Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
Spring is here and another exciting gardening season
is just around the corner. This year at Phoenix is going
to be the best ever. We'll offer somewhere between 2500
and 3000 different perennials and other garden plants.
Hurrah! is the first weekend of March and it promises
to be the best ever. Don't miss it if you can help it.
This special event is our opening weekend. From March
2nd onwards we will be open regular hours 10-5, seven
days a week including holidays until Halloween.
In this e-newsletter
you'll find important new information on changes related
to our 2007 New and Notable Catalogue. If you're watching
the mail each day for your catalogue, please read the
I also include
information on a garden group talk in Abbotsford, a
call for applications for our 2007 Charity Shopping
Weekends, and information on a special event in March
on the Sunshine Coast where I'll be selling hellebores.
See you at
the nursery very soon!
and the Phoenicians
The Hellebore Hurrah!
The New and Notable Catalogue 2007: Important Changes
for this Year
Garden Group Talk: Weird and Wonderful Plants of the
Weird in Abbotsford
Shopping Weekends: Call for Applications
5. Hellebores and Chocolate: A Fundraising
Event of the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Society
early spring and all things Hellebore
March 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2007
Brace yourselves fellow gardeners for
the most exciting selection of hellebores I've ever
seen! Hopefully you'll be impressed too! We will have
lots of superb single and double cultivars. We'll also
have a nice selection of companion plants great for
early spring. Mark your calendars! This event is not
to be missed. Here is a sneak peak of some of the hellebores
we'll be offering at the Hurrah!
Heronswood Double White - Pure
white double flowers and lush, mid green foliage. Elegant
'Kingston Cardinal' - Luscious
raspberry-red flowers atop red stems with burgundy-infused
young foliage. Heart-stopping, mind-blowing, plant-lusting
Heronswood Double Pink - Perfect
in pink. Lovely double pink flowers and lush, dark green
Heronswood Double Yellow - Pale
yellow double flowers. Only a few available in 3 gallon
pots. Very limited numbers. Available in person only.
Heronswood Double Purple - Rich,
warm purple, double flowers with burgundy-infused stems
Heronswood Single Purple - Dark,
rich, warm purple flowers. Burgundy-infused foliage.
Heronswood Single Maroon - Dark,
brooding, and fantastic, rich maroon flowers, some with
creamy yellow central highlights. Burgundy-infused foliage.
Heronswood Single Green - Big,
vigourous plants with large, apple green flowers. A
knock-out companion for the darker flowered strains
such as Heronswood Double Purple and Heronswood Slate.
Heronswood Slate - My favourite.
Dark purple-blue flowers with a slate sheen. You have
to see it to believe it. And just to send you right
over the edge: the leaflets on the flowering stems are
the same slate-black colour as the flowers! Oh my!
'Ivory Prince' - This vigorous
hybrid hellebore offers at least two and a half months
of floral interest followed by a whole year of great
foliage. In February the plump pink buds develop. By
March the flowers open to reveal large creamy petals
with dusty pink reverses and green centres. By April
the cream colour deepens to green and dusty rose. The
leathery evergreen foliage is subtly mottled and held
aloft by red stems.
Heronswood Single Apricot - Unique
sunset tones with shades of pink, peach, yellow and
cream changing as the flowers age.
H. lividus 'Elegance' -
'Elegance' is a new selection of the uncommon H.
lividus, a less hardy species than the other hellebores
which should still do well in our relatively benign
climate (it is hardy in zone 8). The gorgeous glossy
green leaves are highlighted with creamy silver veins
and held up by pinkish purple leaf stalks. Long purplish
green stems bear bowl-shaped creamy green flowers with
a mauve-pink blush. In all quite a little plant treasure.
(Note: Unfortunately our supplier has stopped offering
these so I fear this will be our last offering. Get
them while you can!)
Heronswood Single Red - Big, bold
red flowers. Burgundy-infused foliage.
But you'll have to come to the
Hurrah! to see what else we have in store for you.
A Note on Prices: Appropriate and
fair pricing is very important to us at Phoenix. Unfortunately,
plant lust doesn't always come cheap. The Heronswood
hellebores are some of the best in the world with great
vigour, large flowers, and bold colours. In addition
to their superb parentage and breeding, the plants we
offer are grown to perfection and are of the highest
While a regular (single) hellebore is
usually priced around $15, the Heronswood single hellebores
will be priced in the mid-thirties. Doubles are extremely
rare and always expensive. The Heronswood doubles will
be priced in the mid to high forties. We trust that
when you see them at the nursery and grow them in your
gardens you'll understand the difference between regular
hellebores and these superb botanical treasures.
As a further note, with the demise of
Heronswood nursery our future supply of their hellebores
is uncertain. If you are certain that you NEED these
plants, this may be the year to go for it.
Not Able to Attend the Hurrah?:
If you are unable to attend the Hurrah! there will likely
be more hellebores available in the days afterwards.
We are open regular hours seven days a week from 10am
to 5pm from the Hurrah! onwards. If you honestly can't
make it to the Hurrah! and are desperate to get your
desired plant(s), please call the nursery between February
12th and March 1st and give us your order and your credit
card information. We will process payment and put your
plants on hold on March 2nd. Then you can pick up your
plants at the nursey at your leisure.
New and Notable Catalogue 2007
Important Changes for
Well, fellow gardener. It's come to this.
Phoenix Perennials has become a bit more popular over
the last few years. In fact we, and our mailing list,
have grown very quickly. When I calculated the cost
of producing and mailing the catalogue for 2007 it was
the same price as a big, beautiful, brand spanking new
greenhouse. You probably already know where this is
headed. As a small, independent nursery the decision
was difficult but I decided that doubling our greenhouse
space and dedicating the new house to the production
of shade plants would offer such great benefits to both
the nursery and you, the customer, that it was too important
an opportunity to pass up. So we have a few changes
for you this year but I think you'll agree, they're
not all bad.
Here is what you need to know:
1. The "Deluxe" version of the
New and Notable Catalogue 2007 will be available for
download from our website in March in pdf format. The
downloadable version will contain colour images of many
of the listed plants. You can then view the catalogue
on your home computer or print it to peruse at your
2. The regular version of the catalogue
without images (i.e. identical to previous years) will
be available for purchase at the nursery starting in
March for $4. This is our cost to produce the catalogue.
3. If you would like us to mail you the
catalogue we can do so at a cost of $5. Please fill
out the online order form or call the nursery at 604-270-4133.
If you recently filled out our online form to receive
the catalogue please return to the website where you
will find a new form to fill out.
4. All of the plants listed in the catalogue
(and 1000 others) are already listed in our searchable
online plant database. You can start browsing right
We will announce the arrival of the catalogue
in its various versions in the March E-Newsletter.
Catalogue purchases are
subject to applicable taxes.
Pinegrove Garden Club presents
Weird and Wonderful
Plants of the World
Options for Your Garden
with Phoenix Perennials
owner Gary Lewis
Gary Lewis, owner of Phoenix Perennials, for a whirlwind
trip around the world to discover a multitude of weird
and wonderful plants to add botanical intrigue to your
garden. In this colourful, image-rich and dynamic Power
Point presentation you'll discover amazing plants from
every continent (except Antarctica!) including Cobra
Lilies from Asia, acacias and bottlebrushes from Australia,
broadleaf pokers from South Africa, orchids from North
America and much more.
February 27, 2007
MSA Museum Annex in the basement of the Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford
more information contact:
Pamela 604-826-9195, firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Applications
am currently accepting applications from charitable
organizations who would be interested in participating
in our Charity Shopping Weekends program.
Weekends are a way for Phoenix Perennials to give back
to the community while helping to introduce gardeners
to our nursery. Each month one charity will be selected
to participate in a Weekend. During that Saturday and
Sunday 25% of each purchase made by a customer who tells
us they are there for that charity's Weekend will be
donated to the charity. Last year we held successful
weekends for UBC Botanical Garden, VanDusen Botanical
Garden, the HomeStart Foundation, and the Weekend to
End Breast Cancer. Since we started the Charity Shopping
Weekends in 2004 we have raised over $2000 for local
that can benefit most from a Charity Shopping Weekend
is one with a base of supporters that can be easily
(and cheaply) contacted and mobilized.
If you are
involved with or know of a charity that is looking for
fundraising opportunities, please forward this information
to them and have them contact me if they are interested
at email@example.com or at 604-270-4133. I will
then forward them an application form.
charity will be announced each month in the E-Newsletter.
If you would like to support that charity (or are looking
for ways to justify your hortaholic tendencies), consider
doing some shopping on the Charity Shopping Weekends.
A Fundraising Event of the Sunshine Coast
Botanical Garden Society
March 17, 2007
and Chocolate! Forget the wine and roses of Valentines
Day what gardeners really need in March is a
mug of steamy hot chocolate to warm their hands as they
admire glorious hellebores, darling snow crocuses, oh-so-fragrant
daphnes and other late winter garden treasures. The
Sunshine Coast Botanical Society has planned a very
special event to celebrate the turning of winter into
spring on March 17, St. Patricks Day, on the Sunshine
kicks off with an illustrated talk by Bill Terry, A
Cure for Madde & Furiouse Men. Expect the
unexpected in Terrys entertaining and well-researched
talk, 11:00 a.m. at Chatelech Secondary School, 5904
Cowrie St. in Sechelt.
A plant sale
(hellebores and other choice plants for late winter/early
spring bloom) and chocolate sale follow the talk. A
festive home-made lunch (optional) of Irish fare will
be served at Seaside Centre. (The leprechauns offer
a limited number of lunch tickets.) After lunch, enjoy
a self-guided tour of late winter private gardens featuring
cool plants and hot chocolate.
the lecture, plant sales and garden tour costs $20 ($15
for Sunshine Coast Botanical Society members) plus $10
for optional lunch. This is an exceptional event, so
make up a party, secure your tickets, and may the leprechauns
bring good luck to your spring garden.
to reserve tickets. Off-coast hellebore enthusiasts
will want to catch the 9:20am ferry from Horseshoe Bay
to Langdale. The 4:30pm ferry should get you home for
supper! Check the BC Ferries site for details.
Gary Lewis of Phoenix Perennials will be attending the
Hellebores and Chocolate! event and will be bringing
many special hellebores (including double-flowered ones)
to sell before and after the talk at Chatelech Secondary
School. Those who are really "madde" about
hellebores will want to attend Phoenix Perennials' Hellebore
Hurrah! weekend, March 2-4. The earlier you get there,
the better selection of species and outstanding hybrids
information visit www.coastbotanicalgarden.org.
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Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs,
hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing
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