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E-Newsletter: April 2013

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
April 2013

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Spring is in full swing! Our production side is potting up thousands of baby plants and new plants are shipping in from our select suppliers around the region. It's an exciting time and there is a lot going on!

Just days ago we launched our new venture Phoenix Perennials Mail Order offering an online shopping experience and mail order service across Canada. Already orders have been coming in from across the country -- one order even came in an hour after launching!

This weekend is The Clematis Conundrum... featuring a huge selection of clematis and other vines and including free workshops on clematis on Saturday and Sunday.

This weekend (Sunday to be exact) also marks the deadline for placing orders for our Cistus Group Import from Cistus Nursery in Portland. Get your orders in to them.

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.

Another great link you'll find below is to the In the Garden Pod Cast that I just did with Steve Whysall about myself, the nursery and plants (of course)!

You won't want to miss our link to a few hundred new plants, the article by Steve Whysall on Perennial Favourites based on an interview with yours truly or information on the exciting speakers coming to the Perennial Plant Association's Public Day this July in Vancouver.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

The Clematis
C
o
nundrum...
Fri-Sun April 12-14, 2013
So many clematis, so little time! Featuring over 100 different Clematis and other vines plus free workshops by our own Belinda Cardoso.
Click here to register.

Phoenix Perennials
Canadian Mail Order
NOW LAUNCHED!

Our new online shopping experience is now live and available for shopping for gardeners across Canada. Please tell all your friends and family across the country and help us get the word out.
Start Shopping!

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.

Please Share The E-News with your Friends and Neighbours

At the bottom of this email there is an option to "Forward Email". We'd love it if you could forward this email to as many of your neighbours and friends as possible, as long as you think they would appreciate it! Thanks!

Services at Phoenix Perennials
Wish List
Looking for a special plant? Let us know. We'll watch for it.
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Let our in-house designers help you create the garden of your dreams!
Mail Order
Watch for our new Shopping Cart!
Gift Certificates
Give the gift of perennials: the perfect gift for the gardener in your life!

 


In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Clematis Conundrum...: So many clematis (and vines), so little time! -- Featuring over 100 different Clematis and other vines plus free workshops by our own Belinda Cardoso.
2. Workshops 2013: Come Learn with Us -- Introducing our early spring workshops...
3. Mail Order Across Canada
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...
5. Cistus Nursery Group Importation by Phoenix Perennials -- At Phoenix Perennials we have considerable experience importing plants from around the world and are teaming up with our friends at Cistus to make their plants more easily accessible north of the border...
6. New Plants for 2013 --
At Phoenix Perennials we love new plants! We have just added a number of our new additions to the Plant Encyclopedia. There are hundreds of new plants each year and...
7. In the Garden Pod Cast with Steve Whysall: Gary Lewis of Phoenix Perennials -- I just recorded a pod cast interview with Steve Whysall. Listen to it below and read the introduction Steve gave me online...
8. 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. This one-day program, open to all, kicks off a week-long perennial symposium.
9. 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
April 12-14
The Clematis Conundrum...
So many clematis, so little time! Featuring over 100 different Clematis and other vines plus free workshops by our own Belinda Cardoso. Click here to register.
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.
Sat-Sun
May 11-12
Mothers' Day Free* Lily
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.
Sat-Sun June 15-16
Fathers' Day Free* "Guy-Lardia"
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.
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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1.

The Clematis Conundrum...
So many clematis (and vines), so little time!

Friday through Sunday April 12th-14th, 2013

Featuring over 100 different Clematis and other vines plus free workshops by our own Belinda Cardoso. Please note that due to a scheduling mishap the largest portion of our clematis won't arrive until Friday at about noon. Saturday and Sunday will be the best days to come.


Clematis 'Rebecca' -- One of the reddest ever bred and available at the Conundrum.

Free Workshop
Climbing to New Heights: Clematis and Other Vines for All Seasons

Belinda will introduce you to all kinds of great vines for colour and fragrance all season long. She'll talk about the huge variety of different clematis and how to care for them as well as other vines like honeysuckle, jasmine, decidous and evergreen climbing hydrangea, passionflowers, kiwis and more. | Free ($5 to hold your place refunded as a $5 coupon at the workshop.)
Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14th from 1-2pm
Click here to register.

 

Upcoming Special Events

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.

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. The nursery will reopen for one weekend at the start of December for sales of the amazing Christmas rose and other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection plus other winter blooming plants. A tradition in Europe for decades, these hellebores can be enjoyed like pointsettias inside the house and given as gifts at Christmas parties. They can then be planted in the garden in spring for years of Christmas cheer. We'll be offering numerous workshops including: the Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop, the Christmas Rose Advanced Wreath Making Workshop, the Christmas Rose Centrepiece Workshop and the Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop plus a DIY project to doll up a Christmas Rose to bring it inside for holiday decoration. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!

 


2.

Workshops and Classes at the Nursery in 2013

Come Learn With Us!

 

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.

 

April

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CLEMATIS CONUNDRUM | Climbing to New Heights: Clematis and Other Vines for All Seasons | Instructor: Belinda | Two Workshops: Sat & Sun April 13th & 14th, 1-2pm | FREE* (*$5 registration fee refundable at the workshop with a $5 coupon.) |

Belinda will introduce you to all kinds of great vines for colour and fragrance all season long. She’ll talk about the huge variety of different clematis and how to care for them as well as other vines like honeysuckle, jasmine, deciduous and evergreen climbing hydrangea, passionflowers, kiwis and more. Register Online!

KIDS SERIES | Miniature Gardens for Kids: Make your own Harry Potter Garden | Instructor: Kate | Sat April 20th, 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!

CONTAINER SERIES | Gardening 101: Master the Basics of Perennials for Lifelong Gardening Success | Instructor: Jo | Sun April 21st, 1-3pm | $12 | If you’re a beginner who is keen to get gardening or an intermediate gardener who wants to fill in your knowledge, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success including basic botany, the importance of healthy soil and composting, plant macro and micro nutrients, the “right plant, right place” mantra including considerations for soil type and moisture, light and hardiness, and how to select, plant and care for your perennials. We’ll also introduce you to some of the major groups of tried and true perennials and discuss how to use them in the garden. 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 woody plants don’t miss Gardening 201. Register Online!

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!

More Workshops Coming!
Watch for Our Full Season of Workshops in the Next E-Newsletter!

Instructor Biographies

Belinda Cardoso is an experienced and eclectic gardener who grows plants from the “normal to the sublime.” She has an encyclopedic gardening knowledge and has worked at Phoenix Perennials for the past four years where she has proven herself to be an expert on fragrant plants, vines and among many other things. Belinda works with our seed propagation program at the nursery and as a retail associate.

Kate Herring is a multi-talented woman with a love for perennials and design. Kate recently completed her Certificate in Garden Design from UBC and her Master Gardeners Course. In addition to her roles in retail sales and workshop instruction at Phoenix, Kate is also one of our in-house designers for our In-Nursery Design Service.

Doug Justice is the Associate Director and Curator of Collections at the UBC Botanical Garden and a well-respected expert on gardening and plants, especially shrubs and trees. He is co-author of The Jade Garden: New and Notable Plants from Asia.

JoAnn Turner (Dip. Hort. Cap. College) is a Vancouver gardener beginning her third season at Phoenix. She has a passion for gardens, plants, books, and the people who tend them. Her interests have led to several years experience in a variety of horticultural pursuits, usually involving mud.

 

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. 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.

Each workshop requires a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 15-25 depending on the workshop. If the minimum is not met we may not be able to run the workshop in which case we will contact you a few days before the scheduled date of the workshop and give you a credit towards another class, a credit at the nursery, or a refund.

If you are unable to attend a workshop you have already signed up for please give us 3 days notice. We would be happy to give you a credit towards another class or a credit at the nursery. We cannot offer credits, however, unless you let us know 3 days in advance of your workshop that you cannot attend.

Don't see the subject you're interested in?
Do you have an idea for a workshop? We'd love to find out what you'd like to learn about. Contact us and let us know.


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. Often there is too much going on at the nursery -- too many new plants, too many cool plants, too many events -- to properly highlight them in our already large main e-newsletter. For instance, sometimes the most amazing plants come available at the nursery right after we've sent out the e-newsletter and it will be weeks before we can send another one to let you know. That's where the Alerts come in.

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. For instance, Edible Alerts will be sent out when new veggies, herbs and other edibles arrive at the nursery so you can be the first to get the best varieties and get the freshest, healthiest plants for your veggie and herb garden. The Alerts might also include ideas, articles, images and extra information about your area of interest. The Alerts will be short, bite-sized emails with a quick bit of information to keep you up to date and to enhance your gardening experience. The Alerts will often be different and complimentary information to the content in the main e-newsletter so make sure you sign up for the e-newsletter and then also select your Alerts of interest..

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.

Cistus Nursery Group Importation
by Phoenix Perennials

Cistus Nursery (www.cistus.com) is located near Portland, Oregon and specializes in hardy subtropicals, Mediterranean climate plants, plants from the southern hemisphere and other intriguing plants from around the world. Though Cistus will ship to individuals in Canada, the process can be costly and confusing for home gardeners. At Phoenix Perennials we have considerable experience importing plants from around the world and are teaming up with our friends at Cistus to make their plants more easily accessible north of the border.

If you are interested in acquiring some intriguing plants for your garden, please click on the link to find out more about the process, the deadline for placing orders, the estimated pick up date at Phoenix Perennials and the costs involved.

For more information click here for full details

 


6.

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.


7.

In the Garden Pod Cast with Steve Whysall

Gary Lewis of Phoenix Perennials

I just recorded a pod cast interview with Steve Whysall. Listen to it below and read the introduction Steve gave me online.

Listen to the Pod Cast!

Steve's Introduction: Gary Lewis is the owner of Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Nursery in Richmond and one of Canada's most knowledgeable plant experts with a deep and special interest in rare and unusual herbaceous perennials.

His cottage-garden nursery on No. 6 Road in Richmond is one of Canada’s top perennials nurseries, carrying more than 4,000 different garden plants.

Gary says his goal is to concentrate on acquiring specialty plants, particularly on what he calls “cutting edge new perennials and garden stalwarts.”

The nursery is also promoted as carrying “a knock out selections of vines, shrubs, unusual trees, groundcovers, alpines, hardy and non-hardy succulents, grasses, ferns, herbs, rare and heirloom veggies and fruit, and much more.”

This is perhaps why it is sometimes referred to by the loyal following of gardeners who shop there as a “candy store” of plants treasures.

In addition to his work as a busy nurseryman, Gary is also a popular garden lecturer, director on the board of the international Perennial Plant Association, member of the Great Plant Picks committee in Washington State and organizer of various garden workshops and seminars.

For more gardening information read Steve’s blog on VancouverSun.com.

 


8.

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.

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. This one-day program, open to all, kicks off a week-long perennial symposium. See the bottom of this page for Continuing Education and Certification Credits that are offered. 

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.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

8:30 am The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty -- David Culp, Sunny Border Nurseries, Inc., Downington, Pennsylvania

Brandywine Cottage is David Culp’s two-acre garden where he has mastered the design technique of layering - interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter. David will illustrate a basic lesson in layering - how to choose the correct plants, how to design a layered garden, and how to maintain it.

9:30 am The Best of the Best: Edible Trees, Shrubs and Plants to Use in Your Landscape -- Senga Lindsay, Senga Designs, Vancouver, British Columbia

From beautiful food-producing plants to replace those tired maples and rhododendrons to the trendiest vegetables, Senga will introduce you to the latest edibles that not only look stylish in your garden but are sought- after flavors by foodies and leading chefs alike.

10:30 am Break

11:00 am From Jewel Box Garden to Rural Estate: Creating a New Vision From Scratch -- Thomas Hobbs, Southland Nursery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Tom’s move to a 20 acre farm in South Langley, BC from his acclaimed Spanish Mediterranean home and showpiece garden surprised him more than anyone else. After looking at nearly 100 properties, a potential dream garden revealed itself...under wrecked cars and acres of blackberries! For the last 5 years, he and partner Brent Beattie have dealt with copper thieves, squatters, feral llamas, rampaging cows and other colorful personalities. Tom and Brent have created a beautiful lake and formal daylily breeding gardens, planted hundreds of trees to join an established forest, and transferred Tom’s collection of tree peonies, martagon lilies, trilliums, and rarities to new gardens under huge old trees. Tom will chat about achievements in his old garden and describe how he realized that “his cake was baked” and that his garden was no longer challenging. He will introduce Bel’ Occhio, his new rural estate and share his vision for the future.

12:00 pm – Lunch On Your Own

1:30 pm Creative Solutions for Small Spaces -- Beth Edney, Designs By The Yard, Toronto, Ontario

Designing small spaces can test even the most experienced designers, let alone the home gardener. Join Beth as she presents several creative solutions to common small space challenges, including how to buffer unsightly views with unique screens, fences and plants, and how to best approach the narrow spaces between properties. Through Beth’s presentation of new plant introductions and unique sculptural and artistic pieces, she will show you many ways to enhance small spaces, including making the best color choices and plant palette selections that are suitable for small gardens. Beth will also include other topics such as maximizing your space with vertical gardening and using perspective to make your space appear larger. If you garden in small spaces you will not want to miss this plethora of ideas.

2:30 pm Break

3:00 pm 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

In 2005, the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden began a plant breeding program similar to that which existed at the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden. The purpose of the program is to develop new ornamental plants, both perennials and shrubs, for the landscape industry of Canada and the world. The focus of the plant breeding is two-fold. Foremost, is the development of new selections based on native Newfoundland plants. Genera being investigated includeSalix, Juniperus, Larix, Picea, Iris, Erigeron, and Solidago. The other focus is on the development of new plants based on more typical ornamental plant genera such asAruncus, Dianthus, Iris, and Caltha. The first release was Philadelphus ‘Starbright’, which is now available across Canada with a release in Europe in 2014. Come see the new plants and get a sneak-peek at what could appear at a nursery near you in the coming years.

4:00 pm Full Frontal Gardens -- Lucy Hardiman, Perennial Partners, Portland, Oregon

A revolution is taking root in front gardens across North America. Gardeners are casting off the yoke of tradition and reclaiming their front yards as canvases for personal expression. Water-guzzling lawns and traditional foundation plantings are being replaced with walkways, terraces, art, ornamental plantings, and vegetable gardens. Planting beds are even jumping the sidewalk as street side grass boulevards yield to low water or vegetable gardens. Playful and eye catching front gardens speak to the street-engaging neighbors in a dialog about the delights inherent in taking the time to slow down and enjoy vistas of bold colors, bird songs, fragrance, and the flight of butterflies. Images from around the Northwest will illustrate the creativity and artful designs of gardeners in private, commercial, and municipal venues in the public eye.

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

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.
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