Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: January 2016

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

January 2016

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Happy New Year from all of us at Phoenix Perennials!

Though we don't open for another six weeks, preparations are well under way for a stellar 2016 and our 13th anniversary season. We are adding to our hellebore pre-sales to help you start planning your garden. In addition to the Winter Jewels, Spring Series, and Next Generation hellebore pre-sales you'll now discover a number of exciting Edible Pre-Sales for grafted edibles including 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Mighty Matos, plus BrazelBerries, Pixie Grapes, and the 'Owari' satsuma. There are new and exciting additions to all of these lines.

This season we are also re-launching our Clematis Conundrum as a pre-sale of 80 of the best and most distinctive clematis varieties plus three new hardy passion flowers. In this way you can carefully select your most desired vines for the garden. It might also allow you to track down that clematis you've always been looking for but could never come across.

If Santa didn't spring for your place on our trip to New Zealand in 2017 to see gardens with myself and Jeff de Jong of CFAX Radio's Gardening 101 then you might need to consider raiding the piggy bank. The dates, costs and intinerary have just been announced. Follow our link below to the information page where you can register to get the full, detailed itinerary! It's going to be one of those trips of a lifetime!

The Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend is coming up soon on Feb 26th-27th. Registration is now open for our Hellebore Container to Die For workshop.

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

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

Awesome Edible
Pre-Sales

'Ketchup 'n' Fries'
Mighty Matos
Mighty Melons
Mighty Veggies
BrazelBerries
Pixie Grapes
'Owari' Satsumas

More Info

Three Hellebore Pre-Sales for the New Gardening Season

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

More Info Below

The Clematis Conundrum
Pre-Sale

Select from 80 Different Clematis
and 3 Hardy Passion Flowers!

More Info

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Grafted Tomato Survey Results -- Find out how others did with their 'Ketchup 'n' Fries', Mighty 2'Matos, and Mighty Matos and how you can be more successful with yours in the future.

2. 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. Awesome Edible Pre-Sales for 2016: Grafted Tomatoes & Veggies, Pixie Grapes, BrazelBerries, 'Owari' Satsuma - It's time to organize your edible growing season with some of the hottest edibles availabe now by pre-sale.
4. The Clematis Conundrum -- So many clematis, so little time and space! Peruse our huge selection of clematis and pre-order your favourites.
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
Feb 26-28th
The Hellebore Hurrah! - Celebrating Early Spring and All Things Hellebore!
Feb 27 Workshop: Hellebore Containers to Die For at The Hellebore Hurrah!

 

Opening Weekend 2016
The 12th Annual
Hellebore Hurrah!
Celebrating early spring and all things Hellebore

Friday-Sunday February 26th-28th, 2016
10am-5pm

 

Hellebore Containers to Die For
Saturday Feb. 27th at the Hellebore Hurrah! at 1-3pm
Instructor: Kate Herring

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 look amazing starting from early spring onwards (for months). You'll integrate hellebores and other early spring interest plants. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous container. $14 per person includes two hours of fun and frolic and your potting soil. Plants not included.

More Info and Register

 

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.

Grafted Tomato Survey Results

In December we contacted everyone who pre-ordered 'Ketchup 'n' Fries', Mighty 2'Matos and Mighty Matos in 2015 to gauge the level of success that they had this past season with the these new grafted plants. In all 40% of the people who pre-ordered plants took part in the survey. Here are some take-aways from their responses:

Ketchup ’n’ Fries TomTato

55% of people were satisfied to amazed by the production of tomatoes
83% of people were satisfied to amazed by the flavour of the tomatoes
93% of people rated the production of potatoes as poor. Most people reported some production of potatoes though many people also had no production at all.

I also grew a Ketchup ’n’ Fries this past year and based on my experience and your responses I would present this general impression. The tomatoes were by far the sweetest I have ever tasted. Tomatoes were sweeter than SunSugar, Sweet Million and other classic cherry tomatoes. Many of you made this same comment and also commented on the great production.

I also only got a few potatoes off of my plant. I thought they tasted quite good - nice and buttery and rich - but I was also expecting more production. Though one person did report 12 small potatoes! I had just 2.

An Improved 'Ketchup 'n' Fries': Ketchup ’n’ Fries was first developed and introduced a few years ago in the United Kingdom and it seems that they have been much more successful there with potato production than we were in our first year here. I have spoken directly with the producers of Ketchup ’n’ Fries here in North America and they are aware that production was disappointing for many people. I think most people are aware that they will only ever get a few pounds off of a single plant - not enough to keep you in potatoes all winter - but getting a really poor crop isn’t that fun.

The good news going forward is that the North American producers of Ketchup ’n’ Fries have identified a new method of grafting the tomato stem onto the potato rootstock that should lead to a much larger production of potatoes in 2016. The method is a trade secret but I have been assured by people that I trust that gardeners will see a big improvement this upcoming year in potato production. So if you had your heart set on a good potato production you might want to try again with this new improved grafting method.

Mighty Matos

75% of people were satisfied to amazed by the production of tomatoes
89% of people were satisfied to amazed by the flavour of the tomatoes

I’m pleased with these high numbers as it seems a large portion of gardeners are having success with the Mighty Matos. Some made comments about flavour not being so good and some cultivars producing better than others. See the notes on flavour below. As for production, it seems that it’s more the beefsteaks and larger tomatoes that are not producing as well while the cherries and smaller tomatoes are outstanding. Even though these are Mighty Matos it will still be harder to grow the larger, heat-loving tomatoes in our cool summer climate so this result makes sense. With so many different cultivars of Mighty Mato available, don’t give up on the series because of a bad experience with one cultivar. It could be that you just don’t have the spot to successfully grow ‘Brandywine’ but you might be a star at growing ‘Stupice’ or ‘SunSugar’ or ‘Chocolate Stripe’.

Mighty 2’Matos - The double grafted plants

67% of people were satisfied to amazed by the production of the tomatoes
71% of people were satisfied to amazed by the flavour of the tomatoes

It was also the first year for the Mighty 2’Matos. I’m pleased with the relative success of these plants for people. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to get them this year as the plants were deemed too expensive to produce leading to a high price at retail that dampens peoples’ interest. It’s too bad though because these plants would be really good for people in small spaces. Maybe they will reappear in subsequent years.

Growing Conditions

60% of respondents grew their plants in pots
32% of respondents grew their plants in the ground

70% grew in full sun
30% grew in part sun

44% used a slow release fertilizer
17% fertilized every week with a liquid fertilizer
28% fertilized occasionally with a liquid fertilizer
17% didn’t fertilize at all

A few impressions from these numbers:

Container Growing: A large number of people are growing in pots. You can be very successful in pots but these need to be large enough otherwise production can be affected. Mighty Matos should be in pots at least 16-20” wide and about 24” deep. Ketchup ’n’ Fries should be in pots around 24” wide and about as deep.

Sunlight: Tomatoes perform best in full sun. I imagine those people growing only in part sun might have shadier back yards where part sun is the most light they can provide. If you do have brighter and hotter spots than where you grew your tomatoes this past year try to move your production to these areas for the upcoming season.

Fertilizer: This is a big one that I think is really important. The rate of fertilizing seems low amongst respondents. Now it could be that those who didn’t fertilize at all or only occasionally were growing their plants in the ground. If you have really good soil that you enrich with lots of compost or Sea Soil each year then your plot might have enough nutrition to successfully grow good crops. Though since tomatoes are heavy feeders even supplemental fertilizer is advisable for plants grown in the ground.

45% of respondents reported poor to no fertilizing. If everyone who grew in the ground (32%) didn’t fertilize that still leaves at least 13% of people growing in pots that didn’t fertilize enough. Though I would wager that the percent of people growing in pots who didn’t fertilize enough is a bit higher than that. If you were growing in pots and didn’t use a slow release fertilizer or fertilize with liquid fertilizer once a week then this would likely be the main explanation for a lower than expected production of tomatoes. We lead busy lives and sometimes it’s hard to take care of our plants as well as we’d like. If you had trouble keeping up with fertilizing this year, please get a slow release fertilizer from us next year. You apply once when you plant and that does all the fertilizing for you for the whole season.

Flavour: Another thing to keep in mind in terms of flavour is that tomatoes develop their sweetness from the sugars produced in nice hot, sunny spots in the garden. But the complexity of the flavour is enhanced by the minerals and phytochemicals available to the plants. In the ground tomato plants should have lots of access to these flavour-improving constituents but in pots they could be severely lacking. Most potting mixes are sterile so you should make sure you’re using a slow release or liquid fertilizer with added components such as micronutrients and/or kelp extract in order to produce the best-tasting tomatoes possible.

Water: I didn’t ask about watering in the survey but this could have also been an issue for some people. If tomatoes are water-stressed, especially if they wilt multiple times, they will often not set fruit or abort young fruit because the plant cuts its losses “thinking” that it doesn’t have enough water resources to support all that fruit. Regular watering would have been really important this past year with our long, hot and dry summer.

Once again, thank you to those who took part in the survey and thank you to all of you for planting your edible gardens with plants from our nursery. We want you to be successful in your gardens and provide you the best plants and advice to achieve great results. I hope the above results and discussion were helpful for you.

 


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.





More Info and Order

 

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.

More Info and Order

 

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'

More Info and Order

 

 


3.

Awesome Edible Pre-Sales for 2016

'Ketchup 'n' Fries', Mighty Matos, Mighty Melons, Mighty Veggies, Pixie Grapes, BrazelBerries, 'Owari' Satsumas

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. 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.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries', Mighty Mato, Mighty Melon & Mighty Veggie Pre-Sale

Welcome to our exciting grafted vegetable pre-sale where you can pre-plan your 2016 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with the most cutting edge edibles available. Pre-sales allow you to secure the exact plants you desire and allow us at Phoenix Perennials to make sure we have exactly what you want.

After you've noted which plants you want, click on the Register Now button at the bottom of this page to order them. We will email you when they are available for pick-up. The estimated date is May 3rd, 2016.

Full Descriptions and Ordering

The Revolutionary, New "TomTato" is a hand-grafted plant that brings together tomatoes and potatoes, two close relatives, that together give us one of life's great pleasures: 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. It produces the sweetest cherry tomatoes you've ever tasted by the hundreds. This year an improved grafting method should ensure much larger crops of potatoes than in 2015 with a few pounds per plant.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' Tomtato (Improved) -- Hundreds of delicious, super sweet cherry tomatoes on top and a few pounds of yummy potatoes just below the soil! This year an improved grafting process should ensure more reliable and larger crops of potatoes than in 2015. Tomatoes and potatoes are closely related. They are grafted by hand and grow happily together as the revolutionary 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. Double your production of edibles from the same space. Great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 1g pot, 27.99 + GST

 

Mighty Mato and Mighty Mini Mato Grafted Tomatoes consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties hand-grafted onto super strong tomato rootstock that confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in up to 2-3 times more tomatoes per plant than ungrafted plants! Heirloom tomatoes that are sometimes shy in their yields produce like never before. Cool modern varieties also produce extra large yields. The new Mighty Mini Matos are dwarf plants growing to just 3-4 feet tall. Though all Mighty Matos can be grown in large pots, these Mighty Minis will be right at home in containers and will stay compact so they won't overwhelm your small spaces.

Mighty Mato ‘Amish Paste’ Mighty Mato ‘Beefsteak’
Mighty Mato ‘Big Beef’ Mighty Mato ‘Big Zac’
Mighty Mato ‘Black Cherry’ Mighty Mato ‘Black Krim’
Mighty Mato ‘Brandywine’ (Sudduth’s) Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Purple’
Mighty Mato ‘Celebrity’ Mighty Mato ‘Cherokee Purple’
Mighty Mato 'Chocolate Stripes' Mighty Mato 'Costoluto Genovese'
Mighty Mato ‘Early Girl’ Mighty Mato ‘Homestead 24’
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Apple’ Mighty Mato ‘Mortgage Lifter’ (Estler’s)
Mighty Mato ‘Pineapple’ Mighty Mato 'San Marzano' (Redorta)
Mighty Mato ‘Stupice’ Mighty Mato ‘Sun Sugar’
Mighty Mato ‘Sweet Million’ Mighty Mini Mato 'Iditarod'
Mighty Mini Mato Indigo 'Dwarf Shadow Boxing' Mighty Mini Mato 'Tasmanian Chocolate'

 

Mighty Melons and Mighty Veggies consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties that are grafted onto super strong rootstock that, like the Mighty Matos, confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in extra large crops of fruit and vegetables. The grafting can make a particularly positive difference in our cool summer climates with melons, peppers and eggplants that all require hot seasons to produce good crops.

Mighty Melons 'Ambrosia' Cantaloupe Mighty Melons 'Swan Lake' Honeydew
Mighty Melons 'Sugar Baby' Watermelon Mighty Veggies 'Coolcumber' (Khassib) Cucumber
Mighty Veggies 'Gigabite' Cucumber Mighty Veggies 'Epic' (Dusky) Eggplant
Mighty Veggies 'Anaheim' Pepper Mighty Veggies 'Golden Bell' Pepper
Mighty Veggies 'Jalapeno' Pepper Mighty Veggies 'Orange Bell' Pepper 9 + GST
Mighty Veggies 'Red Bell' (King Arthur) Pepper

 

PRE-ORDER YOUR FERTILIZERS - The results of our tomato survey published in our January 2016 e-newsletter suggested that many gardeners are not fertilizing enough to ensure their success with their edibles. Now you can pre-order your fertilizers to make sure you have them on hand to get all the edible production you desire. Choose the right one for you. We have four options.

TOMATO FOOD - Liquid 9-11-11 VEGGIE & FLOWER FOOD
TOMATO FOOD - Granular 5-10-5 + Ca & Kelp SLOW RELEASE FERTILIZER 14-14-16 + Micros

Full Descriptions and Ordering

 

 

Pixie Grape Pre-Order

The Pixie Grapes are a new series of dwarf grape vines for containers and small spaces developed in the Niagara region of Ontario that will often produce fruit in their first year and forever more after that. They are perfect for small spaces and patios, conversation pieces, and as a gift for every wine lover you know. In 2015 the first Pixie Grape 'Pinot Meunier Purple' hit the scene. This year two new Pixie Grapes join it: 'Cabernet Franc' and 'Riesling'. Now you can really get your Pixie Vineyard going!

Pixie Grapes only grow to about 2+ feet tall and wide and get lots of bunches of grapes on its small frame over a long season. They require minimal pruning.

'Pinot Meunier Purple'
One of the famous Champagne grapes.
'Cabernet Franc'
A fabled variety from Bordeaux and the Loire.
'Riesling'
Most varied white from the Mosel of Germany.

More Information and Ordering

 

 

Brazelberry Pre-Order 2016

Brazelberries are one of the hottest items for gardens and patios. They are dwarf berry bushes (four blueberries and one raspberry) that can be grown in pots on your patio or in the garden. They are attractive plants that produce tons of fruit. What could be better than fresh blueberries and raspberries right from your own garden on beautiful plants that make your garden look great year-round? Pre-order now for pick-up in mid April (exact date yet to be determined). We will email you closer to the pick-up date to let you know exactly when you can get your hands on your new berry bushes!

NEW! Vaccinium 'Perpetua' -- Blueberry
'Perpetua' is the newest BrazelBerry. It is a true double-cropping blueberry that sets one crop of fruit in mid-summer, and then flowers and fruits a second time to provide ripe fruit in the fall.

The leaves are dark green, somewhat shiny, and curly or twisted in the spring and summer, turning to deep reds and greens in the winter. The new canes are bright yellow and red in winter.

Perpetua has smallish berries that are mild and sweet.
1.5g pot. $24.99 + GST

 

You can also order five other BrazelBerries:

Blueberry 'Peach Sorbet'
Blueberry
'Jelly Bean'
Blueberry 'Blueberry Glaze'
Blueberry 'Pink Icing'
Raspberry 'Raspberry Shortcake'

More Information and Ordering

 

 

'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!

More Info and Order

 


4.

Select from 80 Different Clematis
and 3 Hardy Passion Flowers!

No garden or patio is complete without the Queen of the Vines. But how do you select between the best cultivars? How do you find the one clematis you've been looking for for years? Or maybe you want to discover a cultivar you never knew you needed until now! It can be a real conundrum!

We have a huge selection of the best and most unique Clematis available through our Clematis Conundrum Pre-Sale for pick-up at the nursery in late April 2016!

Peruse our selection below, make notes on which plants you'd like and, when you're ready, click on the link to place your order. You might want to right click the link and open the order page in a new window so you can view this image page and the order page side by side. Have fun!

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. 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.

The Raymond Evison Collection
Raymond Evison is England's King of the Clematis and currently the world's most famous clematis breeder. His cultivars are among the best ever produced with huge flowers, unique colours, and long and repeat blooming.

Boulevard Series - Compact cultivars perfect for containers, patios, and small spaces.
Patio and Garden Series - Classic medium to large-growing clematis for the garden to grow on walls, archways, trellises, pergolas and into shrubs and trees.
Regal Series - Ornate double flowers perfect for containers or the garden.

Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Alaina' Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Cezanne'
Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Cherokee' Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Corinne'
Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Edda' Evison - Boulevard Series 'Fleuri'
Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Giselle' Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Picardy'
Evison - Garland Series - 'Tekla' Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Amethyst Beauty'
Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Chevalier' Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Countess of Wessex'
Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Diana's Delight' Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Kingfisher'
Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Rebecca' - The reddest of all clematis! Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Rosemoor'
Evison - Patio & Garden Series- 'Sally' Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Shimmer'
Evison - Regal Series - 'Crystal Fountain' Evison - Regal Series - 'Diamantina'
Evison - Regal Series - 'Empress' Evison - Regal Series - 'Josephine'


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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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada.

3380 No. 6 Road (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
Richmond, BC | 604-270-4133 | www.phoenixperennials.com

Opening Dates and Hours
February 26th to October 30th, 2016
10am-5pm


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