Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid January 2015

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid January 2015

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

If you're starting to feel the itch to garden again but are stymied by the cool weather and rain, why not plan your garden from the comfort of your own computer? We have just added two new edible pre-sales highlighting the cutting edge in grafted edibles: a new grafted tomato/potato called 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and a fruit salad tree with 5 different stone fruits on it (peach, nectarines, apricots, plums, almonds). Our pre-sales allow us to bring in the right number of plants while allowing you to secure in advance exactly what you want and need for your garden..

In addition to these edible pre-sales we also have four different hellebore pre-sales on the go for the most exciting offerings in hellebores this season. Order them now for pick-up in February!

We are currently running our second annual Garden Photo Contest. Share your beautiful photos of your garden with your fellow gardeners and you could win one of five $50 gift certificates! Details are below.

In case you missed it we've included our earlier sneak peek into some exciting new plants for 2015. These are just a small selection of the 175 new plants we'll be offering this year but there are some cool new plants revealed.

Thank you to everyone who purchased Planta! Calendars before Christmas to support the conservation of threatened Cuban plants. We have printed some extra calendars in case you missed out. See below for ordering information.

Want to come to South Africa with me ? I'm leading a botanical tour to South Africa on behalf of the UBC Alumni Association. Want to spend two weeks with me in August and September 2015 viewing countless botanical wonders of the world? You're invited! Check out the article below for more information.

Last but not least, we are going to be hiring for the 2015 season. Details are below. Let us know if you're interested in joining our team and please forward to anyone you think might be interested.

See you soon at the Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend will be February 27th-March 1st, 2015.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Four Hellebore
Pre-Sales
The hottest hellebores of the season available now via pre-sale!

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New Pre-Sales 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' Tomato/Potato and Fruit Salad Trees!

It's a grafting revolution with incredible new food plants especially perfect for small spaces and increased food production. More Info Below.

Photo Contest
Win a $50 Gift Certificate!

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' "Tomtato" & Mighty Mato Pre-Sale -- The Revolutionary, New "Tomtato" is a hand-grafted plant that fuses tomatoes and potatoes, two close relatives, that together give us one of life's great pleasures: 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'...
2. Fruit Salad Tree Pre-Sale -- Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines, Plums, and Almonds (All on One Tree!), Oh my!

3. Four Hellebore Pre-Sales for Christmas and the New Gardening Season -- We are featuring a selection of the hottest and most exciting hellebores in four different pre-sales that you can give as Christmas presents to friends, family or yourself for the 2015 gardening season. Pick-up of these luscious plants will be in February.

4. New Plants for 2015 -- In 2015 we'll have 175 new plants for your gardening pleasure. Here's a sneak peek of some of the new plants we'll be offering!
5. 2015 Calendar 'Florescence' Fundraiser for Planta! -- Join the conservation effort to protect the rich diversity of Cuban plants with the 2015 Planta! calendar ‘Florescence’.
6. Join me in South Africa: Namaqualand and the Cape Floristic Kingdom, Fall 2015 -- I'm excited to be leading a botanical tour to South Africa in late August 2015 for the UBC Alumni Association. Anyone can join...
7. 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.
8. Phoenix Perennials Will Be Hiring in 2015 -- We are looking for new Phoenicians to join our team in both retail and production in 2015.
9. Charity Shopping Weekends 2014: Call for Applications -- We are currently accepting applications for our Charity Shopping Weekends program.
Charity
Shopping
Weekends

 


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 16
Hellebores: Jewels of the Winter and Spring Garden | Comox Valley Garden Club | Contact Joan for more info: gardenlore at gmail.com.
Feb 21
Hellebores: Jewels of the Winter and Spring Garden | BC Home and Garden Show | 7pm | More Info
Feb 25
Hot New Plants | Saltspring Island Garden Club| Contact Jill for more info: jillcollingwood at gmail.com
Fri-Sun
Feb 27-Mar 1
Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend
Celebrating spring and all things hellebore!
March 25

Hot New Plants | Richmond Garden Club | Contact Lynda for more info: lyndap at shaw.ca

May 6
Hot New Plants | Burnaby Rhodendron and Garden Association | Contact Bev for more info: blgover at telus.net
June 10
Hot New Plants | Nanoose Bay Garden Club in association with the Eaglecrest Garden Club | Contact Debbie for more info: djmitchhome at gmail.com

 

Early Spring Mail Order Offerings:
Hellebores & 20% Off Bareroot Bulbs

Though winter is raging across much of Canada, spring is coming and with it another exciting and fulfilling year of gardening across the country. We have just launched our early spring offering of hellebores and bareroot bulbs to our mail order customers for shipping in March.

If you have gardening friends or family across the country please let them know about our mail order service.

Our full Spring Mail Order Catalogue will go online in early March with over 500 different plants for your gardening pleasure. These plants will ship from May onwards.

Have a look at our Mail Order Site!

 

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1.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Mighty Mato Pre-Sale

Welcome to our exciting tomato pre-sale where you can pre-plan your 2015 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with some of 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 tomatoes 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 1st, 2015.

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'.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' Tomtato -- Hundreds of delicious, super sweet cherry tomatoes on top and up to 4-5 pounds of yummy potatoes just below the soil! 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, 26.99 + GST

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Mighty 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. This year you can select the regular single grafts or the the new Mighty 2'Mato double grafts.

Double Graft Mighty Matos

Mighty 2'Mato 'Brandywine' + 'Cherokee Purple' -- Two tomato varieties hand grafted onto the same rootstock great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 'Brandywine' and 'Cherokee Purple' are two of the most popular of the large heirloom tomatoes. They produce delicious fruit with complex flavours and will produce good yields in our region if planted in nice hot spots. 1g pot, 26.99 + GST

 

Mighty 2'Mato 'Indigo Cherry Drops' + 'Indigo Pear Drops' -- Two tomato varieties hand grafted onto the same rootstock great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. Indigo tomatoes produce large crops of fruit with dark purple shoulders packed with healthy anthocyanins. Indigo 'Cherry Drops' produces 1" wide, round, rich red cherry tomatoes with intense sweet flavour and 500-1000 fruit per plant in ideal growing conditions! Indigo 'Pear Drops' produces sweet, yellow, pear-shaped tomatoes also with huge yields. 1g pot, 26.99 + GST

 

Mighty 2'Mato 'Sun Sugar' + 'Sweet Aperitif' -- Two tomato varieties hand grafted onto the same rootstock great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 'Sun Sugar' is hands down the most popular tomato variety amongst Phoenix Perennials customers producing orange-yellow cherry tomatoes said to be amongst the sweetest in the world. 'Sweet Aperitif' is a brand new cultivar with luscious, red cherry tomatoes said to be even sweeter! You can't resist, can you? 1g pot, 26.99 + GST

 

Single Graft Mighty Matos

Mighty Mato ‘Amish Paste’ -- Heirloom paste tomato produces tons of meaty 6–8 oz. red fruits—one of the best for sauces and canning. Thrives in short summer areas. 80-90 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Beefsteak’ -- Bright red, slightly ribbed, 4–5″ heirloom tomatoes with delicious, sweet, meaty flesh. An excellent slicer, but also wonderful for cooking, salads or canning. 85-95 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Big Beef’ -- Red, globe-shaped, 1 lb. fruits with a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. Abundant, firm, crack-resistant tomatoes produced over a long period. 70-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Big Zac’ -- This prize-winning variety has been known to produce fruits weighing up to 6 lbs.! Huge, glossy-red beefsteaks are ideal for slicing, sandwiches. 80-90 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Black Cherry’ – Purple-black cherry tomatoes with an exceptionally sweet, complex flavor that earns it high ratings at our Heirloom Tomato Festival tastings each year. Great yield. 75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Black Krim’ -- Violet-red, slightly flattened, 4–5″ fruits with near-black shoulders have intense, smoky flavor. Heat tolerant. Color deepens as summer temperatures rise. Russian heirloom. 70-90 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Blush Tiger’ -- A julienne cherry tomato sought after for its exceptionally sweet, juicy, tropical flavor. The 2″ elongated fruits are ready when a pink blush appears over the golden-yellow skin. Bred by Fred Hempel of Artisan Seeds. 75-85 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Brandywine’ (Sudduth’s) -- This famous heirloom produces 1–2 lb., scarlet-pink beefsteaks with high acid and sugar content. Considered one of the world’s best-tasting tomatoes. 80-90 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Pink’ – A unique and beautiful cherry tomato with bright red and golden orange stripes and a wonderful, sweet flavour. Great yields. 60-70 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Purple’ -- Striped, crack-resistant cherry tomato in vivid violet and dark green stripes combines standout visual appeal and superb flavor! Round, 1½” fruits are gorgeous and tasty in fresh salads. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Sunrise’ -- New, striped cherry tomato with yellow stripes over red marbling. A descendant of ‘Blush’ with more prominent marbling. Beautiful and bright cherry tomato with complex, sweet, and fruity flavor. Produced by the Artisan Seeds breeding program. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Cherokee Purple’ -- Dusky rose, 8–12 oz. round fruits with complex, old-time flavor. 19th century heirloom. Perfect for slicing, sandwiches. 75-85 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Early Girl’ -- Bright red, 4–6 oz. round slicers. Early, dependable, and flavorful fruits in almost any climate. 50-60 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Homestead 24’ -- Round, red, 8 oz. heirloom tomatoes are smooth and uniform with good flavor. Compact, heat-tolerant plants ideal for high temperatures and container gardening. 80-90 days. Determinate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Apple’ -- New, rare addition to the “blue tomato” series with extra-high anthocyanins! The 2–4 oz. fruits start green and purple, ripening to near black in the sunlight. Good sweet flavor. 70-80 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Kumquat’ -- Stunning clusters of 2–3″ purple-black fruits that turn a rosy red when ripe. Deep red flesh with strong acidic flavor. High levels of anthocyanin. Breeder’s rule of thumb: If you think it’s ripe, wait three more days before you pick it. 75-85 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Rose’ -- Marbled, “green-when-ripe” elongated cherry tomato. When ripe, brick-red panels appear between its green stripes. Incredible, complex flavor with hints of tropical tang and deep sweetness. Produced by the Artisan Seeds breeding program. Newly released in fall of 2013. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Ruby’ – Rich ruby-red, plum-shaped tomatoes with black shoulders with great flavour and aroma. 80 days. Determinate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Lucky Tiger’ -- Marbled, “green-when-ripe” elongated cherry tomato. When ripe, brick-red panels appear between its green stripes. Incredible, complex flavor with hints of tropical tang and deep sweetness. Produced by the Artisan Seeds breeding program. Newly released in fall of 2013. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Mortgage Lifter’ (Estler’s) -- Dark pink, 1–2 lb. fruits are meaty with good, old-time flavor. Heirloom known for its productivity. 85-95 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Pineapple’ -- Huge golden beefsteaks, marbled in cherry-red have mild fruity flavor. Heirloom with yields of 1–2 lb. fruits. 85-95 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Stupice’ -- Extra early and reliable; cool-season heirloom produces 2″ red fruits with wonderful, balanced, sweet-acid tomato flavor. Perfect for gardeners in northern climes or first of season production in warmer areas. 60-70 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Sun Sugar’ -- 'Sun Sugar' is hands down the most popular tomato variety amongst Phoenix Perennials customers producing orange-yellow cherry tomatoes said to be amongst the sweetest in the world. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Sweet Million’ -- Sweet, bright red cherry tomatoes produced in large clusters. Crack and disease resistant. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST

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2.

Fruit Salad Tree Pre-Sale
Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines, Plums, and Almonds (All on One Tree!), Oh my!

Fruit Salad trees are grafted fruit trees in which each branch grows a different fruit. You may have heard of multi-grafted apple trees but what about a single tree that produces a full range of different stone fruits – peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, and almonds?! That’s what we call a fruit salad tree because from one single tree you can make a whole fruit salad. Stone fruits are all closely-related members of the genus Prunus (which also includes cherries). That’s why they can all be grafted onto the same tree.

Our fruit salad trees are specially designed for west coast gardens. Most stone fruit do not grow well in our wet winter and cool summers but these varieties have been bred in west coast and northern climates and are disease resistant and productive outside of prime growing regions like the Okanagan.

Fruit salad trees are perfect for packing as much production as possible into small space gardens. You can even grow them in large pots on decks and patios. They prefer full sun in rich, fertile, somewhat acidic soil with good drainage. Zones 5-9

Pre-Order Now!

Here are the varieties of fruit included on each fruit salad tree:

‘Frost’ Peach (Prunus persica ‘Frost’)

Though most peach varieties do not grow well in the wet west coast climate, ‘Frost’ is a welcome exception. This modern cultivar was discovered in Washington State. It is resistant to the wide variety of diseases that affect other varieties, becoming more resistant with age. It blooms in March with lovely, pink, fragrant flowers, one month earlier than most. The fruit ripens successfully in our cool coastal summers in August and September. The semi-freestone fruit are tasty, sweet, mid-sized, round, and gold with a red flush. The fruit is suitable for canning, freezing, and fresh eating. ‘Frost’ is self-fertile and a heavy producer.

‘Puget Gold’ Apricot (Prunus armeniaca ‘Puget Gold’)

‘Puget Gold’ was developed at Washington State University and grows well in the wet winters and cool summers of the west coast. The pinkish white flowers are open in late winter followed four months later by large, oblong, freestone apricots with a lovely orange-yellow colour blushed with pink. They have an excellent flavour. ‘Puget Gold’ is self-fertile.

‘Hardired’ Nectarine (Prunus persica ‘Hardired’)

Bred in Canada, this sturdy and productive nectarine is disease resistant and produces good crops even in cooler climates. The freestone fruit are large and delicious with golden flesh and nearly completely red skin. They ripen in August. The fragrant spring flowers are pink. are ‘Hardired’ is self-fertile. It is great for canning or fresh eating.

‘Shiro’ Plum (Prunus salicina ‘Shiro’)

Shiro’ is one of the earliest ripening plums with consistent production year after year of large, golden-yellow fruit (sometimes blushed pink) that have a mild, sweet flavour. The fruit ripens in August. Use the fruit for fresh eating, canning, preserves, and desserts. It produces masses of fragrant, white flowers in spring. ‘Shiro’ requires a different plum to pollinate it. If you don’t have a plum in your yard bees will often bring in pollen from other trees in your neighbourhood.

‘Hall’s Hardy’ Almond (Prunus dulcis ‘Hall’s Hardy’)

A good almond for production in more northern climates, ‘Hall’s Hardy’ offers a good production of sweet, medium-sized almonds with a slight bitter taste. Harvest in early fall. Lots of showy pink flowers in spring. Self-fertile though will produce more fruit if another tree is present such as ‘Texas’.

The rootstock for the Fruit Salad trees is the new KRYMSK 1/VVA-1 which is a dwarfing rootstock that should result in trees 8 ft. (2.5 m) tall and will help the grafts produce good-sized fruit starting at a young age of just 2-3 years.

The Fruit Salad Trees are expected to be ready for pick-up starting on April 13th, 2015. We will email everyone before that date to confirm.

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3.

Hellebore Pre-Sales for the New Gardening Season

We are featuring a selection of the hottest and most exciting hellebores in four different pre-sales. Pick-up of these luscious plants will be in February.

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

Have a look at the exciting plants below. Click on the links for more information and to order!

SPRING PROMISE HELLEBORUS PRE-SALE

The Spring Promise series offers big, beautiful flowers with intense colours and unique forms on strong, vigorous plants. The new intro for 2015 is 'Lily', a real stunner with white flowers gorgeously detailed with raspberry-pink. The Spring Promise series offers a great range of colours in single and double forms. All plants are tissue cultured so you know exactly what you're getting, even if plants are not in flower. This series comes from the breeders of the Helleborus Gold Collection. Together, both collections are revolutionizing the world of hellebores. Order them a la carte or save when you order the full collection.


More Info and Order

 

WINTER JEWELS HELLEBORUS PRE-SALE

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 plants now to save money and fill your garden with enchantment! You can order them a la carte or save even more when you order the collections.




More Info and Order

 

HELLEBORUS ROSEMARY PRE-SALE

Helleborus ROSEMARY is the best hellebore introduction in the last five years and one of the most unique of all hellebores with incredible numbers of white-veined pink flowers that deepen to glowing salmon tones. Difficulty in production means that it remains very rare. We are pleased to be able to offer this exciting new hellebore once again. Pre-order now to secure your plants or give them as a gift for pick-up in 2015.

More Info and Order

 

'ANNA'S RED' AND 'PENNY'S PINK'
VALENTINE'S DAY PRE-SALE

Add passion to your garden for Valentine's Day! 'Anna's Red' is the best red hellebore in the world and 'Penny's Pink' is a stunning pink. Both plants have stunning foliage. These breakthrough cultivars bring the bold red and true pink colours achieved by the nodding Lenten roses to the stemmed group of hybrids previously limited to white, green & dusky pink. Order now to secure these beauties for your 2015 garden and pick them up just before Valentine's Day or at the Hellebore Hurrah!.


More Info and Order

 

 


4.

New Plants for 2015

In 2015 we'll have 175 new plants for your gardening pleasure. Here's a sneak peek of some of the new plants we'll be offering!

Astilbe 'Chocolate Shogun'
Brugmansia 'Optical Illusion'
Eucomis 'Zulu Flame'
Nandina 'Lemon Lime'
Clematis 'Sugar Sweet Lilac' (Fragrant!)
Clematis 'Sugar Sweet Blue' (Fragrant!)
Snapdragon 'Snap Daddy Peach'
Digiplexis Illumination 'Berry Canary'
Helleborus 'Ruby Glow'
Heucherella 'Honey Rose'
Monarda 'Bubblegum Blast'
Lobelia 'Vulcan Red'
Mukgenia Nova 'Flame'
Penstemon 'Cha Cha Lavender'
Penstemon 'Cha Cha Hot Pink'

Do you NEED some of these plants?

Send us an email with your list. We'll add you to the Wish List and contact you when they're ready. Email: info at phoenixperennials.com.

Yucca 'Bronze Age'

 

 


5.

2015 Calendar 'Florescence' Fundraiser for Planta!

Join the conservation effort to protect the rich diversity of Cuban plants with the 2015 Planta! calendar ‘Florescence’.

[We have printed some extra calendars. If you didn't order before Christmas you can still order.]

Phoenix Perennials' production manager Luis is the director of an effective and creative conservation organization called Planta! that works to protect the threatend plants of his native Cuba. Earlier this year we told you about Planta!'s big award from the UK's Whitley Foundation to help forward their work.

Now Planta! wants to help reconnect you to the world of plants with a beautiful, high quality art calendar of haute couture dresses inspired by the wild, poorly known but astonishing plants of Cuba. This small island country supports one of the world’s most important areas of plant diversity with the most endemic plants of anywhere in North America. 

Each month of the year features a rare Cuban plant reimagined into a haute couture dress. The calendar is large format 30 cm (12 in.) wide by 50 cm (18 in.) tall, spiral bound and printed in full colour on high quality paper stock. 

All calendars will be mailed in time to arrive by Christmas (in Canada) and shortly thereafter in the US and to international destinations. All calendar costs include shipping and are in Canadian dollars:

$30 for Canadian destinations
$35 for US destinations
$48 for international destinations 

View the Calendar & Order

Sponsor calendars for Cubans: Planta! distributes this calendar throughout Cuba for free to people at the grass roots to raise awareness about plant conservation amongst those who have the most at stake and the most potential to protect Cuban biodiversity. When you purchase your calendar(s) you will have the option of sponsoring calendars for the Cuban people. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

All proceeds of this calendar support the work of Planta! - the Plantlife Conservation Society.

About Planta!

Planta! - the Plantlife Conservation Society promotes the conservation and sustainable use of plant life and plant habitats in regions of high biodiversity by (1) raising public awareness of and developing pride in native plant life, (2) encouraging commitment to the conservation of native plant life and habitats, (3) building grass-root capacity to enable the development of local plant conservation actions, (4) promoting collaboration among conservationists; and (5) delivering science-based plant conservation.

For more information about Planta!, please visit www.plantlifecs.org or email us at info@plantlifecs.org.

The sale of the calendar outside of Cuba is being organized by Phoenix Perennials in partnership with Planta!. All payments are through PayPal to Phoenix Perennials with 100% of proceeds to be passed on to Planta! at the end of the sales period.

View all 12 Months and Order


6.

Join me in South Africa!
Namaqualand and the Cape Floristic Kingdom
Botanical Tour
August 25 - Sept 8, 2015

[Please Note: Some of the first emails to be sent to the travel agent Worldwide Quest for more information on the trip disappeared into cyberspace. They have checked and tested the system and it seems to be working now. If you have not heard back, please send your request again and also let me know of your interest by replying to this e-newsletter. Cheers, Gary]

I'm excited to be leading a 15 day botanical tour to South Africa starting in late August 2015 for the UBC Alumni Association. Anyone who is an alumni or a friend or family member of an alumni or a member of the community at large is welcome to join the trip. Since I'm a double alumni of UBC and since you, my customers, are all my friends as well as a part of the community that UBC serves, you are more than welcome to join me on this South African botanical odyssey.

For more information visit the
Worldwide Quest Travel South Africa Tour Page
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7.

The Second 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 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.

View the Photo Album of Current Entries

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 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. As soon as you send your photos we'll upload them so get them to us ASAP -- 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.
3. 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!

 


8.

Phoenix Perennials Is Hiring in 2015

We are looking for new Phoenicians to join our team in both retail and production in 2015.

Production Assistant -- We are looking for a knowledgeable, organized and energetic person to help us grow thousands of different plants a year. Previous experience is an asset. We are looking to fill a full time seasonal position but may also have part time seasonal positions available.

Retail Sales Person -- We are looking for a knowledgeable, personable, creative person to work in our retail area who loves working with plants and people. You must thrive on hard work, multi-tasking and be excited to be providing information on and selling over 4000 different plants a year. We are looking to fill a full time seasonal position but may also have part time seasonal positions available.

Student Weekend Help -- We are looking for a student interested in plant production who would like to work on weekends in March and April on our production side. Tasks will include pre-filling containers with soil for the production staff, watering, plant care and some planting. You must have a good work ethic and want to work hard. You must be in shape and strong as this is physical work.

Student Spring and Summer Help -- We will be hiring students to work at the nursery for 2-4 months from May until August. Tasks will include working cash, receiving orders, helping customers, plant care, watering, and general maintenance. Positions will be full time.

Please forward a cover letter detailing your interest in working at Phoenix Perennials and your resume to phoenixperennials at shaw.ca. We will be collecting resumes and making preliminary contact with applicants in January and February and completing the hiring process in February and March.

 


9.

Charity Shopping Weekends 2014
Call for Applications

We are currently accepting applications for our Charity Shopping Weekends program until March 1st, 2015.

Charity Shopping Weekends are a way for Phoenix Perennials to give back to the community while helping to introduce gardeners to our nursery. During the Saturday and Sunday of a Charity Shopping Weekend 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. This year rather than hold one Weekend a month we will concentrate all of our Weekends into the peak April-June season to help maximize the fundraising opportunties for our charities. Since 2004 we have raised $14,000 for local charities.

The charity 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. The deadline for applications is March 1st.

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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 14th to November 2nd, 2014
10am-5pm


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