Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: January 2015

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

January 2015

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Welcome to 2015! We hope you're resting up in preparation for another exciting gardening season. We are excited to soon be starting Phoenix Perennials 12th year of offering one of the the most exciting nursery experiences anywhere.

To get things underway we are currently offering four different hellebore pre-sales for some of the best and hottest hellebores available. Order them now for pick-up in February!

We are also 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.

And just to get you even more titillated, we've included a 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

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Planta! Calendar for Cuban Conservation
Help protect rare Cuban plants by buying this stylish calendar of haute couture dresses inspired by Cuban plant species.

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Photo Contest
Win a $50 Gift Certificate!

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. 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.

2. 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!
6. 2015 Calendar 'Florescence' Fundraiser for Planta! -- Join the conservation effort to protect the rich diversity of Cuban plants with the 2015 Planta! calendar ‘Florescence’.
4. 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...
5. 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.
6. Phoenix Perennials Will Be Hiring in 2015 -- We are looking for new Phoenicians to join our team in both retail and production in 2015.
7. 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
Fri-Sun
Feb 27-Mar 1

Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend
Celebrating spring and all things hellebore!

 

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1.

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.




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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

 

 


2.

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'

 

 


3.

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


4.

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
.


5.

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!

 


6.

Phoenix Perennials Will Be 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.

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 December and January and completing the hiring process in January and February.

 


7.

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.

Download More Info

Download the Application Form

 


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