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E-Newsletter: December 2015

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

December 2015

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

The festive holiday season is upon us. We just held our own festivities at the Christmas Hurrah! with lots of great events and cheer. We had so much fun that we've included pictures below and links to more photo albums. You should join us next year if you couldn't make it this past year. It's a great way to start off December.

With Christmas only days away we have a few options for you if you're having trouble shopping for those gardeners in your life. 10% Off Holiday Gift Certificates for in-nursery or mail order purchases is the most flexible offer to please those that are hard to shop for. And if you don't have someone to buy a Phoenix gift certificate for, why not buy one for yourself and get an automatic 10% off all of your garden purchases in 2016? Seems like a smart idea. You know you're going to shop... ;-)

For those who love hellebores we have just launched three hellebeore pre-sales for the hottest, newest and best plants the world of hellebores has to offer. Be among the first people on the continent to get some of these plants!

If your "tastes" run more towards the edible, we have something really exciting for you: a hardy satsuma mandarin that will fruit outside and produce large, delicious mandarins that you can pick at Christmas time. This plant has been tested over the last 6-7 years by our own Phoenician and citrus expert Larry. See below for pictures of his 'Owari' satsuma in his Richmond Garden.

And if you've been REALLY REALLY REALLY good this year, why not buy yourself a trip to New Zealand in 2017 to see gardens with myself and Jeff de Jong of CFAX Radio's Gardening 101. The dates, costs and intinerary have just been announced!

We are also starting our annual Photo Contest with $250 in prizes. Get your garden photos in soon!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

10% Off Holiday Gift Certificates
Buy one for gardening friends or family or buy one for yourself for future gardening purchases (you know you're going to shop for plants in 2016)!

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Three Hellebore Pre-Sales for the New Gardening Season

Order now to get the newest, hottest and best of the hellebore world.

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Christmas Hurrah! Round-Up -- The Christmas Hurrah! this year was super fun and festive. Have a look at what went on during our weekend to celebrate the Christmas rose and the holiday season.

2. The Hellebore Pre-Sales for the New Gardening Season - 2016 is just around the corner and we have you covered for the best and most beautiful hellebores for early season colour.
3. 'Owari' Satsuma Mandarin Hardy Citrus Pre-Sale - Grow your own satsuma mandarins outside in coastal BC and harvest your delicious fruit at Christmas time!
4. 10% Off Holiday Gift Certificates -- Our popular gift certificates are great for stocking stuffers or for under the tree. If you've got an avid gardener in your life this is the perfect gift to get them dreaming about spring and next year's garden. Or buy one for yourself and save in 2016.
5. Garden Tour: Gardens of New Zealand - Dates and Itinerary Announced - Join co-leaders Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis and Gardening 101 Radio Show host Jeff de Jong on an unforgettable trip to a gardening paradise at the other end of the earth.
6. The Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest: Win One of Five $50 Gift Certificates -- We're looking for your most beautiful, inspiring, amusing or surprising photos of your garden or a garden you visited in the last year.

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

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
Dec 4-6th
The Christmas Hurrah! - Pre-Sale and Workshop Registration Open Now!

 

Garden Tour
Gardens of New Zealand
January 22-February 2, 2017

DATES AND ITINERARY ANNOUNCED!



Join alumni UBC and tour leaders Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis and Gardening 101 Radio Show host Jeff de Jong to see the gardens, flora, scenery and culture of New Zealand.

More Info and Registration

 

Phoenix Perennials is Hiring for 2016

We are looking for new Phoenicians to join the team. We are looking for full and part time staff to work on either our production or retail sides. In particular we are looking for:

Production Manager to oversee the growing of a few thousand different plants a year.

Production Workers to plant and care for plants on our production side.

Full Time and Part Time Retail Staff that are knowledgeable and passionate about plants and gardening and keen to share their enthusiasm with the public.

Office Staff Person to keep us organized in retail, production and mail order.

If you are interested in working with us, please send a cover letter and resume to phoenixperennials at shaw.ca.

 

Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

Our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program is for interested gardeners who want to set up a regular schedule with us to come to the nursery and help us with plant care, propagation, weeding, watering and other nursery tasks. You can do any number of hours you like on any day. We just ask that you make it a regular schedule. In addition to our gratitude we will also give you plants!

Contact Patricia by phone (604-270-4133) or email (info at phoenixperennials.com) for more information and to start volunteering!

 

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1.

FIFTH ANNUAL
The Christmas Hurrah! Round-Up

A lot of fun was had by all at this year's Christmas Hurrah! on the first weekend of December. Thank you to everyone who participated in our workshops and DIY project and also to those who stopped in to pick up Christmas roses either from the pre-sale or from the beautiful extras we had on hand. We look forward to the Sixth Annual next year with workshops both classic and new!

A Hellebore in a Handbag Workshop


The ladies had a hoot stuffing their moss purses with plants and festive greens and bling!

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(You gotta see the individual purses! They are all so different.)

 

The Christmas Rose Wreathmaking Workshop


A Christmas Tradition: These three lovely ladies and longtime friends meet every year at the Christmas Hurrah! for one of our activities and then head for a leisurely lunch.

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The Outdoor Christmas Rose Container Workshop


These two friends did a great job with their outdoor containers.

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The Indoor Christmas Rose DIY Project


The DIY project is a great way to doll up a hellebore to bring indoors for Christmas.

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SEE YOU NEXT YEAR AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH!


2.

Three Hellebore Pre-Sales
for the New Gardening Season

Prime Hellebore Season is not far off! In advance of our Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend February 26-28, 2016 we're offering three different hellebore pre-sales to allow you to pre-book and secure some of the newest and most unique plants we'll be offering out of the 100 or so different cultivars that will be available. These include the new and unique Spring Series, the bold and beautiful Winter Jewels series, and a group of hot "next generation" hybrids most of which are having their North American debut this spring - you know you love being one of the first and only people on the continent to have a new plant! ;-)

Our popular pre-sales allow you to shop from the comfort of your own home and secure the hottest and most beautiful new plants for your garden. In some cases we are able to offer special savings. Pre-sales also help us at Phoenix Perennials to plan in advance and provide the right number of plants for our valued customers and fellow gardeners so that everyone receives all of the garden bliss that they desire.

WINTER JEWELS HELLEBORUS PRE-SALE
Save 10-15% when you order a collection!

The Winter Jewels Hellebores are the best available in North America. They come in double and single forms with bold, rich colours, large, symmetrical flowers and great vigour. They bloom from February through April. No garden is complete without hellebores and this special series is sure to add precious colour to your late winter and early spring garden. Order these starter and blooming-size plants now to save money and fill your garden with enchantment! You can order them a la carte or save when you order the collections.





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HELLEBORUS SPRING SERIES PRE-SALE

The Spring Series Hellebores are a diverse group of tissue cultured cultivars offering a variety of double and single flowers in a wide range of colours, many with intriguing patterning and spotting. Because they are tissue cultured you know that every plant will look just like its photo even if you don't see it in bloom. Order now to secure your plants for 2016.

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NEXT GENERATION HELLEBORES PRE-SALE
'MME LEMONNIER' AND THE FROSTKISS SERIES
('PIPPA'S PURPLE', 'MOLLY'S WHITE' & 'PENNY'S PINK'

The world of hellebores doesn't stand still and never ceases to amaze. New complex and rare hybrids are offering forms for the garden that hellebore enthusiasts only dreamed about just a few years ago. These hellebores from the Frostkiss Series and the Gold Collection are at the cutting edge of hellebores and destined to become garden classics. Order now to secure these beauties for your 2016 garden.


'Mme. Lemonnier' comes from the same rare cross as 'Rosemary'


'Pippa's Purple' and 'Molly's White'




'Penny's PInk'

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3.

'Owari' Satsuma Mandarin Hardy Citrus Pre-Sale

Grow your own satsuma mandarins outside in coastal BC and harvest your delicious fruit at Christmas time!

Citrus reticulata ‘Owari’ is a satsuma mandarin orange that is hardy outdoors in coastal BC! Plants form lush, tropical-looking, evergreen shrubs to 5-8 ft tall, bloom with white, incredibly fragrant flowers, and produce excellent crops of sweet, juicy, seedless fruit just like you buy in boxes at the supermarket but these you can pick off your very own tree at Christmas time!

The ‘Owari’ satsuma is hardy to about -11 degrees Celsius or zone 8a, the colder end of zone 8. It is best planted in a warm, protected location in the garden against a south-facing wall or fence. A warm, sunny east- or west-facing location might also do.

Phoenix Perennials’ resident citrus expert, Larry, has been growing the ‘Owari’ satsuma outside in his Richmond garden since before the Armageddon winter of 2008/09. His plant had only a little damage in that momentous cold snap and no damage at all in any cold snap in any year thereafter. He picks large crops from his tree every year at Christmas time. We have had a taste test of his fruit amongst the Phoenicians and they taste identical to the store-bought fruit. The following pictures you see here are of Larry’s tree taken in December 2015!


This is a picture of Larry's 'Owari' satsuma in his garden taken in early December 2015.


This is a picture of Larry's 'Owari' satsuma in his garden taken in early December 2015. Fruit are still showing a little green but will continue to turn completely orange by Christmas.


A shot of Larry's tree taken in early December 2015 with some supplemental lighting. His tree is planted in the middle of the garden on the outside south facing wall of his greenhouse. This location will be a warmer microclimate in his garden but the plant is still exposed to the full brunt of winter cold snaps and shrugs them off.


This is a picture of fruit from Larry's 'Owari' satsuma picked in early December 2015. Fruit is ripe even when the skin is still a little green.

We are offering 3 gallon pots of ‘Owari’ satsuma via pre-sale for $69.99 each for pick-up at the nursery in early May 2015. Please place your orders now. We will email you with the exact pick-up date once it has been confirmed in the spring.

Give the Gift of Home-Grown Citrus Fruit: If you'd like to give some of these plants as a gift for Christmas, we can email you a certificate that you can give to that lucky person. They can also use the certificate to pick-up their plants in the spring. When you check out you'll have the option of selecting the gift option. We'll then email you a certificate for you to fill out.

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4.

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

Be a hero this holiday season to the gardener in your life
OR buy one for yourself to save in 2016!

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

This holiday season we are offering 10% off gift certificates purchased in November and December 2015 to use starting in 2016. These are unrestricted gift certificates and never expire. They can be used for all purchases including sale items. They can also be used in whole or in part over multiple visits. Get some for Christmas presents for friends and family or buy one for yourself and save on your 2016 gardening projects!

Directions

1. In-Nursery gift certificates are mailed as hard copies. So that they arrive before Christmas, please order by Dec 18th for local delivery, December 17th for delivery within BC, and December 16th for delivery across Canada. Mail order gift certificates are sent by email.
2. This 10% offer ends on December 31st, 2015.

3. Begin using your gift certificate at the start of our 2016 season. Gift certificates purchased with our special offer cannot be used at our 2015 Christmas Hurrah! event.

Happy Holidays!

 


5.

Garden Tour
Gardens of New Zealand
January 22-February 2, 2017

DATES AND ITINERARY ANNOUNCED!

Join alumni UBC and tour leaders Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis and Gardening 101 Radio Show host Jeff de Jong to see the gardens, flora, scenery and culture of New Zealand.



At the very moment you touch down in Auckland, New Zealand you will realise that you have reached an amazing place where stewardship of the land is unparalleled.

Join Gary Lewis and Jeff de Jong on the second of alumniUBC’s garden tour series to discover a well-curated selection of New Zealand’s private and public gardens as well as some of the most spectacular sights and sceneries of the country. A botanical bucket list destination!

We start our trip on the tropical North Island visiting gardens that are unique and diverse in their plant material. The South Island has a climate that is ideal for ornamental gardens and boasts pastoral landscapes. We will be seeing these gardens at their peak in the early summer season. We’ll be visiting the Christchurch Botanic Garden, one of the top five gardens in the world, as well as a selection of special access private gardens. New Zealanders are not afraid of color and often have a sense of whimsy here and there. There are so many useful tips for us all to take home.

A highlight of our trip will be our stay at Larnach Castle with breathtaking views in every direction. The grounds are exceptional – a perfect way to start the day is a stroll along the herbaceous borders before breakfast. In the west of the country we’ll enjoy the spectacular fiords, snow-capped mountains, and ancient plant species.

Gary and Jeff will complement busy days of touring with presentations and informal talks on the gardens and plants we’ll encounter. Whether you’re a nature lover, a gardener or an adventure traveller, this is one of those trips of a lifetime.

More Info

 

 


6.

The Third Annual
Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest

Enter for your chance to win one of five $50 gift certificates!

We're looking for your most beautiful, inspiring, amusing or surprising photos of your garden or a garden you visited in the last year. The photos could be images of specific plants, of a container, a plant combination, a garden vignette or anything to do with plants or gardens. The photos will be posted on Facebook as soon as you send them in for voting by your friends, family and fellow gardeners. Whoever gets the most votes (likes, comments and shares) will win themselves one of five $50 gift certificates! It's so easy.


This photo is by Jackie H. from Victoria, one of last year's winners.

How to Enter
1. Send up to five of your best garden, plant or flower photos to phoenixperennials at shaw.ca. Please send high resolution photos. You may need to send them in multiple emails if the files are large. Please put in the subject line: "Photo Contest". Also include your full name and city (only your first name, last initial, and city will be published) and a description of your photo(s). Entries will be accepted until February 15th, 2015.
2. As soon as you send them in we'll put them up on our Phoenix Perennials Facebook page for everyone to see and vote for by clicking "Like", leaving a comment or sharing with their friends. Please note that if we receive a number of entries at a time we will queue you up and post one photographer's photos each day so it could take a few days to post your photos. We will email you once your photos have been posted.
3. Send your photos as soon as possible. The sooner you get them in, the sooner they will be online where your friends, family and fellow gardeners can start voting for them and the better the chance you have of winning a gift certificate.
4. Voting will run from when the first photos go up until March 1st, 2015. The five photos with the largest combined number of likes, comments and shares will win the five gift certificates. Note that a single person can actually vote three times for a photo by liking, commenting on and sharing that photo! Please also note though that in order to spread the fun around any one person can only win one gift certificate, even if you have more than one photo in the top five.
5. The winning photos will be specially featured in the March e-newsletter guaranteeing each winner not just fortune but also fame!

We can't wait to see your photos!

 


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One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada.

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Richmond, BC | 604-270-4133 | www.phoenixperennials.com

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