Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: March 2012

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
March 2012

 

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

We are underway! We have had our opening weekend and now we are open full time, seven days a week for the 2012 season. Though the temperatures sometimes feel like January the gardening season is definitely here. A few thousand hellebores can't be wrong!

This is a big e-newsletter filled with all kinds of info about this upcoming season. Grab a coffee or a cup of tea and then sit down for a read.

In this issue you'll find a Round Up of our The Hellebore Hurrah! with a bunch of pictures of Shelley's amazing Recipes for a Fabulous Pot and links to videos and image galleries about the Hurrah!

You'll find a list of our exciting workshops for the 2012 season. We've brought back some old favourites and we've introduced some new ones. You'll now be able to register for our workshops online 24 hours a day. Imagine that! Many of our workshops will be quite popular so sign up early. Not only do the workshops create a fun and dynamic nursery to visit but so too do our special events. In this issue we list all of our special events for the upcoming year including the upcoming The Great Easter Plant Hunt: An Easter "egg" hunt for gardeners, The Heirloom Tomato Festival and The Christmas Hurrah!

Our In-Nursery Design Service is ready to go for another season. You'll find details below. You'll also find some exciting details on a group importation of plants from Cistus Nursery in Oregon. These is a wonderful nursery with some great plants you won't find anywhere else. See details below on how to take part in this new service from Phoenix Perennials. If it's popular we might do it once a year.

Last but not least you'll find a third sneak peek into our 2012 season with some distinctive plants that will be available later in the season.

See you soon at the Hellebore Hurrah!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

The Great Easter Plant Hunt: An Easter "egg" hunt for gardener
Easter Sunday April 8th, 2012 | 10 am SHARP!
More Info

View a YouTube Video of last year's event.

 

Green for Life!

Green for Life! magazine is now available for free at the nursery. Inside you'll find many useful and informative articles including one by Gary on growing perennials in containers. If you can't wait you can view the article right now in pdf format! Enjoy!

The Friends and Neighbours Campaign

Phoenix Perennials has become well-known by avid gardeners around Greater Vancouver and beyond. But we're not so well known by regular homeowners and casual gardeners.

At the bottom of this email there is an option to "Forward Email". We'd love it if you could forward this email to as many of your neighbours and friends as possible, as long as you think they would appreciate it!

Thank you in advance for your kind support and for introducing new people to the world of Phoenix Perennials!

 


In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Come Learn with Us: Workshops 2012
2. Special Events at the Nursery in 2012
3. The In-Nursery Design Service
4. Cistus Nursery Group Importation by Phoenix Perennials
5. The Hellebore Hurrah! Round Up
6. Sneak Peek #3 into the 2012 Season


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 Type
Event Description
Details
Tues
April 10
Garden Club Talk
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Garden Plants for Summer and Fall
Presented to the White Rock and District Garden Club
White Rock, BC
Contact Yvonne minniesdiner at shaw.ca
April
14-22
Tour
Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World: Botanically Intriguing Options for Your Garden
and
Hot New Plants: Cutting Edge Plants for Cutting Edge Gardens

Various talks to the passengers onboard the MS Amadante cruising the waterways of Holland and Belgium and taking in Keukenhof and Floriade as part of a UBC Alumni Tour.
Holland & Belgium, MS Amadante
Tues
June 19
Garden Club Talk
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Garden Plants for Summer and Fall
Presented to the Evergreen Garden Club
Delta, BC
Contact Terry at tafindlay at dccnet.com
Wed
June 27
Garden Club Talk
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Garden Plants for Summer and Fall
Presented to the Saltspring Island Garden Club
Saltspring Island
Contact Marcia at everlastingsummer at saltspring.com
July 4-10
Conference
Groupon or Coupon?: Using conventional and modern marketing strategies to build and maintain your customer base
Presented to the Perennial Plant Association at the 30th Annual Symposium, Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, Mass.

 

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1.

Come Learn With Us
Workshops 2012

Welcome to our 2012 workshops. We will be offering 29 different classes on a wide range of gardening topics.

 

NEW THIS YEAR!
LOWER PRICES : We've reduced the cost of our workshops by about 25% compared to last year. Now it's easier for you to attend more of those workshops you're interested in or to treat your friends to a fun activity that you can do together!

ONLINE REGISTRATION: We've also added online registration so you can book workshops 24 hours a day seven days a week. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. If you wish to register by other methods you will need to call the nursery at 604-270-4133.

Our workshops are grouped thematically into series to keep them organized and help you make your selections.

CONTAINER SERIES - This series of workshops explores the incredible versatility of perennial plants for creative use in a diverse range of containers, wreaths, and hanging baskets.
DOWN TO EARTH SERIES - This series focuses on growing your own edibles, earth-friendly gardening techniques, and encouraging nature in the garden.
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES - This series celebrates the power of perennials to transform our gardens and our lives. Some of these workshops may also involve planting up containers.
KIDS SERIES - Our new kids series is designed to introduce kids and their families to edible and ornamental plants and the joys of gardening.
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES - At our special events - The Hellebore Hurrah!, The Clematis Conundrum, May Maple Mania, and The Summer Sizzle - we will offer this series of free workshops that tie into the theme of each event.

 

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

 

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

April

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Spring | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat April 14th, 10-12pm | $12 | Learn about the best performing perennials for spring. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the other two sessions: Summer and Fall & Winter. Shelley will highlight seasonal maintenance tips. Register Online!

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CLEMATIS CONUNDRUM | Climbing to New Heights: Clematis and Other Vines for All Seasons | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Two Workshops: Sat April 14 and Sun April 15th from 1-2pm | FREE but book ahead. Spaces are limited. | Belinda will introduce you to all kinds of great vines for colour and fragrance all season long. She’ll talk about the huge variety of different clematis and how to care for them as well as other vines like honeysuckle, jasmine, deciduous and evergreen climbing hydrangea, passionflowers, kiwis and more. Register Online!

 

CONTAINER SERIES | Gardens in Miniature: Plant Up a Stone Art Container with Alpines and Other Diminuitive Plants | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat April 21st, 10am-12pm | $12 | Stone Art planters are amazing containers that look like a hollowed out rock only they’re lighter and more manageable (www.stoneartgardens.com). They are perfect for planting up gardens of small plants and look great on patios and as centerpieces on tables. After some general instruction and an introduction to a number of alpines and small plants, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own Stone Art container. We will have a wide variety of these containers for you to choose from ranging in price from $12 to $47. The cost of the container and the plants you use are not included in the price of the workshop. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Evergreen Sculptures: Year-Round Interest with Dwarf Conifers in the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Lisa O’Donnell | Sun April 22nd, 1-3pm | $14 | Hold court with our Conifer Queen and learn about the incredible world of dwarf conifers. Lisa will chat about the aesthetic and design uses of dwarf conifers and, through examples from her own garden, talk about integrating them into the perennial border and containers. You will learn how to use conifers as incredible year-round living sculptures. She will also highlight the best dwarf conifers for our region and talk about their care and maintenance. After the instruction participants will have the opportunity to plant up a container with dwarf conifers and companion plants.
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sat April 28th | $14 + $40 Wreath Frame = $54 | And you thought wreaths were only for Christmas time! Belinda will introduce you to an intriguing idea in succulent gardening – planting up a wreath with sempervivums, echeverias, sedums, thyme and other interesting succulents and companion plants. You can hang them on your sunny door or gate or lay them on a table as a centrepiece. No matter how you use them you’ll be sure to wow everyone with this unique garden feature. After some general instruction, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own wreath!The price includes a high quality wreath frame, moss and potting mix. The plants you select are not included. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before!  | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sun April 29th, 1-3pm | $14 | In this workshop you’ll take perennials into the unknown and on to the brave new world of the hanging basket. You’ll learn about perennials that are suitable for growing in hanging baskets in both sun and shade and then you’ll get a chance to plant up your own to take home with you!
Cost includes potting mix and moss. When you register you will have the option of purchasing a wire hanging basket and hanger for $8.99. You may also bring your own. If you do, we recommend a hanging basket that can be lined with moss as it increases your design options.
Register Online!

 

May

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT MAY MAPLE MANIA | The World of Maples | Instructor: Doug Justice, Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden | Sat May 5th, 10-11am | FREE but book ahead. Spaces are limited. | The Japanese maples commonly available to the gardening community, while lovely, poorly represent the astounding diversity and breathtaking beauty of this most useful group of small trees. Doug is an expert on maples. At this workshop he will wax poetic about the beauty and diversity of Japanese and related maples and then get practical and talk about growing them in the garden and containers. Register Online!

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT MAY MAPLE MANIA | The Zen Woodland: Create a Pot Centred Around a Japanese Maple | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 5th, 1-3pm | $14 | There are many wonderful small Japanese maples that are excellent in containers. In this workshop you'll be introduced to an incredible diversity of maple options and then build a calm yet beautiful woodland moment in a pot beneath the elegant branches of your new maple.
The price of the workshop includes soil but it does not include your pot or the plants you select. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please note that the best size maple for your pot will be a 1 gallon plant that is usually about $49.99. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 12th, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sun May 13th, 1-3pm | $14 + $60 handmade shadowbox | Discover your inner artiste as you create a unique shadowbox "painting" using succulents such as hens and chicks, echeveria and sedums as your "paint" colours. This living wall can be hung on your sunny patio, balcony, gate or fence. Your friends will marvel at your creative talents!
The shadowboxes we are making specially for this event will resemble the image at right but with an elegant black frame. They will have have 1 foot by 1 foot of planting space surrounded by a two inch black frame. The price of the workshop includes your soil and the shadowbox but not the plants you use.
Register Online!

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Edibles: Veggies and Herbs for Small Gardens and Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 19th, 10am-12pm | $14 | You can'’t eat much more locally than your own back yard! Shelley will introduce you to tons of cool, unusual and heirloom vegetables and herbs and teach you how to grow them in the garden and containers. Then you'll get to plant up your own edible container filled with the promise of a yummy backyard bounty.
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Jewels: Plant an Echeveria Bowl | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sat May 19th, 1-3pm | $12 | Echeveria have been called Mexican hens and chicks or porcelain cabbages. They form wonderful succulent rosettes in an incredible range of colours that are perfect for a knock-your-socks-off succulent container. In this workshop you'll plant up your own amazing combo of dynamite echeveria and other succulents to enliven your space.
We will be planting up small versions of the large urn shown in the picture. At the event we will have a few options of inexpensive yet attractive terracotta or other containers for you to choose from. The costs of this container as well as the plants you use are not included in the price of the workshop. You can also bring your own shallow container that is at least 10-12 inches in diametre. Register Online!

KIDS SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Veggies FOR KIDS!: Plant Up a Container with Fun and Crazy Edibles | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 20th, 1-3pm | $12 for one parent and one child, $5 per additional child. | Parent participation required. Recommended for children ages 4-10. | There is nothing like growing your own vegetables as a child to encourage healthy eating, to build a strong relationship with living things, and to experience the joys and flavours of eating locally.
That line was for the parents. This is for the kids: How would you like to grow your own crazy and fun veggies in your own backyard? In this workshop we'll show you purple, pink and yellow tomatoes, rainbow-coloured greens, squash and cucumbers that grow on bushes, spinach that grows on vines, blue squash and blue potatoes, white pumpkins, peas with blue pods, white eggplants, and much more. Then you'll get to plant up your own veggie container to grow at home!
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Fantastic Foliage: Create a Technicolour Container That Doesn't Need Flowers | Instructor: Belinda | Sat May 26th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Never before have there been so many options for amazing foliage plants. You'll learn about a wide range of invaluable plants and how to artfully combine them for maximum foliar impact in both the garden and containers. You will then plant up your own fantastic container for a knock-out display in your garden.
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

KIDS SERIES | Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds: Plant Up a Pot to Attract Winged Visitors | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sun May 27th, 1-3pm | $12 + tax for one parent and child. $5 + tax for each additional child. | In this workshop you'll learn how to attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and beneficial insects to your garden through the careful selection of beautiful plants loved by our favourite garden visitors. Then you'll plant up a container designed to attract for favourite garden wildlife. 
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.
Recommended for children ages 4-10. A parent or guardian must accompany your child or children.
Register Online!

 

June

KIDS SERIES | Miniature Gardens FOR KIDS: Make Your Own Princess Garden or Yoda Swamp | Instructor: Kate Herring | Sat June 2nd, 10am-12pm | $30 + tax. Includes a pot, all plants and materials. | Calling all Princesses and Jedi warriors! In this workshop princesses will plant their own princess garden complete with pretty plants, a castle and a princess! Jedi warriors will plant their own Yoda swamp with weird plants and a "goo" pond with Yoda and Luke Skywalker! 
Recommended for children ages 4-10. A parent or guardian should be present with the younger children but are not necessary for the older children. Register Online!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sun June 3rd, 1-3pm | $12 | Jo will introduce you to a plethora of plants with great foliage, form and stature that you can use to rise out of your amorphous plantings to give structure, strength and intrigue to your borders. She will also chat about plants that “die well” providing great structure and interest to the winter garden. Register Online!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat June 9th, 10am-12pm | $14 | The popularity of ornamental grasses continues to grow as gardeners discover their many virtues. Come to this informative talk and learn what grasses can do for you and your garden. You'll get tips on using them for best effect in your garden design and in containers. As well, you'll be introduced to several cultivars you might not have seen before. Participants will then have the opportunity to plant up their own container featuring grasses and other companion plants. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Sizzling Succulents: Drama, Structure and Intrigue with Succulent Foliage | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sun June 10th, 1-3pm | $12 | Sit down with Gary for an introduction to the fascinating world of succulents for the garden. Gary will focus on a variety of hardy and non-hardy plants including Agave, Echeveria, Aeonium, Yucca, Dasylirion, Sempervivum and Sedum. Few plants can offer such structure, drama and intrigue as succulents in the garden. Register Online!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Summer | Instructor: Shelley | Sat June 16th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for summer? Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the two other sessions: Spring and Fall and Winter. Register Online!

 

September

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 8th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm | $12 + $16 included Party Mix = $28 | If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event! At our popular Tomato Tastings at the The Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll sit down at a table with a rainbow of tomato slices before you. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will then lead you in a tasting of about 12-15 different tomatoes one by one and all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. He'll introduce each tomato variety to you, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You'll then taste the tomato and discuss it as a group. You'll have a list of of the tomatoes in front of you so you can take notes for future reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of about four pounds of heirloom tomatoes that were grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes!

Our Heirloom Tomato Tastings are hands down the most popular workshops we've ever done. Last year we sold out all seven sessions and had over 100 people on the wait list. So book early! Each session will last about 45-50 minutes. Register Online!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 15th, 10am-12pm | $16 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the two other sessions: Spring and Summer. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 22nd, 10am-12pm | $14 | Meet the spring blooming wonders that you can include in your garden and in pots including a number of uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 29th, 10am-12pm | $14 | 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 provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

 

December

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 1st, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Wreaths were the first way flowers and foliage were used for decoration. Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers will teach you about the history of wreaths and their design as you build your very own festive wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then show you how to use Christmas roses, Helleborus niger, and other fresh flowers in your wreath! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. You may bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath if you like. Register Online!

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 1st, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest.
Shelley will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up.
Register Online!

 

Instructor Biographies

Shelley Brignall is an inspiring gardener who loves plants. She is intirigued with the art of garden design particularly the emphasis of the soft landscape and the design of container gardens. Shelley is a graduate of the UBC Certificate in Garden Design program. She has her own garden design and consulting business and also works part time for Phoenix Perennials where she is involved in garden design as well as various educational workshops.

Belinda Cardoso is an experienced and eclectic gardener who grows plants from the “normal to the sublime.” She has an encyclopedic gardening knowledge and has worked at Phoenix Perennials for the past four years where she has proven herself to be an expert on fragrant plants, vines and among many other things. Belinda works with our seed propagation program at the nursery and as a retail associate.

Doug Justice is the Associate Director and Curator of Collections at the UBC Botanical Garden and a well-respected expert on gardening and plants, especially shrubs and trees. He is co-author of The Jade Garden: New and Notable Plants from Asia.

Diane Levings is one of Vancouver's most creative florists. Since 1987 she has been gracing the homes, businesses, and special events of Vancouver with incredible floral art. She owns Full Bloom Flowers (www.fullbloomflowers.ca) at the north end of Commercial Drive just beside Uprising Breads.

Gary Lewis is the owner of Phoenix Perennials and a passionate plantsman. He began botanizing his local fields and forests at the age of four, began collecting houseplants at the age of 10 and began gardening at the age of 15. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Botany (Plant Ecolgoy). On his 28th birthday he took over the reins at Phoenix Perennials and is having a great time!

Lisa O’Donnell has been a passionate gardener and plant collector for 25 years. Her outstanding personal garden amazes gardeners and gardening professionals alike with her unique sense of design and integration of woody and herbaceous plants. Her garden has been featured on numerous garden tours, it has won awards, and it has graced the pages of House and Home Magazine. Among her many collections are dwarf conifers of which she grows over 100 different species and cultivars in containers and in her garden. Lisa is Phoenix Perennials’ official conifer consultant. She serves on the board of the Alpine Garden Club of BC.

JoAnn Turner (Dip. Hort. Cap. College) is a Vancouver gardener beginning her third season at Phoenix. She has a passion for gardens, plants, books, and the people who tend them. Her interests have led to several years experience in a variety of horticultural pursuits, usually involving mud.

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance.

Online Registration: Registration for our workshops is now available online 24 hours a day seven days a week. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. If you wish to register by other methods you will need to call the nursery at 604-270-4133.

Each workshop requires a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 15-25 depending on the workshop. If the minimum is not met we may not be able to run the workshop in which case we will contact you a few days before the scheduled date of the workshop and give you a credit towards another class, a credit at the nursery, or a refund.

If you are unable to attend a workshop you have already signed up for please give us 3 days notice. We would be happy to give you a credit towards another class or a credit at the nursery. We cannot offer credits, however, unless you let us know 3 days in advance of your workshop that you cannot attend.

 


2.

Special Events at the Nursery in 2012

The Great Easter Plant Hunt: An Easter "egg" hunt for gardeners | Easter Sunday April 8th, 2012 | 10 am SHARP! | Introduce your inner child to the gardener in you and skip on down to the nursery for some fun and fabulous prizes! The Easter Plant Bunny will be visiting Phoenix Perennials and hiding lots of eggs in all the nooks and crannies of the nursery. You're going to have to be quick to find the eggs before other gardeners do! Then crack them open to find a prize inside each one! There are more than $3000 in prizes to be won including gift certificates, discount coupons, plants, t-shirts and chocolates! View a YouTube Video of last year's event.

The Clematis Conundrum... | Friday through Sunday April 13th-15th, 2012 | So many clematis, so little time! Featuring over 100 different Clematis and other vines plus free workshops by our own Belinda Cardoso.

May Maple Mania | Friday through Sunday May 4th to 6th, 2012 | Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples plus a free workshop by maple expert and UBC Botanical Garden Associate Director Doug Justice.

Mothers' Day Free* Lily | Saturday and Sunday May 12th and 13th, 2012 | Mom's need beautiful things and Phoenix Perennials is here for Moms on Mothers' Day. On Mothers' Day weekend come on down, show us that you're a Mom or Grand Mom by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free lily as a thank you for raising the next generation of gardeners. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

Fathers' Day Free* "Guy-Lardia" | Saturday and Sunday June 16th and 17th, 2012 | Show us that you're a Dad or Grand Dad by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free "Guy-Lardia" (otherwise known as Gaillardia or blanket flower) as a thank you for raising the next generation. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

The Summer Sizzle | Friday to Sunday July 13th to 15th, 2012 | 10am-5pm | Celebrate the botanical glories of high summer | Come enjoy free workshops, special displays from our annual Great Plant Combinations Contest, our display gardens in full bloom and specially priced plants.

The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Saturday September 8th, 2012 | 10am-5pm | With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!

The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 1st to 3rd, 2012 | 10am - 5pm | Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights. The nursery will reopen for one weekend at the start of December for sales of the amazing Christmas rose and other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection plus other winter blooming plants. A tradition in Europe for decades, these hellebores can be enjoyed like pointsettias inside the house and given as gifts at Christmas parties. They can then be planted in the garden in spring for years of Christmas cheer. We'll be offering two workshops: A Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop and a Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop plus a DIY project to doll up a Christmas Rose to bring it inside for holiday decoration. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!

Mark your calendars!


3.

The In-Nursery Design Service
Are you new to the vast world of perennials?
Or just stuck for design ideas?
Do you want to plant a brand new garden bed?
Or do you need to spruce up an existing border?

At Phoenix Perennials we wish you every success in your garden. Sometimes you might need an extra helping hand. We offer an in-nursery design service with our trained design professionals, Shelley Brignall and Kate Herring, in a fun, collaborative process that will get you the results you crave at a great value. The goal of our in-nursery design service is to help you develop a garden, balcony or patio space that reflects your personal tastes and lifestyle, while helping you avoid many of the pitfalls associated with garden design and plant selection.  At the end of this process, your garden space will be filled with plants that you love, in a manner that reflects you. Not only will you achieve a great design but you will also save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars compared with conventional design fees.

Click here for more information on our In-Nursery Design Service.


4.

Cistus Nursery Group Importation
by Phoenix Perennials

Cistus Nursery (www.cistus.com) is located near Portland, Oregon and specializes in hardy subtropicals, Mediterranean climate plants, plants from the southern hemisphere and other intriguing plants from around the world. Though Cistus will ship to individuals in Canada, the process can be costly and confusing for home gardeners. At Phoenix Perennials we have considerable experience importing plants from around the world and are teaming up with our friends at Cistus to make their plants more easily accessible north of the border.

This spring Phoenix Perennials is organizing a group importation from Cistus Nursery. All plant costs and a small fee for phytosanitary inspection will be payable directly to Cistus in US dollars before your plants are shipped. A charge to cover all taxes, shipping, brokerage and border fees will be payable directly to Phoenix Perennials in Canadian dollars when you pick up your plants. The shipping costs are less than if you ordered the plants on your own and comparable to rates charged by Cistus for shipping within the US. We also offer you security and peace of mind as we shepherd your plants across the border and help them become Canadian citizens. An additional benefit is that plants will be shipped in open flats and not packed in boxes so they will arrive in great condition.

If you are interested in acquiring some intriguing plants for your garden, please read on to find out more about the process, the deadline for placing orders, the estimated pick up date at Phoenix Perennials and the costs involved.

Ordering Plants From Cistus

  1. Visit www.cistus.com and peruse their mail order offerings.
  2. Download the order form (http://www.cistus.com/pdf/Cistus.MailOrderForm.2012.pdf).
    1. Complete the order form with your plant selections. Please be advised that certain plants are inadmissible into Canada such as Berberis, Camellia, Chaenomeles, Mahonia, Malus, and Pinus. Other restrictions may exist as border restrictions change all the time. We will inform you as soon as we know if there are any problems with your selections.
    2. Beneath the plant subtotal in the field for the shipping cost add $0.50 per plant to cover the cost and administration of the phytosanitary certificate. Leave the Shipping Selection area blank.
    3. Fill out the Payment Info section in full including all of your contact information and your credit card payment details. Cistus Nursery will charge your credit card about one week before your plants are shipped. At this time the charge will be for the cost of your plants and the 50 cents per plant charge for the phytosanitary certificate.
    4. In the Delivery Info section write “Phoenix Perennials Group Import”.
    5. Print, fax or scan and email your order form and return it to Cistus Nursery. You may also call in your order at (503)-621-2233. There is no need to inform Phoenix Perennials of your order. Cistus Nursery will inform us of all the details of your order.
  3. The deadline for orders to be received by Cistus Nursery is Sunday April 15th, 2012. Cistus reserves your plants for you as soon as you order them so it is best to get your order in as soon as possible. No additions or changes can be made after the order deadline.

Picking Up Your Plants from Phoenix Perennials

  1. Plants will be available for pick up starting on Wednesday May 2nd, 2012. Please try to pick up your plants within a week of this date. If you need us to hold your plants for longer, please let us know.
  2. At the time of pick up we will charge you $10 or 30% of the value of your plants converted into Canadian dollars, whichever is greater. For instance, if you purchase a plant for US $14 and the US dollar is worth 5% more than ours at the time of shipping we would convert US $14 x 1.05 = CAN $14.70 and charge 30% of the Canadian dollar amount or $4.41 to import this plant (plus HST). Our importation costs are a complicated mix of fixed and percent costs. The 30% rate has been calculated to cover our costs and our time with a small buffer to cover unforeseen costs. As a comparison, shipping costs charged by Cistus for US destinations range between 20-40% for most areas so our rate definitely offers great value. Please note that larger plants not listed in the Mail Order catalogue may be subject to extra charges on a case by case basis.
  3. For Canadian customers outside the Lower Mainland we can arrange to ship your plants to you anywhere in Canada. Your costs would be the 30% rate to import your plants into Canada plus the regular shipping rates outlined in our mail order section for shipping within Canada (www.phoenixperennials.com/mailorder/index.php). If you live in Victoria, BC and wish to pick up your plants at Brentwood Bay Nurseries we can easily arrange this (www.phoenixperennials.com/nursery/shipvictoria.php).

Download these Instructions as a PDF


Have fun putting together your order!


5.

Opening Weekend 2012
The Hellebore Hurrah!
ROUND UP

Our Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend seems to be a magnet for inclement weather these past few years. Last year it was minus 8 and there was a howling snowstorm. This year we had torrential rain and snow on Friday that flooded the nursery and soaked the brave gardening souls who made it to the event. On Saturday we had cold temperatures and gale force winds that threatened to blow our customers around like tumbleweeds! Sunday seemed relatively benign with sun and flurries on and off all day with a 15 minute snowstorm for good measure! Because many people couldn't get to the nursery due to the weather we extended the Hellebore Hurrah! for another weekend.

Certainly it speaks to the hardiness and resilience of the genus Helleborus that despite such challenging weather conditions they are up and blooming in our gardens at this tumultuous time of year!

Weather aside, we were very proud of this year's Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend. There was tons of colour, a huge selection - about 85 different strains, cultivars and species - a great free workshop on hellebores taught by Shelley, fantastic Recipes for a Fabulous Pot to give plant combination ideas for your hellebores (also by Shelley), and just a general good time. Whereas in previous years the hellebores we have offered have been a mix of plants grown at Phoenix and other select nurseries we were also proud that more than 90% of all the plants we offered this year were grown right here at Phoenix Perennials. Though hellebores are easy to grow in the garden, they are not necessarily easy in pots. We continue to increase our growing powers and this year's Hellebore Hurrah! was proof of that.

We still have a huge selection of choice hellebores even now so if you weren't able to make it to the Hurrah! or if you need more hellebores, we've got 'em! The funny thing is that at each Hurrah! there are lots of plants still in bud that people don't usually buy because they want to see the open flower. So all through March the "leftovers" open to reveal some really amazing flowers that the early birds and the brave souls passed by!

Come down to the nursery through March and April and immerse yourself in the world of hellebores. Always remember that at this time of year as we wait for spring to arrive:

 

Hellebores = Hope

 

 

View 118 photos from the Hellebore Hurrah! in the album: The Hellebore Hurrah 2012
View most of the Hellebores we offered in the album: Hellebores at the Hurrah! 2012

Take a YouTube Video Walkabout around the Hellebore Hurrah! before we opened on the first day.
Hellebore Hurrah! 2012 #1
Hellebore Hurrah! 2012 #2
Hellebore Hurrah! 2012 #3

 

 

Five Recipes for a Fabulous Pot
Throughout the season at Phoenix Perennials we do up Recipes for a Fabulous Pot. They are designed by our talented Phoenician Shelley to show the amazing things you can do in containers. They also illustrate great combinations for the garden as well. Each Recipe is surrounded by its ingredients so you can select some or all of the options and take them home to emulate in a container or in your garden beds. Here are the Recipes that Shelley designed for the Hellebore Hurrah!. All are still looking great at the nursery. Come down to see them and be inspired.

 


6.

Sneak Peek #3 into the 2012 Season
Working hard to be your plant mecca!

Here are just a few of the hot new plants we have planned for you in 2012.

Tacca chantieri forma macrantha - Black Bat Flower - The incredibly weird 5-6 inch wide inflorescence arises during the summer from a rhizome bearing 3 to 4 shiny, ribbed, green leaves that are very ornamental. The plant grows to a height of about 50 cm tall. In colder climates they make excellent pot plants if planted indoors in well-drained loam. The long lasting inflorescence are also good as cutflowers. Taccas are often referred to as Bat Flowers or Devil’s Whiskers.
Tacca integrifolia 'Select' - White Bat Flower - The most impressive of all the Taccas. This monster can reach a height of over 1.75 m tall. The white flower bracts with purple lines can measure 30 cm across. The most amazing part is the many whiskers which can be more than 1 m long. No wonder it’s called the “Devil’s Whiskers”. A “must have” for those who love the botanically intriguing and have a bit of space to overwinter indoors.
Tacca chantieri 'Green Isle' - Black Bat Flower - An unusual and rarely offered selection that has intriguing dusky green blooms with bat-like, long green tentacles. The plant grows to a height of about 50 cm tall. In colder climates they make excellent pot plants if planted indoors in well-drained loam. The long lasting inflorescence are also good as cutflowers. Taccas are often referred to as Bat Flowers or Devil’s Whiskers.

Dicentra spectabilis 'Valentine' - Bleeding Heart - This new cultivar of the classic cottage garden favourite has flowers that are so dark pink they border on true red! These heart-shaped flowers hang from arching stems over vigorous growth of deeply dark grey/green lobed foliage. Blooms for ages in the spring garden. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry.

Coreopsis Big Bang 'Star Cluster' - Tickseed - White daisy flowers sport ever-changing purple markings: a purple central band down each petal, purple striations and a purple picotee edge can all be present (or not) with the most purple in the cooler temperatures when flowers can be completely purple. The Big Bang Series is the culmination of extensive breeding work. Plants in this series are well-branched featuring daisy-like flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer into fall. The unique flower colourings are out of this world!
Coreopsis Big Bang 'Cosmic Evolution' - Tickseed -  White daisy flowers sport ever-changing purple markings: a basal purple spot on each petal, purple striations and a purple picotee edge can all be present (or not) at any given time. The Phoenicians loved this as a trial plant. The Big Bang Series is the culmination of extensive breeding work. Plants in this series are well-branched featuring daisy-like flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer into fall. The unique flower forms and colours are out of this world!
Chelone obliqua 'Ieniemienie' - Turtlehead - This very short variety of turtlhead grows to only 10 inches which means you could even use it as a groundcover! Mid pink flowers will top the short stems from early summer to fall. Easy to grow. Performs best in evenly moist conditions with fertile loamy soil and abundant organic matter.
Eucomis humilis 'Twinkle Stars' - Pineapple Lily - Pink-purple flowers with yellow stamens that practically light up when the sun shines on the plant. Very nice purple-red seed pods. Good cut-flower. Very easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. Full sun for best foliage colour. Grow through a carpet of Thymus pseudolanguinosus (wooly thyme) or Sedum spurium 'Voodoo'.

If you would like any of the plants highlighted above, send us an email. We'll put you on the Wish List and email you when they're ready!

 


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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs, hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing.3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
604-270-4133
www.phoenixperennials.com

Please visit our web page for information on the nursery, driving directions and a map.
We are near the south end of the Knight Street Bridge and very easy to get to from all of the surrounding municipalities and beyond.

Opening Dates and Hours
February 24th through October 31st, 2012
10am-5pm


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