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E-Newsletter: April 2009

 

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
April 2009

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

If I'm not mistaken, spring is here. The pessimist in me suggests that I could be mistaken. Last week we spent many freezing days at the nursery trying to receive orders and pot up little lovelies flown in from around the world. And on Thursday I flew in to Spokane, Washington to give a garden group talk and there were four inches of newly fallen snow on the ground. But as I drive around the city the cherries and magnolias are finally starting to bloom and all I want to do is garden! After this winter I'm trying to be pragmatic and, to tell you the truth, I'm a little bit excited. A hard winter shakes things up, wrestles us from our complacency and makes us take a hard look at the garden - what works, what doesn't, and makes us remind ourselves: what have I always dreamed of for my little piece of ground on Earth? It's time to renovate, fellow gardeners, try new plants and new plant combinations, liven things up, think outside the box and do something snazzy! We're gardeners and that means we're eternal optimists!

You can hop to it with our newest special event. You won't want to miss The Great Easter Plant Hunt. It's an easter "egg" hunt for gardeners with tonnes of great prizes. And if you RSVP you could win a $25 gift certificate. Mark your calendars and call your friends to set up your carpools.

In this issue we remind you of our exciting Rare Bulb Sale which will continue through the month of April, we announce our upcoming workshops for April and early May and list the workshops for the rest of the year, we tell you about the new Home Renovation Tax Credit (apparently the federal government agrees with Mother Nature that it's time to renovate our gardens), we introduce new products at the nursery which include soils, fertilizers and great Mexican pots, and we highlight our In-Nursery Design Service, upcoming talks by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis in Courtenay, Victoria, Sechelt and Vancouver, upcoming events in which Phoenix Perennials is involved and our first Charity Shopping Weekend of the season.

The winners of our "Wonderful" contest from last month's e-newsletter are Sandi and Bill B. Congratulations! This month we offer two contests: the RSVP contest for our Great Easter Plant Hunt and a chance to win two tickets to the Collectors' Plant Auction valued at $300. Good luck!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians


In this Issue

1. The Great Easter Plant Hunt: An easter "egg" hunt for gardeners
2. Rare Bulb Sale
3. Upcoming Workshop:
Waking Up the Perennial Garden: Earth-Friendly Gardening Techniques
4. Workshops 2009: Come Learn with Us
5. The Home Renovation Tax Credit
6. New Fertilizers, Soils and Pots at Phoenix Perennials
7. The In-Nursery Design Service
8. Upcoming Talks by Phoenix Perennials Owner Gary Lewis
9. Upcoming Events: The UBC Botanical Garden Collector's Plant Auction and the World Rose Festival
10. Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit the Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Services


1.

Phoenix Perennials presents
The Great Easter Plant Hunt
An Easter "egg" hunt for gardeners

Easter Sunday April 12th, 10 am SHARP!

Introduce your inner child to the gardener in you and skip on down to the nursery for some fun and fabulous prizes! The Easter Plant Bunny will be visiting Phoenix Perennials and hiding lots of different coloured "eggs" in all the nooks and crannies of the nursery. You're going to have to be quick to find the "eggs" before other gardeners do! Each colour will represent a different prize that you can redeem by trading in your "egg".

Prizes will include:
One Grand Prize $250 Gift Certificate
Three $100 Gift Certificates
Fabulous Plants
Phoenix Perennials T-Shirts
Coupons towards Plant Purchases
and more!

RSVP Prize
This is our first time doing the Easter Plant Hunt so we would love to know how many people are planning on coming. If you are planning on coming please reply to this email to let us know. Those who RSVP will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate do be drawn at the nursery just before we start the Easter Plant Hunt at 9:59am on Easter Sunday.

Mark your calendars!
This is going to be a lot of fun!

Please carpool if you can as our parking lot is going to be very full!


2.

Rare Bulb Sale
A Great Opportunity to Increase the Botanical Intrigue in Your Garden

For the first time this year we are offering a great opportunity to purchase a large selection of rare bulbs in dry format - packaged and dormant instead of potted up and growing. These dry bulbs are

20% off the regular price

that they will be later in the season when we offer them potted up and in full growth.

A list of our offerings is below. You will be able to find images and descriptions of many (but not all) of these bulbs on our website in our searchable database which is in the "Plants" section. For the others we are organizing signage at the nursery to help you make your selections. You can also use google to research these marvels.

The sale begins on Saturday March 7th and will continue until through April.

General Growing Instructions: Some of these bulbs are easy to grow and others a bit more difficult. Some are meant to be grown outside and others as pot plants that are protected in the winter. Please research all of your purchases in order to decide how best to pot them up and grow them on. In general bulbs that are eventually meant for the outdoors should first be potted up into pots with free draining potting mix and grown on in a protected spot which is warmer than the outdoors such as a garage, shed or greenhouse. Once the bulb has rooted through the pot and come into growth you can then plant it out in the garden.

Magic Flowers
Achimenes mexicana
Achimenes pulcherrima
Achimenes
‘Blue Sparks’
Achimenes ‘Cattleya’
Achimenes ‘Charm’
Achimenes ‘Harry Williams’
Achimenes ‘Peach Blossom’
Achimenes ‘Snow Princess’
Achimenes ‘Tetra Himalayan Orange’
Achimenes
‘Tetra Himalayan Purple’
Achimenes ‘Vivid’

Elephant Ears
Alocasia macrorhizos
Alocasia odora

Amaryllis
Hippeastrum papilio
Hippeastrum roseum
Hippeastrum stylosum
Hippeastrum vittatum
Hippeastrum
‘Mrs. Garfield’

Voodoo Lilies
Amorphophallus bulbifer
Amorphophallus bulbifer
‘Northeast Indian Form’
Amorphophallus nepalense

Cobra Lilies
Arisaema concinnum
Arisaema consanguineum
Arisaema ehimense
Arisaema galeatum
Arisaema griffithii
Arisaema griffithii
var. pradhanii
Arisaema intermedium
Arisaema jacquemontii
Arisaema nepenthoides
Arisaema propinquum
Arisaema serratum
‘Patterned Selection’
Arisaema speciosum
Arisaema speciosum
var. magnificum
Arisaema speciosum
var.mirable
Arisaema ternatipartitum
Arisaema tortuosum
Arisaema tortuosum
var. helleborifolium
Arisaema tosaense
Arisaema utile

Canna Lilies
Canna coccinea
‘Bonfire
Canna speciosa
Canna trinervia variegata
‘Nirvana’

Giant Himalayan Lily - Cardiocrinum giganteum

Shade Gingers
Cautleya gracilis (lutea)
Cautleya spicata

 

Elephant Ears
Colocasia antiquorum
‘Illustris’
Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’
Colocasia esculenta ‘Burgundy Stem’
Colocasia esculenta ‘Fontanesii’
Colocasia jenningsii

Crinum Lilies
Crinum amoenum
Crinum moorei
‘Album’

Spice Gingers
Curcuma aeruginosa ‘Indian Surprise’
Curcuma roscoeana
Curcuma zeodaria
‘Pink Wonder’

Ifafa Lilies
Cyrtanthus mackennii ‘Himalayan Pink’
Cyrtanthusmackennii ‘Himalayan Red’
Cyrtanthus mackennii
’Himalayan White’

Amazon Lily - Eucharis amazonica

Dancing Ladies
Globba schomburkii
Globba
‘Mt. Everest’

Blood Lily - Haemanthus multiflorus

Nepal Lily - Lilium nepalense

Spider Lilies
Lycoris aurea
Lycoris radiata

Solomon’s Seals
Polygonatum cirrhifolium
Polygonatum oppositifolium
Polygonatum punctatum
Polygonatum verticillatum

Hitchhiker Elephant Ear - Remusatia vivipara

Roscoea
Roscoea alpina
Roscoea procera

Voodoo Lily - Sauromatum venosum

Smilacina
Smilacina fusca
Smilacina oleracea
Smilacina pallida

Aztec Lily - Sprekelia formosissima

Bat Plant
Tacca chantieri macrantha
Tacca integrifolia
‘Select’
Tacca ‘Green Isle’

Blue Taro - Xanthosoma violaceum

 

The following bulbs are currently enroute to the nursery and will be arriving in time to go on sale Friday March 13th if all goes well with shipping.

Acidanthera murielae
Amaryllis belladonna
Babiana '
Kew Hybrids'
Bessera elegans
Chlidanthus fragrans
Curcuma
'Thai Supreme'

Dahlias
Dahlia 'Amber Quartz'
Dahlia
'Edge of Joy'
Dahlia
'Garnet Quartz'
Dahlia
'Mary Eveline'
Dahlia '
Pooh'
Dahlia
'Rose Quartz'

Dichelostemma ida-maia
Dichelostemma
'Pink Diamond'

Gladiolus
Gladiolus byzantinus (Hardy)
Gladiolus
'Atom' (Hardy)
Gladiolus
'Bambino'
Gladiolus '
Bizar'
Gladiolus
'Laguna'
Gladiolus '
Little Darling'
Gladiolus
'Maggie'
Gladiolus
'Passos'
Gladiolus
'Stereo'
Gladiolus '
That's Love'

Lilies
Lilium LO '
Satisfaction'
Lilium Orientale
'Cobra'
Lilium Orientale '
Color Parade'
Lilium Orientale
'Miss Lucy'
Lilium Orientale
'Sixth Sense'
Lilium Orientale
'Tiger Woods'
Lilium OT '
Beverly Ann'
Lilium OT '
Friso'
Lilium OT
'Purple Prince'
Lilium OT '
Scheherazade'
Lilium
'Scarlet Delight'

Ornithogalum saundersiae

Calla Lilies
Zantedeschia '
Black Forest'
Zantedeschia
'Flame'
Zantedeschia
'Lavender Sensation'

 


3.

Upcoming Workshops

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Waking Up the Perennial Garden: Earth-Friendly Gardening Techniques | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday April 11th, 10am | $15 | This workshop will introduce the cornerstones of successful gardening which include the concept of right plant-right place, the care, maintenance and division of perennials, the benefits and techniques of natural lawn care, and the basics of caring for the soil of your garden beds including composting and mulching. This is a great workshop to get the season started off right.

CONTAINER SERIES | Gardens in Miniature: Plant Up a Stone Art Container with Alpines and Other Diminuitive Plants | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday April 18th, 10am | $15 | Stone Art planters are amazing containers that look like an authentic hollowed out rock only they’re light and manageable (www.stoneartgardens.com). They are perfect for planting up gardens of small plants and look great on patios and as centrepieces on tables. After some general instruction and an introduction to a number of alpines and small plants, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own Stone Art container. We will have a wide variety of these containers for you to choose from ranging in price from $12 to $47. The cost of the container and the plants you use are not included in the price of the workshop.
CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before!  | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Saturday April 25th, 10am | $15 (Cost does not include the hanging basket. Cost and information TBA.) | In this workshop you’ll take perennials into the unknown and on to the world of the hanging basket. You’ll learn about perennials that are suitable for growing in hanging baskets and then you’ll get a chance to plant up your own to take home with you! Please bring your own large hanging basket or there will be an option (to be announced) to purchase a quality hanging basket from the nursery.
CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Felice Andersen | Saturday May 2nd, 10am | $45 (Cost includes the high quality wreath frame which is $30.) | And you thought wreaths were only for Christmas time! Felice will introduce you to an intriguing idea in succulent gardening – planting up a wreath with sempervivums, echeverias and other interesting succulents. 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 cost of the high quality wreath frame ($30) is included in your workshop. The plants you select are not included.
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Designing for Shady Places: Shade Garden Design for Average, Dry and Moist Locations | Instructor: Diane Brown | Sunday May 3rd, 1pm | $15 | We will explore principles of shade garden design and introduce you to a palette of shade plants for various levels of soil moisture. Each participant will then have the opportunity to apply these principles in miniature by planting up their own shade pot. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $6. Please order your pot when you book your workshop.

 


4.

Workshops 2009
Come Learn with Us

Welcome to our workshop offerings for 2009. This year we bring you some popular old favourites and some new and exciting subjects. Our workshops are grouped thematically into series. Feel free to take just one class in a series or all of them. We have special series offers if you choose the latter. We also have an overall special workshop offer. Sign up for four classes and receive 10% off. Details are below. And remember, please book in advance as spaces are limited.

Workshops at a Glance

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES

Waking Up the Perennial Garden: Earth-Friendly Gardening Techniques | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday April 11th, 10am | $15 |

Phoenix Fresh Herbs: Plant Up a Container with Great Culinary Herbs | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 16th, 10am | $15 |

Phoenix Fresh Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Unusual  and Heirloom Varieties | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 23rd, 10am | $15 |

The Buzz of Beneficials: Plant Up a Container to Attract Butterflies, Birds and Hummingbirds to your Garden | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday June 13th, 10am | $15 |

Phoenix Fresh Winter Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Cool Season Edibles | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 19th, 10am | $15 |

Special Down to Earth Series Offer*
Sign up for any three Down to Earth workshops for only $40.

 

CONTAINER SERIES  

Gardens in Miniature: Plant Up a Stone Art Container with Alpines and Other Diminuitive Plants | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday April 18th, 10am | $15 |

Perennial Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before! | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Saturday April 25th, 10am | $15 (Cost does not include the hanging basket. Cost and information TBA.)

Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Felice Andersen | Saturday May 2nd, 10am  | $45 (Cost includes the high quality wreath frame which is $30.) |

Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday May 9th, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $15 |

Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers  | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 26th, 10am | $15 |

Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday October 3rd, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $15 |

Special Container Series Offer*
Sign up for any three Container workshops for only $40
(Does not include the cost of the wreath frame, hanging basket or black plastic nursery pot).

 

GARDEN LIVING SERIES

The Grill and the Grape: Great Wines for Barbecue Season | Instructor: Randy Rae | Saturday May 30th, 2pm | $30 |

Summer Wines: Great Bottles for Patio and Garden Instructor: Randy Rae | Saturday July 4th, 2pm | $30 |

 

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES

Designing for Shady Places: Shade Garden Design for Average, Dry and Moist Locations | Instructor: Diane Brown | Sunday May 3rd, 1pm | $15 |

The Fragrant Garden: Planning for Year-Round Olfactory Bliss | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Saturday June 6th, 10am | $15 |

Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 12th, 10am | $15 |

Special Power of Perennials Series Offer*
Sign up for any two Power of Perennials workshops for only $27.

 

Special Overall Workshop Offer*
Mix and match any four workshops from the Down to Earth, Container and Power of Perennials Series and receive 10% off your enrollment. This offer does not include the Wine Tastings.

*To take advantage of our special offers the workshops must be purchased all at the same time. Workshops purchased as part of a special offer are not transferrable to other attendees and must be used by one person.

 

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

April

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Waking Up the Perennial Garden: Earth-Friendly Gardening Techniques | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday April 11th, 10am | $15 | This workshop will introduce the cornerstones of successful gardening which include the concept of right plant-right place, the care, maintenance and division of perennials, the benefits and techniques of natural lawn care, and the basics of caring for the soil of your garden beds including composting and mulching. This is a great workshop to get the season started off right.

CONTAINER SERIES | Gardens in Miniature: Plant Up a Stone Art Container with Alpines and Other Diminuitive Plants | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday April 18th, 10am | $15 | Stone Art planters are amazing containers that look like an authentic hollowed out rock only they’re light and manageable (www.stoneartgardens.com). They are perfect for planting up gardens of small plants and look great on patios and as centrepieces on tables. After some general instruction and an introduction to a number of alpines and small plants, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own Stone Art container. We will have a wide variety of these containers for you to choose from ranging in price from $12 to $47. The cost of the container and the plants you use are not included in the price of the workshop.

CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before!  | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Saturday April 25th, 10am | $15 (Cost does not include the hanging basket. Cost and information TBA.) | In this workshop you’ll take perennials into the unknown and on to the world of the hanging basket. You’ll learn about perennials that are suitable to growing in hanging baskets and then you’ll get a chance to plant up your own to take home with you! Please bring your own large hanging basket or there will be an option (to be announced) to purchase a quality hanging basket from the nursery.

 

May

CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Felice Andersen | Saturday May 2nd, 10am | $45 (Cost includes the high quality wreath frame which is $30.) | And you thought wreaths were only for Christmas time! Felice will introduce you to an intriguing idea in succulent gardening – planting up a wreath with sempervivums, echeverias and other interesting succulents. 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 cost of the high quality wreath frame ($30) is included in your workshop. The plants you select are not included.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Designing for Shady Places: Shade Garden Design for Average, Dry and Moist Locations | Instructor: Diane Brown | Sunday May 3rd, 1pm | $15 | We will explore principles of shade garden design and introduce you to a palette of shade plants for various levels of soil moisture. Each participant will then have the opportunity to apply these principles in miniature by planting up their own shade pot. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $6. Please order your pot when you book your workshop.

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday May 9th, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $15 | 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 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 $6. Please order your pot when you book your workshop.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Herbs: Plant Up a Container with Great Culinary Herbs | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 16th, 10am | $15 | In this companion workshop to Phoenix Fresh Veggies you will learn about growing annual and perennial culinary herbs in containers and garden beds. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own herb container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $6. Please order your pot when you book your workshop.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Unusual  and Heirloom Varieties | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 23rd, 10am | $15 | You can’t eat much more locally than your own back yard! Shelley will introduce you to a host of cool, unusual and heirloom vegetables including purple tomatoes, rainbow-coloured greens, squash and cucumbers that grow on bushes, spinach that grows on vines, peas with blue pods, and white eggplants. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own veggie container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $6. Please order your pot when you book your workshop.

GARDEN LIVING SERIES | The Grill and the Grape: Great Wines for Barbecue Season | Instructor: Randy Rae | Saturday May 30th, 2pm | $30 | In this wine tasting you will be introduced to a number of big, bold and delicious well-priced wines perfect for pairing with barbecued meats, salmon, and vegetables.

 

June

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | The Fragrant Garden: Planning for Year-Round Olfactory Bliss | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Saturday June 6th, 10am | $15 | It is possible to have fragrance in the garden almost all year round. Join Belinda, Phoenix Perennials’ fragrance expert, for a tour of myriad enchanting perennials, shrubs and vines that, while offering beautiful foliage, form, and flowers, will also contribute the enchanting dimension of scent to your garden.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | The Buzz of Beneficials: Plant Up a Container to Attract Butterflies, Birds and Hummingbirds to your Garden | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday June 13th, 10am | $15 | In this workshop you'll learn how to attract butterflies, birds,  hummingbirds and beneficial insects to your garden beds and planters through the careful selection of beautiful plants loved by our favourite garden visitors. In the second half of the workshop participants will plant up a container to act as a bird and butterfly magnet for their gardens. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $6. Please order your pot when you book your workshop.

 

July

GARDEN LIVING SERIES | Summer Wines: Great Bottles for Patio and Garden Instructor: Randy Rae | Saturday July 19th, 3pm, at the Summer Sizzle | $30 | In this wine tasting you will be introduced to a number of delicious and refreshing well-priced wines perfect for the summer patio and garden. From bubbles to whites and light reds, you will learn about and taste some great solutions for summer entertaining or for just kicking back in your garden and enjoying the fruits of your labours!

 

September

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 12th, 10am | $15 | The popularity of ornamental grasses continues to grow as gardeners discover their many virtues. Don't get it yet? Come to this informative talk and learn what grasses can do for you and your garden. Already enamoured with ornamental grasses? You'll love this workshop too. You'll get tips on using them for best effect in your garden design. As well, you'll be introduced to several cultivars you might not have seen before.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Winter Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Cool Season Edibles | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 19th, 10am | $15 | You can’t eat much more locally than your own back yard! Shelley will introduce you to a host of cool, unusual and heirloom vegetables that you can grow in the fall and winter. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own veggie container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $6. Please order your pot when you book your workshop.

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 26th, 10am | $15 | 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). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $6. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The cost of the bulbs that you choose to include in your container are not included in the cost of the workshop.

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday October 3rd, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $15 | 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 $6. Please order your pot when you book your workshop.

 

Instructor Biographies

Felice Andersen first encountered the weird and wonderful world of succulent plants while working in South Africa. After later travels and work in Mexico she became “totally hooked” on these low-maintenance, drought-resistant, colourful and bizarre plants. Her home and garden in sunny Tsawwassen is the perfect place to pursue her passion. FeIice has taken numerous horticultural courses and is an active member of the Master Gardener Association of British Columbia and the Desert Plant Society.

 

Diane Brown is a graduate of Kwantlen's Landscape Design program and was the coordinator of the Earthwise Garden for many years. She has designed gardens with garden ecosystems in mind and specialized in presenting earth-friendly workshops. She works part time for Phoenix Perennials and does landscape design, garden consultations, and workshops in her spare time.

 

Shelley Brignall is an inspiring gardener who loves plants. She is intirigued with the art of garden design pariticularly the emphasis of the soft landscape and the design of container gardens. Shelley is a graduate of the UBC Certificate in Garden Design program. She has her own garden design and consulting business and also works part time for Phoenix Perennials where she is involved in garden design as well as various educational workshops.

 

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 three years where she has proven herself to be an expert on fragrant plants among many other things. Belinda is also heading up our seed propagation program in 2009.

Randy Rae is a passionate wine aficionado who has attained his WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate and is currently working on his Diploma. He is a member of various wine groups, travels the world to visit diverse wine regions, frequently attends local and international wine tastings, and maintains his own extensive cellar.

Cliff Thorbes is a certified horticulturalist, artist and designer. He is passionate about container garden design and integrating original art into the garden to create a unique and personal statement. Cliff returns this year to reprise his popular seminars on design and on the secrets to creating containers that will captivate the senses.

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please call (604-270-4133) or visit the nursery to book your space. Payment is required when booking. If you would like to take advantage of one of our special offers please let us know at the start of your booking.

Each workshop requires a minimum of 10 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.

Workshop participants will receive a 15% discount on any purchases they wish to make the day of their workshop. We cannot give rainchecks on this discount so please plan for enough time to do some shopping after your workshop or head off for some lunch and then return in the afternoon.


5.

The Home Renovation Tax Credit

The Government of Canada has introduced a special tax credit for gardeners and home improvement afficionados. For expenditures between $1000 and $10,000 you can receive 15% back up to a maximum of $1350 when you file your 2009 tax return. The eligibility period is from January 27th, 2009 until February 1st 2010. So this upcoming year is a great time to make improvements to your house and garden - put in new beds, renovate old beds, or put in that new garden feature you have always wanted.

You can view more information here.

What Can I Claim?
• laying new sod
purchasing trees, shrubs, perennials
• decks, retaining walls, pathways
• irrigation and lighting systems
• ponds and waterfalls
• garden sheds
• professional landscape design services
• professional landscape contractor services

This is the perfect time to landscape your front and/or backyard. To be eligible, expenditures incurred in relation to a renovation or alteration to an eligible dwelling (or the land that forms part of the eligible dwelling) must be of an enduring nature and integral to the dwelling, and includes the cost of labour and professional services, building materials, fixtures, rentals, and permits.

Who Can Claim? About 4.6 million families in Canada are expected to benefit from the credit. Taxpayers can claim the HRTC when filing their 2009 tax return. Eligibility for the HRTC is family based. For the purpose of the credit, a family is generally considered to consist of an individual, and where applicable, the individual’s spouse or common-law partner. Family members will be able to share the credit.


6.

New Fertilizers, Soils and Pots at Phoenix Perennials

We are very excited to offer some premium garden products at the nursery including Sea Soil and some great fertilizers.

Original Sea Soil - Created from a mixture of fish and forest fines. This top-quality product is rich in colour and in nutrients while maintaining a neutral pH. Sea Soil contains all necessary micro and macro nutrients to grow a healthy garden, is weed-free, and is an excellent way to retain moisture. It is approved by the B.C. Certified Organics Program as well as listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). With no fish odour, this two year composted soil is a complete soil for your garden.

Container Gardening Mix with Sea Soil and Coconut Coir - This container gardening mix is an amazing all-in-one organically fertilized product that contains all the nutrients necessary to grow award-winning hanging baskets and flower arrangements. This mix is a precise blend of coconut coir, Perlite, and Sea Soil. Coconut coir is produced from the husk of the coconut and is an environmentally friendly alternative to peat which is mined from peat bogs.

Garden and Shrub Fertilizer 5-5-5 + 1% Iron

This fully organic fertilizer with kelp is a perfect way to increase the productivity and growth of your perennials and shrubs. Simply apply to your garden beds and watch your plants thrive.

GardenPRO Perennial & Container 14-14-16

The perfect solution for fertilizing containers for the gardener on the go. Apply just once each season and this slow release fertilizer will feed your plants for up to five months. Great for annuals and perennials. This ferilizer also contains essential micronutrients for extra healthy plants.

GardenPRO Transplanter 5-15-5 with Kelp Organics and IBA

The perfect fertilizer for watering in recently planted, moved or divided perennials. Application of this product will stimulate new root growth and get your perennials quickly established in their new home.

GardenPRO Veggie & Flower Food 10-15-19

For vegetables, shrub beds and flower gardens. Organic based with stabilized nitrogen for continuous feeding and micronutrients.

GardenPRO Tomato Food 5-10-5

Every veggie gardener's goal is big, juicy, ripe, red tomatoes. Here's an organic-based fertilizer that will help you achieve tomato perfection. With calcium and Kelp Organics. Environmentally sound stabilized nitrogen.

GardenPRO Bonemeal 2-11-0

100% Organic. The orginal slow release fertilizer for healthy roots.

 

We are also very proud to offer these fantastic Mexican pots. Here are some of the designs.


 


7.

The In-Nursery Design Service
Are you new to the vast world of perennials?
Or just stuck for design ideas?
Do you want to plant a brand new garden bed?
Or do you need to spruce up an existing border?

We offer in-nursery consultations with trained design professionals in a fun streamlined process that will get you the results you crave at a great value. Our goal is to help you design a garden that reflects you and your tastes. To do this we will work with you at the nursery to develop a design that you'll love filled with plants that you love. This service will also save you time and money by helping you avoid many of the pitfalls related to plant selection and design that can detract from the success of your garden space. This is a service for the do-it-yourself gardener who wants to plant the garden themselves. While we can give advice on hardscape, our main focus is on softscaping, that is the selection and artful combination of plants for an existing space.

What we do:

  • Meet with you one-on-one at the nursery along with your questionnaire, photos and measurements of your space.
  • Help you to design new beds or renovate existing ones.
  • Help you to select plant material to match your taste and goals.
  • Help you to select only plants that will succeed in your landscape.
  • Send you home with a plant by number diagram so you can plant up your new garden!

What we don't do:

  • We do not visit your site.
  • We do not do the planting for you.
  • We can make suggestions about hardscape but don't design it for you since you can only plan this type of project by visiting the site.
  • We don't provide a detailed landscape plan.

(If what you are looking for is listed in this last section you will need to hire a designer or landscaper. We would be happy to make some suggestions.)

How it Works
1. Fill our our questionnaire with questions about your goals for your space, your taste in design and plants, and details of the size, soil and light conditions in your garden. We would also like you to provide us with some pictures of your space at this time. Part of the questionnaire requires you to list plants that you like. We recommend that you spend a half hour to an hour at the nursery perusing our vast selection of perennials and listing the ones that you find interesting.

2. Hand in your questionnaire and book a time to return to the nursery for your design consultation. Before you return, your designer will look over the information you've provided and begin thinking about your space.

3. Return to the nursery for your design consultation at the pre-arranged time. Your designer will work with you to select the perfect perennials for your site and goals and then show you how to incorporate them into a beautiful design. If you like, we will send you home with a plant-by-number diagram!

4. Take your plants home and get planting. We would love it if you could send us your before and after pictures!

This service will cost $45 per hour, much less than the average cost of a design consultation. The minimum is one hour. Periods less than an hour will be charged in half hour increments of $22.50 each. When we have done these kinds of consulations in the past we have found that the average time required is usually one to three hours, though some larger projects have required four or more hours. For larger spaces we suggest a few separate visits so you can work on manageable pieces each time.

If you have any questions, please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or view our website for more information.

 


8.

Upcoming Talks by Phoenix Perennials Owner Gary Lewis

Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World: Botanically Intriguing Options for your Garden

Monday April 20th, Courtenay, BC.

Presented by the Comox Valley Horticultural Society.

Please contact Linda Page for more information 250-338-5684.

Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World: Botanically Intriguing Options for your Garden

Tuesday April 21st, 7 PM, Knox Presbyterian Church Hall, 2964 Richmond Road, Victoria.

Presented by the Victoria Hardy Plant Group. Please call Margaret Argue for more information 250-472-0475.

Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Plants for High Summer and Early Fall

Monday April 27th, Evening, Sechelt, BC.

Presented by the Sechelt Garden Club. Please call Elaine Clayden for more information 604-885-0890.

Among Kangaroo Paws and Grass Trees: The Incredible Spring Flora of Western Australia

Wednesday May 13th, 7:30 pm, VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Floral Hall, 37th and Oak, Vancouver.

Presented by the Alpine Garden Club of BC. Please call Philip MacDougall for more information 604 580 3219.

 


9.

Upcoming Events

The UBC Botanical Garden
Collectors' Plant Auction 2009

April 23rd, 2009
UBC Botanical Garden

Phoenix Perennials is proud to again be a corporate sponsor of this exciting and worthwhile fundraising event for the garden. We will be donating thousands of dollars in plants, some of which are not on offer at the nursery so this will be the only place to get them. In all, over four hundred exciting trees, shrubs, perennials and alpines will be offered in silent and live auctions throughout the evening. This is a unique opportunity to acquire rare and specimen plants while attending a gala evening of food, "refreshments" and music.

For more information visit the Collectors' Plant Auction Website.

Win a Pair of Tickets
to the Auction
Value $300

Just email in the answer to the following skill testing question.

What hardy plant did Gary see on his plant hunting expedition in Taiwan and which is also being offered in the Auction from Phoenix Perennials?

Hint #1: It was highlighted in the November 2008 E-Newsletter which is archived on our website.
Hint #2: It is being offered at this year's Collectors' Auction and can be found in the current plant list.

Please Put "Collectors' Plant Auction Contest" in the subject line of your entry email.

 

World Rose Festival
The Ultimate Rose Experience
June 19th-21st, 2009
Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre

Roses, rose shows, rose gardens, rose workshops, rose markets, rose artwork, rose culinary treats – join us in celebrating and experiencing the Rose!

The World Rose Festival offers an amazing variety of events, all highlighting the beauty of the rose. Thousands of rose blooms will be on display!

Phoenix Perennials will be presenting a 1000 square foot signature display garden at the Festival which will be held in the new portion of the Convention Centre under the giant green roof.

Advance tickets available at Phoenix Perennials.

Advance tickets $18
At the door $22
Seniors/students $16 available at the door only with valid ID

For more information visit the World Rose Festival website.

 


10.

Phoenix Perennials Charity Shopping Weekend
to benefit the
Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Services
Saturday April 25th and Sunday April 26th, 2009

Welcome to our first Charity Shopping Weekend of the season -- a fun way for Phoenix Perennials to give back to the community and for customers of Phoenix Perennials to feel less guilty about their plant buying habits.

What is the Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Services?: Our Mission is to provide a quality therapeutic riding program for children and youth with disabilities in order to promote physical, social and psychological well being. Therapeutic riding is recognized as an aid in treating various physical, mental and emotional disorders.  Benefits include improved balance and coordination, strengthening of weak muscles, increased confidence and a sense of achievement. 

For more information please visit: www.rtesrichmond.com.

How it Works: Gardeners who wish to support RTES can come shopping at Phoenix Perennials on the designated dates. When you pay for your plants, tell us that you have come to support this charity and we will donate 25% of the price of your plants to this worthy cause. But remember: you must tell us why you have come to the nursery on that day or we won't know to donate the proceeds from your sale. Other than that, it's pretty simple: all you have to do is shop!

Mark your Calendars! See you at the Charity Shopping Weekend!

 


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Word of mouth has been such an important part of our success and growth at Phoenix Perennials. Thank you to everyone who has told their friends about us and thank you in advance for continuing to introduce new people to our nursery! We couldn't do it without your kind patronage and support!

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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

Please visit our web page for information on the nursery, driving directions and a map.
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.

Seven Days a Week 10am-5pm
February 27th through November 1st, 2009


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