | Instructor: Belinda | Sun April 28th, 1-3pm | $14 + hanging basket choice | Take perennials into the unknown and on to the brave new world of the hanging basket. You’ll learn about perennials that are suitable for growing in hanging baskets in both sun and shade and then you’ll get a chance to plant up your own to take home with you! Cost includes potting mix and moss. When you register you will have the option of purchasing a wire hanging basket and hanger for $9.99 or a high quality hanging basket for $59.99. You may also bring your own. If you do, we recommend a hanging basket that can be lined with moss as it increases your design options. | Register Online!

 

May

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT MAY MAPLE MANIA | The World of Maples | Instructor: Doug Justice, Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden | Sat May 4th, 10-11:30am | FREE* (*$5 registration fee refundable at the workshop with a $5 coupon.) | The Japanese maples commonly available to the gardening community, while lovely, poorly represent the astounding diversity and breathtaking beauty of this most useful group of small trees. Doug is an expert on maples. At this workshop he will wax poetic about the beauty and diversity of Japanese and related maples and then get practical and talk about growing them in the garden and containers. Register Online!
 
NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Gardening 201: Master the Basics of Shrubs, Trees and Vines for Lifelong Gardening Success | Instructor: Jo  | Sun May 5th, 1-3pm | $14 | If you’re a beginner who is keen to get gardening or an intermediate gardener who wants to fill in your knowledge about woody plants, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success with woodies. We will present the best trees and shrubs for city gardens and patios, emphasize multi-season interest, and highlight the best plants for different times of year. We’ll also discuss the selection, planting and ongoing care of woody plants including pruning. With a combination of theory, demonstrations and hands on learning you’ll be well on your way to achieving the gardening success you’ve always dreamed of!  To learn about perennial basics don’t miss Gardening 101. Register Online!
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 11th, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sat May 11th, 2-4pm | $14 + choice of shadowbox | Discover your inner artiste as you create a unique shadowbox "painting" using succulents such as hens and chicks, echeveria and sedums as your "paint" colours. This living wall can be hung on your sunny patio, balcony, gate or fence. Your friends will marvel at your creative talents! View images from last year. We will have various custom-made shadowbox options available for you to plant up and create your masterpiece. Register Online!
   
NEW! CONTAINER SERIES | Haute Couture Gardening: Purses and Pumps for Chic Displays | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 12th, 1-2pm | $14 + selection of purses and pumps ($24.99 each) | Strike a pose with fantastic moss-covered purses and pumps for a haut couture, prêt-à-porter, fashion show runway statement for your own backyard. Kate will show you a bunch of possibilities for potting up your purses and pumps and then you’ll get right down to glitzing them up and accessorizing them with succulents and other cool plants to make your very own fashion statement. Eat your heart out Versace! The price of the workshop includes your instruction and soil. The purses and pumps must be purchased separately. Please order them in advance. Additional purses and pumps will be available at the workshop if supplies last. The plants you choose for planting up are not included in any of the previous costs. Register Online!
   
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Summer | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 18th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for summer? Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the two other sessions: Spring and Fall and Winter. Register Online!
   
NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | An Edible Bounty: Secrets and Strategies for Year-Round Eating from your own Garden | Instructor: Cathy Heibert | Sat May 18th, 2-4pm | $14 | This workshop will focus on the planning and planting of your edible garden with fresh eating and preserving in mind. Whether in the veggie patch or in containers, Cathy will ask you first what you want to eat (including how much and how often!) and then teach you how to plan your planting to meet your culinary goals. She will introduce a variety of herbs and veggies, chat about how to grow them and then share techniques for preserving them for later eating including canning, freezing and drying. She will share some fun and easy recipes and ideas for cooking with fresh or preserved edibles. You can't eat much more locally than your own back yard! This workshop will put you on the path to success in the garden and in the kitchen! Register Online!
   
NEW! KIDS SERIES | Hungry Hobbit Veggie Gardens for Kids (and Frodo and Bilbo): Plant Up a Pot with Yummy Veggies | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 19th, 10am-12pm | $30 (Includes all plants and materials.) | Parent participation recommended for younger children. | Calling all hungry hobbits and their friends. Learn all about growing your own veggies the hobbit way which is to grow as much as possible! You'll get to plant up your own container with your choice of three veggies and then populate your garden with images of Frodo and Bilbo! Register Online!
   

CONTAINER SERIES | Evergreen Sculptures: Year-Round Interest with Dwarf Conifers in the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Lisa O’Donnell | Sun May 19th, 1-3pm | $14 | Hold court with our Conifer Queen and learn about the incredible world of dwarf conifers. Lisa will chat about the aesthetic and design uses of dwarf conifers and, through examples from her own garden, talk about integrating them into the perennial border and containers. You will learn how to use conifers as incredible year-round living sculptures. She will also highlight the best dwarf conifers for our region and talk about their care and maintenance. After the instruction participants will have the opportunity to plant up a container with dwarf conifers and companion plants.
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

   
NEW! CONTAINER SERIES | By the Light of the Moon: Create a Nighttime Garden Haven | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 25th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Do you lead a busy life without many daylight hours to enjoy your garden or patio? Why transform a part of your garden, patio or balcony into an elegant display that will delight your senses under the light of the moon? Shelley will discuss various elements including colour, scent, light and sound and introduce some of the many perennials, shrubs and vines as well as annuals to create an oasis where you can sit and relax at the end of the day. You will then look at plant combinations and create a fabulous container you can take home and enjoy on your patio or balcony. Note: Please bring your own pot. A large black or dark coloured container is most suitable for this class. Register Online!
   
NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | How Sweet It Is: An Introduction to the World of the Honey Bee and Backyard Bee Keeping | Bob Fisher, West Coast Bee Supply | Sun May 26th, 10am-12pm | $14 | 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. Bob will bring one of his own thriving beehives to the nursery to introduce you to the honeybee up close and personal! Register Online! You might want to go for lunch after this workshop and then return for the next workshop on Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbird Planters.
   
CONTAINER SERIES and KIDS SERIES | Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds: Plant Up a Pot to Attract Winged Visitors | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 26th, 1-3pm | $14 (adult without child), $14 for one parent and one child, $5 per additional child | Parent participation required. | In this workshop you'll learn how to attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and beneficial insects to your garden through the careful selection of beautiful plants loved by our favourite garden visitors. Then you'll plant up a container designed to attract for favourite garden wildlife. 
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.
Register Online! If you're coming to this workshop you won't want to miss the honeybee workshop earlier in the morning.

 

June

NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Strawberries and Chocolate: Learn How to Combine Chocolate and Fruit for Delectable Situations | Instructor: Cathy Cheung, Sinfully the Best | Sat June 1st, 10am-12pm | $20 | Join Cathy Cheung from Steveston’s notable chocolate shop Sinfully the Best (www.sinfullythebest.com) for this sweet extravaganza of fruit and chocolate. Cathy will teach you how to take fruit and herbs that you can grow in your garden or pick up from local farmers and create simple but incredible deserts. You’ll learn how to temper chocolate to make chocolate-dipped berries, how to make fruit and berry truffles, herbal infused truffles and fruit and berry chocolate ganache to put over cakes. Most importantly everyone will get to sample these incredible creations! Register Online!
   
NEW! KIDS SERIES | Miniature Gardens for Kids: Make your own Harry Potter Garden | Instructor: Kate | Sun June 2nd, 10am-12pm | $12 (Instruction) + $18 (All materials, pot and plants) = $30 | Parent participation recommended for younger children. | Calling all boy wizards and girl witches! In this workshop you'll get to plant up your own Harry Potter Garden complete with Harry, Ron and Hermione, some cool plants, a Hogwarts castle and the Black Lake! You'll also learn some charms and spells to keep your garden growing! Bring your best friends to have a magical good time! Recommended for children ages 4-12. A parent or guardian should be present with the younger children but are not necessary for the older children. Register Online!

NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant | Sun June 2nd, 2-4pm | $25 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed West Restaurant in Vancouver for an afternoon of learning how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present different edibles from the garden and discuss how to grow them. Then David will show you how to muddle and mix and infuse and shake and stir them into fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss! Plus you’ll get to sample his creations! Register Online!

NEW! CONTAINER SERIES | From Garden to Vase: The Art and Technique of the Bouquet | Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat June 8th, 10am-12pm | $50 | Considerable time is spent designing our gardens. Each year we reflect and dream into the coming season. We change, rearrange, multiply, and walk the perimetre of our imagined garden constantly. This workshop will extend this design obsession and pull your imagination into the vase. We will explore a variety of techniques, primarily the infinite possibilities of “bouquet” that will extend your experience of garden design into the exploration of “floral design”. The workshop will also discuss great plants for cut flowers with Phoenix owner Gary Lewis, conditioning techniques, and container ideas. Each participant will design and create their own beautiful florist-quality bouquet to take home with them under the watchful eye and patient instruction of Diane Levings from Full Bloom Flowers (www.fullbloomflowers.ca). Register Online!

NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Endless Summer: 365 Days of Berries and Fruit | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat June 8th  2-4pm | $14 | Do you long for the sweet taste of summer at times of the year when summer is just a faraway dream? Take heart, fellow foodies, you can enjoy the bounty of summer berries and fruit year-round with some simple skills and a little planning. Your instructor Cathy will teach you about the different ways to preserve fruit and berries such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, cherries, and much more. She will discuss preserving through canning, drying and freezing and tell you which processes are best for each particular fruit. She will show you the equipment you will need and demonstrate the different preservation techniques. She will then give you some recipe ideas for using your preserved fruits and berries long after summer has passed. Register Online!
   
NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | A Perfect Pickle: Flavoured Vinegars and Pickled Veggies | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat June 15th, 2-4pm | $14 | Cathy will teach you the art and skills of pickling veggies including cucumbers, carrots and beans. She will also discuss how to make flavoured vinegars with different combinations of herbs and fruit that you can use for salad vinaigrettes, spreads, sauces and marinades. Cathy will share with you some of her favourite recipes for flavoured vinegars and pickles. If you want to liven up your cooking and preserve the bounty of your garden for eating all winter long then you won’t want to miss this workshop. Register Online!

 

September

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 7th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm | $12 + $18 included Party Mix = $30 | If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event! At our popular Tomato Tastings at the The Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll sit down at a table with a rainbow of tomato slices before you. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will then lead you in a tasting of about 15+ different tomatoes one by one and all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. He'll introduce each tomato variety to you, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You'll then taste the tomato and discuss it as a group. You'll have a list of of the tomatoes in front of you so you can take notes for future reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of heirloom tomatoes that were grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes!

Our Heirloom Tomato Tastings are hands down the most popular workshops we've ever done. Please book early to avoid disappointment! Each session will last about 45-50 minutes. Register Online!

NEW! SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 7th, 3:30-5:30pm | $14 | In this workshop you’ll learn about the different types of tomatoes and how to preserve them for future eating, including which methods are best for which types of tomatoes. Methods covered with include canning whole, crushed, diced and pureed tomatoes as well as how to dry them and freeze them. Cathy will also discuss the different equipment and tools and show the techniques you need to know to be successful in your kitchen. Last but not least she’ll share with you some of her favourite tomato recipes. Register Online!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 14th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the two other sessions: Spring and Summer. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 21st, 10am-12pm | $14 | Meet the spring blooming wonders that you can include in your garden and in pots including a number of uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 28th, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

 

December

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! 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. 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! 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. Register Online!

 

Instructor Biographies

For instructor biographies click here.

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance.

Online Registration: Registration for our workshops is now available online 24 hours a day seven days a week at the office, standing in line at the grocery store or lounging at home in your leisure wear. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. If you wish to register by other methods you will need to call the nursery at 604-270-4133.

Please bring a friend! Workshops are a great way to spend time with family and friends.


3.

Phoenix Perennials Mail Order
NOW LAUNCHED!

We are proud and excited to launch a new chapter in the story of Phoenix Perennials: Mail Order across Canada! Our mail order site is now open and ready to take orders offering over 400 (and soon to be over 500) cutting edge, rare and tried and true perennials and other garden plants to avid and discerning gardeners across Canada.

We need your help to get the word out across this great country of ours. Please let all of your friends and family across the country know that if they can't visit us in BC, we can ship to them anywhere in Canada!

Here's a look at our Mail Order page. Click on it to peruse our new online shopping experience!

 


4.

Our New Early Warning Email "Alert" System

As a compliment to our flagship monthly/bimonthly e-newsletter we have created a new system of "Alerts" to keep you updated on different areas of interest at Phoenix Perennials.

The Alerts will allow you to select your areas of interest and receive additional information on an occasional basis through the season. We will not send them out regularly. Instead they will be sent out only when we feel there is something exciting that you need to know.

Here are the Alerts. You'll be able to subscribe to any number you wish:

Edible Alert -- This Alert will be sent occasionally to update you on all things Edible at Phoenix Perennials including heirloom and unusual veggies, herbs and fruit as well as special events like our Heirloom Tomato Fest. View a recent Edible Alert.

Hot Plant Alert -- Sometimes the E-Newsletter doesn't come out often enough to highlight all of the hot and exciting plants at the nursery. This occasional Alert will keep you on the cutting edge of hot new plants and notable rarities.

Living Sculpture Alert -- Hardy and non-hardy succulents, tillandsia (air plants), dwarf conifers and other great living sculpture plants. Select this Alert to receive occasional emails when something important is going on with this group of plants at the nursery.

Made in the Shade Alert -- At Phoenix Perennials we love our shade plants. This occasional Alert will highlight new and notable shady characters.

Hardy Subtropical Alert -- Do you love the tropical look and zonal denial? This occasional Alert will notify you when we have exciting hardy subtropicals and other exotic plants at the nursery.

Sales and Special Offers Alert -- If you like a deal then you'll want to sign up for this occasional email Alert to keep you up to date on sales, discounts, blue tag specials and other offers.

Native Plant Alert -- Do you love BC natives? This occasional Alert will let you know when native plants arrive at the nursery throughout the season as well as other info about BC natives.

Hellebore Alert -- This occasional Alert will keep you up to date on our Hellebore Hurrahs! as well as other hellebore related news such as new introductions throughout the season and special offers for hellebore afficionados.

Clematis and Cool Vines Alert -- If you're a fan of the Queen of the Vines or other climbing garden denizens then sign up for this Alert to find out about great garden plants that rise to every occasion.

Maple and Cool "Woodies" Alert -- If you love your maples and other cool trees and shrubs then you'll want to receive this occasional Alert about everything "woody" at Phoenix Perennials including special events, new arrivals and special offers.

Mail Order Alert -- If you live too far away to visit us regularly then you'll love this occasional alert on our mail order division including new plant updates and special offers. Currently we ship right across Canada but not internationally.

Do you have any other areas of interest not covered by these Alerts
for which you would like us to create an Alert? Let us know!

How to Sign Up for Our Alerts

For those not yet receiving our main E-Newsletter, visit our webpage at www.phoenixperennials.com to sign up. Enter your email address in the box and click Go. During the process you'll have the option of selecting your Alerts of interest

For those already receiving our E-Newsletter:

1. Scroll to the bottom of the e-newsletter and click on the Update Profiles/Email Address link.
2. A browser window will open called "Update Your Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd. Profile". Click on "Update".
3. You will be sent an email to your email address. The subject will be "Your Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter Profile". Open this email and click on the link to "Update Profile".
4. A browser window will open giving you the option to select our various Alerts. Select your Alerts of interest. Also make sure your name, city and province are correct. Click on "Save Profile Changes." You're done!

Keep in mind that through our SafeUnsubscribe System you can change your preferences any time you like by clicking on the link at the bottom of our E-Newsletter and Alerts.

Enjoy!

 


5.

New Plants in 2013

At Phoenix Perennials we love new plants! We have just added a few hundred of our new additions to the Plant Encyclopedia. There are hundreds of new plants each year and there are still more to be added but we think you'll be excited about what's already online. You're going to want to take a look! But I'm warning you: this could be one of the most dangerous web surfing expeditions of 2013!

Click Here to View Hundreds of New Plants in our Plant Encyclopedia

Begonia
'Garden Angel Blush'
Brunnera
'Silver Heart'
Coreopsis Big Bang 'Mercury Rising'
Dicentra
'Amore Rose'

Wish List: If you see plants that you are interested in we can add you to the Wish List and send you an email when they are ready. There is no obligation to buy. We are happy to provide this service to keep you and your garden on the cutting edge. To be added to the Wish List email us at info at phoenixperennials.com and include the list of plants you're interested in.


6.

Perennial Plant Association Symposium
Perennial Plants And Design: A Perfect Combination
Public Seminar Day

Sunday July 21st, 2013
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver

A Note from Phoenix Perennials owner, Gary: The Perennial Plant Association is the North America-wide industry group that brings gardeners the Perennial Plant of the Year. I represent Canada on the Board of Directors and am the lead organizer for this year's Symposium taking place in Vancouver. The Annual Symposium is in a different location every year and comes to Canada once every seven years. Last time the Symposium was in Vancouver was in 1993! In addition to the professional program we have prepared a knock-out day of seminars for the gardening public with speakers from Vancouver and across North America. For details read below. I hope you'll join us and tell all your gardening friends!
Online registration is now open.

Registration Fee: The Registration fee is $89 USD through June 1 and $99 USD after June 1. Full time students pay $50 USD. ONLINE REGISTRATION or Download the Registration Form.

The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty -- David Culp, Sunny Border Nurseries, Inc., Downington, Pennsylvania

The Best of the Best: Edible Trees, Shrubs and Plants to Use in Your Landscape -- Senga Lindsay, Senga Designs, Vancouver, British Columbia

From Jewel Box Garden to Rural Estate: Creating a New Vision From Scratch -- Thomas Hobbs, Southland Nursery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Creative Solutions for Small Spaces -- Beth Edney, Designs By The Yard, Toronto, Ontario

New Plants From Canada’s Far East: Plant Breeding at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden -- Todd Boland, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Full Frontal Gardens -- Lucy Hardiman, Perennial Partners, Portland, Oregon

For more information, registration and speaker bios click here.


7.

Charity Shopping Weekends
Help Local Charities by Shopping for Plants at Phoenix!

What is a Charity Shopping Weekend?: Charity Shopping Weekends are a way for Phoenix Perennials to support local community organizations and initiatives while helping to introduce gardeners to our nursery. On a few times each gardening season a charity or group of charities is selected to participate in a Weekend. During that Saturday and Sunday 25% of each purchase made by a customer who tells us they are there for that charity's Weekend will be donated to the charity. Since 2004 we have raised over $12,000 for local charities and institutions.

Upcoming Charity Shopping Weekends
May 18th & 19th, 2013 Gardens and Urban Agriculture

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Growing Chefs!

Kerrisdale Community Garden

DIGS (DT Intercultural Gardeners Society)


May 25th & 26th, 2013 Community Builders

South Van GoGos

Spinal Cord Injury BC

Gilmore Elementary, Grade Seven Students‘ Quebec Trip 2014

Richmond Family Place Society

Inclusive Learning and Research, a division of Spectrum Society for Community Living

ONE TO ONE Literacy Society

The Community Arts Council of Richmond

CircusWest Performing Arts Society



June 1st & 2nd, 2013 Fur and Feathers

Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Bandaids for Bunnies Society

BC SPCA Vancouver

 


8.

Fabulous at Phoenix
Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store

I've been so busy getting the workshops ready that I haven't had time to update this section. But all of the plants below are still available and still fabulous. There is lots of new stuff though! The nursery is changing every day!

Cypripedium Hybrids from Frosch® - Lady's Slipper Orchids - These high quality blooming size and near-blooming size hardy ground orchids make an exquisite statement in the shade and part shade garden. Despite their delicate and beguiling appearance these are strong and robust hybrids that are easy to grow in classic woodland or shade garden soils with evenly moist but well drained, rich soils. Plant them with your ferns, your hostas and your other shade plants. They will grow quickly into sizeable and impressive clumps! These hybrids come from Frosch® in Germany, an excellent and reputable specialist grower.

To learn more about growing lady's slipper orchids have a look at the Frosch growing instructions.
Cypripedium 'Birgit Pastel' Frosch®
Cypripedium 'Ursel' Frosch®
Cypripedium 'Sabine' Frosch®
Cypripedium 'Paul' Frosch®
Cypripedium 'Philipp' Frosch®
Cypripedium 'Gisela' Frosch®

Just to prevent sticker shock you should know that these plants are blooming size or one year from blooming size and they are all $89.99 in gallon pots. Supplies are limited.

Meconopsis betonicifolia - Himalayan Blue Poppy - One of the holy grails of the botanical world, the Himalayan Blue Poppy. Count yourself lucky to live in one of the few places in the world with a suitable climate for growing these fabulous plants. M. betonicifolia is the best species for the garden. The flowers are from three to five inches across in pale to deep sky blue. Prefers peaty, well-drained soil that is kept evenly moist in summer and bright but indirect light. Anemonella thalictroides 'Shoaf's Double Pink' - Rue Anemone - A classic double-flowered form of the eastern North American native rue anemone with exquisite, fully double, dark pink, even raspberry pink flowers in cool climates. One of the most beautiful spring flowers - a little jewel in the spring garden. Bloom time can last for months -- since the reproductive structures have become petals the flowers cannot be pollinated. Without pollination there is no signal for flowering to stop and petals to fall. That's convenient! Easy to grow in gritty, well-drained soil.
Dicentra spectabilis - Bleeding Heart - You just can’t help but love this classic cottage garden plant. All your grandmothers had it in their gardens and you should too. I do! D. spectabilis is the classic bleeding heart with rose-pink outer petals over white inner ones that form pendulous hearts that hang from the elegantly arching stems. Blooms for ages in the spring garden. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry. Corydalis quantmeyerana 'Chocolate Star' - Hardy Gardenia - An uncommon species in cultivation slowly gaining interest and for good reason. This selection has unusual somewhat toothed reddish chocolate brown foliage all fall, winter and spring with green foliage in summer. The lavender flowers emerge in spring on big boisterous mounds of gorgeous foliage about two feet tall and wide. They make a great statement in my own garden!
Dicentra spectabilis 'Valentine' - Bleeding Heart - This new cultivar of the classic cottage garden favourite has flowers that are so dark pink they border on true red! These heart-shaped flowers hang from arching stems over vigorous growth of deeply dark grey/green lobed foliage that is flushed with burgundy when young. Blooms for ages in the spring garden. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry. Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' - Bleeding Heart - This is the pure white form of the classic bleeding heart. The flowers hang delicately from the arching stems which emerge out of the ground in spring with the flowers already forming. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry.

Cypripedium formosanum -- Formosa Lady's Slipper Orchid -- This exquisite hardy lady’s slipper is endemic to high altitude regions of Taiwan and blooms in our area in mid spring. The flowers have a large pale pink pouch with white or pale pink petals and sepals spotted with darker pink or red. The rounded, light green leaves are pleated like a fan and provide much interest after the flowers have faded. This species is very easy to cultivate in an average shade garden and a good first introduction to growing hardy ground orchids.

Gardenia 'Kleim's Hardy' - Hardy Gardenia - Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! This is a HARDY gardenia! The star-like single flowers have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. This extremely hardy selection has survived minus 18 degrees Celsius! Prefers full sun to light shade and will bloom best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen.

We also have in stock two other hardy gardenia: 'Frostproof' and 'Chuck Hayes'.

Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass' - Heartleaf Alkanet - This sport of the oh-so-popular ‘Jack Frost’ has incredible completely silver leaves (‘Jack Frost’ has green veins). But you must follow a simple recipe. Take one ‘Looking Glass’ and add it to one prominent spot in the shade border. Combine with plants of contrasting foliage. Add a small measure of trust and a dash of patience. ‘Looking Glass’ won’t achieve its all silver look until it’s mature in a year or so. Until then it will look like ‘Jack Frost’ but definitely worth the short wait. Pteridophyllum racemosum - Pteridophyllum - This is not a deer fern. It’s a poppy. Or a buttercup. They’re not sure yet. This strange and rare woodland perennial is endemic to the mountains of Japan. The evergreen foliage looks like a clumping fern until the 10 inch scapes of white flowers bloom in summer. Rock garden or trough plant for well-drained humus-rich soil in shade. Best in cool summer areas and shaded conditions.
Primula vulgaris Kennedy Irish Drumcliff - Primrose - This vulgaris hybrid has large white flowers with a hint of lavender and yellow centres. The flowers are held above a rosette of very dark, bronzy purple leaves. A fabulous new addition to the world of primroses. Tricyrtis macrantha var. macranthopsis - Toad Lily - Famed UK plantsman Brian Mathew believes that of all the tricyrtis species this plant and its related species have “the most fascinating and beautiful flowers." In September and October, the long arching stems of dark green glossy leaves are topped with large deep yellow bells, speckled red inside. Great planted at the top of a shady wall where the flowers can be viewed from below.
Calanthe tricarinata - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - One of the hardiest calanthes with spikes of yellow-green flowers with a burgundy, red, yellow and white lip in spring. The lip of the flower is elaborately frilled which helps explain the Japanese name "sarumen" calanthe meaning "monkey face." Foliage is evergreen in milder climates but can go dormant in colder areas. Rare but easy to grow. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Calanthe 'Takane Hybrids' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - The Takane Hybrids are crosses between C. sieboldii and C. discolor, producing a range of pastel shades, mostly pale yellows and creams with contrasting lips and petals. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthes are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions.
Zaluzianskya ovata - Night Phlox - This hot little number is currently flying off the shelves at the nursery. From a cute fuzzy mound of evergreen foliage emerges magenta buds that open to darling white flowers that smell like chocolate at night. Excellent for centrepieces on patio tables. A half hardy perennial (zone 8), it's worth it as it blooms all summer long into fall. Calanthe discolor - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - A very durable, cold-hardy orchid species from Japan with showy 10 inch spikes of burgundy and white bicoloured flowers in May. The burgundy can vary between cool and warm burgundies. The attractive foliage is heavily pleated and semi-evergreen. These seven year old plants are blooming-size, virus-free and were derived from flasked seedlings. Calanthes are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions.

Clematis Evison Collection 'Empress' - Clematis - ‘Empress’ has purest pink petals with deep magenta midribs which frame a large pink and white boss of stamens centred with lime green. The effect is of an ornate, semi-double clematis. Truly stunning! The Evison Hybrid clematis are a new collection of superior clematis cultivars with long bloom periods, excellent disease resistance, and bold colours. Use them on trellises and pergolas, grow them into shrubs, or use them as groundcovers.

Anemone nemerosa - Wood Anemone - This charming woodland groundcover produces cute little one inch wide anemone flowers in early spring above the nicely dissected foliage. Each year we carry a number of varieties in shades of white, blue, green, and yellow. Use wood anemones to underplant dark flowered hellebores in order to help show them off against the dark soil.

We have various wood anemone in stock in yellows, whites, lavenders, purples and greens.

Knautia macedonica 'Thunder and Lightning' - Crimson Scabious - Fully double, deep magenta, pincushion flowers float above light green leaves edged in creamy white. The unique, variegated foliage has a sturdy, compact and bushy form on plants that are half the height (or less) of the species. Blooms fom early summer to autumn. A dramatic addition to beds, borders and cutting gardens. Large enough for maximum impact in the garden, it is compact enough to be showy in containers. Drought tolerant and deer resistant. A good nectar source for beneficial insects.

Clematis Evison Collection 'Franziska Maria' - Clematis - ‘Franziska Maria’ has rich, purple-blue, fully double flowers that bloom on both old and new wood giving this cultivar twice the flowers of most other clematis. Can’t go wrong there! The Evison Hybrid clematis are a new collection of superior clematis cultivars with long bloom periods, excellent disease resistance, and bold colours. Use them on trellises and pergolas, grow them into shrubs, or use them as groundcovers.
Arisaema griffithii var. pradhanii - Cobra Lily - Variety pradhanii is the rare Sikkim form of this species. It is the choicest (yes, that is a word in horticulture!) and most beautiful form with a stunning contrast between the dark chocolate-purple background and the yellowish-green markings of the spathe which is up to eight inches across! A. griffithii resents summer heat and moisture. Plant it in a dry, partly-shaded position or at the base of a shrub or large tree.

 


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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs, hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing.3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
604-270-4133
www.phoenixperennials.com
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We are near the south end of the Knight Street Bridge and very easy to get to from all of the surrounding municipalities and beyond.

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March 1st to November 3rd, 2013
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