Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: March 2014

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
March 2014

Celebrating our 11th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

What a strange winter and spring so far. In January the hellebores were early so we moved our Hellebore Hurrah! for the first time in its 10 year history to two weeks earlier than usual. I think we tempted the fates. We've had nothing but rain, snow and cold ever since and the hellebores are now BEHIND! Is it my fault for moving the Hurrah!?

Because of the weather we still have a beautiful selection of hellebores in full bloom. It's a great time to come down and get yourself some colour and inspiration. And with our new Rainy Day Discount you'll get 10% off if it's raining. See the side bar for details.

In this issue we are introducing an exciting new range of products for living walls: handmade planters in the shape of hearts, stars, letters and numbers. These are going to be great fun this year. Check out the various ways you can go vertical with these great shapes! You can also complete your Mothers' and Fathers' Day shopping right now by pre-ordering a pre-planted heart or star!

BrazelBerries are back for 2014 with a brand new cultivar callled 'Blueberry Glaze'. It has dark blue-black fruit that taste like wild blueberries. It's dwarf, compact habit allows it to be grown in containers, in the garden or as an edible hedge. Now there's an idea! We are pre-selling 'Blueberry Glaze' as well as the other members of the BrazelBerry clan so we make sure to get the right numbers for you. Details are below!

We announce the winners of our first annual Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest voted on by you. Each of the five have won a $50 gift certificates. Thank you everybody who participated. Start taking your pictures for next year's contest. Here is the Full Album.

Our Canadian Mail Order site is now updated with our early spring offerings of hellebores and rare bareroot bulbs and rhizomes. The full spring selection will come online in early April! Please tell all your friends and family across Canada.

Our call for applications for our Charity Shopping Weekends has been extended to April 1st. If you are involved with a charity and want to participate in this fundraising opportunity see the info below We are also looking for volunteers to join our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program.

Last but not least details are now up about this year's Cistus Nursery Group Import. Have fun ordering!.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Does your Garden Have Colour Right Now?
If Not, You Need Hellebores

Hellebores bloom for months and we have a great selection at the nursery right now!

Rainy Day Special
10% Off

Why not celebrate the fact that it has rained (or snowed!) every weekend (and most of the weekdays) for the last month? If it's raining and you come to the nursery we'll give you 10% OFF all your plants when you mention this deal! Now there's the silver lining to a rainy day!

BrazelBerry
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Get the new 'Blueberry Glaze' & the other members of the BrazelBerry Clan

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Hellebores for the Garden: A Perfect Perennial for Every Season -- Hellebores are must-have perennials for west coast gardens. No other group of perennials can create such interest in the garden from November through April like a hellebore can...
2. Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials: Help us take care of the nursery and get paid in plants! -- Join our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program...
Volunteer at Phoenix!
3. New Living Wall Planters Pre-Orders and Workshops: Let's Go Vertical -- These unique, hand-made living wall planters are fashioned from rustic, re-purposed fence boards into whimsical hearts, stars, letters and numbers.
4. Workshops 2014: Come Learn with US! -- Welcome to our 2014 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered with over 50 different classes on a wide range of gardening topics including our new FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners...
Workshops 2014
5. BrazelBerry Pre-Order: Get the NEW 'Blueberry Glaze' -- 'Blueberry Glaze' is the newest Brazelberry. Grow it in a container or as an edible hedge!
6. Photo Contest: Vote for your Favourite Photos -- Five talented photographers will receive a $50 gift certificate and you get to decide who!
7. Canadian Mail Order: Early Spring Catalogue Now Online! -- Our mail order site is now updated with our early spring selection of hellebores and rare bareroot bulbs and rhizomes:
8. Charity Shopping Weekends 2014: Call for Applications -- We are currently accepting applications for our Charity Shopping Weekends program. Deadline Extended to April 1st.

Charity
Shopping
Weekends


9. Cistus Nursery Group Importation by Phoenix Perennials -- Order from our friends at Cistus and we'll make your plants Canadian citizens for you.

 


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
Sun
March 16
Garden Club Talk: Hot New Plants: Cutting Edge Plants for Cutting Edge Gardens | Presented to the Master Gardeners Spring Seminar, Burnaby. Open to the Public
Mon
March 17
Home Show: Hot New Plants: Cutting Edge Plants for Cutting Edge Gardens | Presented at Canada Blooms, Toronto
Mon March 24
Garden Club Talk: Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World: Botanically Intriguing Options for your Garden | Presented to the Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society | www.hardypalm.org
Sat
March 29
Garden Club Talk: TBA | Presented to the Port Coquitlam Garden Club at their Community Fundraiser. | Contact Shirley for details at skeski at telus.net.
Wed
April 15
Garden Club Talk: Sizzling Succulents: Drama, Structure and Intrigue with Succulent Foliage | Presented to the Port Coquitlam Club | Contact Michelle for details at michellepay at yahoo.ca.
Tues
April 29
Garden Club Talk: Hot New Plants: Cutting Edge Plants for Cutting Edge Gardens | Presented to the Powell River Garden Club. | Contact Liz for details at lizkennedy at shaw.ca.
Tues
May 20
Garden Club Talk: Sizzling Succulents: Drama, Structure and Intrigue with Succulent Foliage | Presented to the Evergreen Garden Club, Delta. | Contact Terry for details at tafindlay at dccnet.com.
Sat
Sept 20
Garden Club Talk: TBA | Presented to the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, Portland, Oregon. | Contact Lucy for details at lucyflora at comcast.net.

 

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1.

Hellebores for the Garden
A perfect perennial for every season

Hellebores are must-have perennials for west coast gardens. No other group of perennials can create such interest in the garden from November through April like a hellebore can. And their foliage looks good when they're not in flower. So useful are they for creating multi-season gardens and so inspirational are they for the winter and spring that I would go so far as to say that if you haven't integrated hellebores into your plantings then your garden is not yet complete.

We think of hellebores as shade plants and while some are definitely suited to shadier situations none do as well in full shade as they do in more light. What many people don't realize is that many species and cultivars actually prefer full to part sun. Here's a summary of the different groups of hellebores and how to use them in your garden.

Helleborus niger -- The Christmas Rose

'HGC Josef Lemper'
'HGC Jonas'

Description: The Christmas rose has pure white flowers embossed with golden stamens at the centre of each flower. The flower stems are upright and the flowers outward facing. The leaves are thick and leathery and mid to dark green forming a mound below the flowers.

Until recently I would have said that H. niger was not a great choice for our climate, especially for landscape uses. The species and its older forms did not show much vigour and would become splattered with soil in winter as the plants attempted to put out a few flowers.

Then along came the Helleborus Gold Collection (HGC) cultivars. 'Jacob', 'Jonas', 'Josef Lemper' and 'Joshua' have changed everything. They are like a Christmas rose on steroids with lush mounds of foliage and copious amounts of flowers that bloom from November or December all winter into March or April. The flower power of these new cultivars is amazing. If you want your clients to be inspired by your work, few things amaze people more than flowers that bloom in the winter. 'Josef Lemper' is the largest-growing cultivar and best for the open garden. The other cultivars are good in the garden or containers.

Bloom Time: November/December-March/April

Flower Colour: White with yellow centres. Some double forms exist, the best of which is 'HGC Snow Frills'.

Flower Orientation: Outward facing.

Foliage: Mid to dark green, thick, leathery.

Exposure: Full but not blazing sun (with good moisture) or part sun to part shade. Avoid full shade.

Soil Moisture: Evenly moist, well-drained with good nutrition.

Landscape Uses: Garden beds, outdoor containers, indoor containers at Christmas for 2-3 weeks (makes a great gift to clients at Christmas time!).

Hardiness Zones: 4-9

 

Helleborus x hybridus -- The Lenten Rose

Winter Jewels Doubles
Winter Jewels Singles

Description: The Lenten rose has traditionally been the best-loved of the genus with elegant, nodding flowers in the widest colour range of the hellebores. This group is also the longest lived and can last for decades in the garden, even 50-60-70 years. Some lament the nodding orientation of the flowers in preference of the other groups but the Lenten roses also offer a certain magic that draws one into the garden to visit the plants and lift up the flowers. Recent breeding work has focused on more outward facing flowers with colourful petal reverses so even if nodding the flowers still provide lots of colour. These plants form large mounds of mid green evergreen foliage.

Most of the Lenten roses are seed grown. For collectors of hellebores this is where the magic lies since each seed-grown hellebore is unique and special forms can often be found. Many reliable colour strains have been developed though the exact colour cannot be known unless the plant is seen in bloom. The best strains are the Winter Jewels. The Lady Series, Mardi Gras Strains and the Winter Thrillers are other useful strains. The Spring Promise Series is tissue cultured so every plant will look exactly like its tag. This series offers a wide range of colours. If you need to know the exact colour of a hellebore outside of blooming season you can count on the Spring Promise series. 'Tutu' is also tissue cultured and has a unique anemone centre.

'Spring Promise Elly'
'Spring Promise Conny'

Bloom Time: February-April

Flower Colour: Red, purple-black, purple, slate purple, pink, yellow, apricot, white, green. Can have picotee edges, dark veining and central flares. Double and single forms are readily available. 'Tutu' has semi-double or anemone-centred flowers.

Flower Orientation: Nodding, though some strains and cultivars can have more outward-facing flowers.

Foliage: Mid green, thick.

Exposure: Part sun to part shade is best. Tolerant of full shade but will grow more slowly and not bloom as heavily.

Soil Moisture: Evenly moist, well-drained with good nutrition. Drought tolerant once established if planted in part shade.

Landscape Uses: Garden beds are best due to the large root system. Large containers are also possible if they have a diametre greater than 14 inches. Great as a groundcover if planted at appropriate distances of 1 to 1.5 feet apart on centre.

Hardiness Zones: 5-9

 

Helleborus Stemmed/Caulescent Hybrids -- The New Hybrid Group

'HGC Pink Frost'
'HGC Ice Breaker Prelude'

Description: This group is currently the most popular owing to numerous new introductions all of which offer mounds of lush leathery foliage and outward facing flowers. Many of the new introductions are from the Gold Collection but there are also important cultivars such as 'Penny's Pink', 'Anna's Red', 'Honeyhill Joy', 'Piroutte' and 'Angel Glow' from other breeders. This group is comprised of often complex hybrids of the stemmed species H. argutifolius, H. niger and H. lividus. The first major introduction within this group was 'Ivory Prince'.

The best plants forthe open garden would be the tough HGC Ice Breaker series or 'Honeyhill Joy' all of which have mounds of extra thick and resilient foliage and cream, white or whitish green flowers. 'Pink Frost' is also a large grower and good for the landscape with big leaves and client-pleasing pink flowers.

With their mottled foliage 'Penny's Pink', 'Anna's Red' and 'Winter Moonbeam' would be the best cultivars for eye-catching plant combinations for containers whether they are in flower or not. However, there are many other members of the Gold Collection which would also be superlative in containers.

'Anna's Red'
'Penny's Pink'

Bloom Time: January or February through April, depending on the cultivar

Flower Colour: Green, cream, dusty rose, pink, red.

Flower Orientation: Outward-facing.

Foliage: Shades of dark green, bluish green, greyish green. Some cultivars like 'Winter Moonbeam' have mottled foliage that emerges with veins of icy white that slowly fade to mint green on a dark green background. 'Anna's Red' and 'Penny's Pink' offer red and pink flushed new leaves, respectively, that fade to dark green with mint green mottling.

Exposure: Full to part sun. Tolerant of part shade. Avoid full shade.

Soil Moisture: Evenly moist, well-drained with good nutrition.

Landscape Uses: Full to part sun situations in garden beds. These cultivars are also excellent in containers.

Hardiness Zones: 5-9, perhaps lower

 

Other Hellebores of Note

H. argutifolius, the Corsican hellebore, is a sun- to part sun- loving hellebore that grows like a shrub, often topping off at three feet in height by three feet wide. Strong leathery foliage and clusters of large green flowers on top fo the stems from February through April. Long-lived.
H. foetidus, the bearsfoot hellebore, is an intriguing textural addition to the garden with great dissected foliage and small green flowers. It should also be grown in sun to part sun. Red Silver Strain and Wester Flisk Strain have bluish leaves with red highlights. Not as long-lived as the Corsican hellebore or the Lenten roses.

To Learn More About Hellebores:

Come down to the nursery now to see our huge selection of over 100 different species, cultivars and strains.

Have a look at the articles in our 2014 Hellebore Catalogue.


2.

Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

Do you have some spare time and want to gain more experience with plants and plant care? A nursery like ours can always use some extra help!

Our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program is for interested gardeners who want to set up a regular schedule with us to come to the nursery and help us with plant care, propagation, weeding, watering and other nursery tasks. You can do any number of hours you like on any day. We just ask that you make it a regular schedule. In addition to our gratitude we will also give you plants!

Contact Patricia by phone (604-270-4133) or email (info at phoenixperennials.com) for more information and to start volunteering!

If you've volunteered with us in the past and would like to continue, please also be in touch. It's spring and the plants are ready to go!


3.

New Living Wall Planters Pre-Orders and Workshops
Let's Go Vertical!

Introducing a wonderful new way to go vertical in your garden or on your patio.

These unique, hand-made living wall planters are fashioned from rustic, re-purposed fence boards into whimsical hearts, stars, letters and numbers. You can plant them with creative combinations of succulents and ground covers and hang them throughout your garden or on your patio for a cool vertical display. You could even use the numbers to mark your street address or spell out your name or the name of a loved one in the garden!

We'll have hearts, stars, every letter of the alphabet and numbers.

Right now we are taking orders so we can bring in the right amount of planters. We have a number of different ways for you to "go vertical" with these cool living wall units:

Pre-Order from the Full Range of Empty Planters to Plant Up Yourself:
Living Wall Planters Pre-Order: Hearts, Stars, Letters and Numbers (Empty)

Register for Our Hearts and Stars Workshop Where You'll Be Taught How to Plant Up Your Own Living Wall Planter: Hearts and Stars Succulent Living Wall Planter Workshop

Pre-Order Pre-Planted Hearts to Pick Up Just Before Mothers' Day: Succulent Hearts for Mothers' Day (Pre-Sale) - Pre-Planted Living Wall

Pre-Order Pre-Planted Stars to Pick Up Just Before Fathers' Day: Succulent Star for Fathers' Day (Pre-Sale) - Pre-Planted Living Wall


4.

Workshops and Classes at the Nursery in 2014

Come Learn With Us!

Welcome to our 2014 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering over 50 different classes on a wide range of gardening topics including our new FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners.

Online Registration: We use 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. You do not need a PayPal account to pay. They will simply process your Visa or MC on our behalf. If you wish to register by other methods please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or visit us in person.

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

GARDENING 101 SERIES- Our new FREE series is designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners with a wide range of topics to develop your gardening knowledge and build your confidence in the garden.
CONTAINER SERIES - This series of workshops explores the incredible versatility of perennial plants for creative use in a diverse range of containers, wreaths, living walls and hanging baskets.
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES 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.
KIDS SERIES - Our new kids series is designed to introduce kids and their families to edible and ornamental plants and the joys of gardening.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

April

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning for Dummies | Instructor: Patricia | Sat April 12th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | We all feel confused when it comes to pruning. No longer! Join Patricia the Priestess of the Pruners for this free pruning primer. She’ll discuss the art and science of pruning and answer your most common pruning questions with discussion and demonstrations on a wide variety of woody species.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Foundations of a Healthy Garden | Instructor: Kate | Sun April 13th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Success in the garden is easy to achieve when you pay attention to the fundamentals. Kate will discuss taking care of your soil with mulching, fertilizing and composting, general plant maintenance to encourage plant health, earth-friendly techniques for insect, disease and weed control and the concept of right plant, right place.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Perennials | Instructor: Jo | Sun April 13th, 1-2pm | FREE* | If you’re a beginner who is keen to get gardening or an intermediate gardener who wants to fill in your knowledge, this workshop will be a great confidence builder. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success including basic botany, the “right plant, right place” mantra including considerations for soil type and moisture, light and hardiness, and how to select, plant and care for your perennials through the year. We’ll also introduce you to some of the major groups of tried and true perennials and discuss how to use them in the garden. You’ll be well on your way to confidently achieve the gardening success you’ve always dreamed of!
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Perennials from Seed | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 19th, 10-11am | FREE* | Belinda has grown hundreds, if not thousands, of different seeds during her gardening life. Join her for this valuable workshop on how to grow your own perennials from seed. She’ll discuss different techniques for sowing your seeds including overcoming seed dormancy plus give you play by play instructions of turning a packet of seeds into exciting perennials for your garden and your friends’ gardens!
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Endless Summer: 365 Days of Berries and Fruit in the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat April 19th, 2-4pm | $14 | Do you long for the sweet taste of summer at times of the year when summer is just a faraway dream? Take heart, fellow foodies, you can enjoy the bounty of summer berries and fruit year-round with some simple skills and a little planning. Your instructor Cathy will teach you about the different kinds of fruit and berries you can grow in your garden and in containers on your patio. Then she will teach you different ways to preserve your bounty such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, cherries, and much more. She will discuss preserving through canning, drying and freezing and tell you which processes are best for each particular fruit. She will show you the equipment you will need and demonstrate the different preservation techniques. She will then give you some recipe ideas for using your preserved fruits and berries long after summer has passed.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Strategies for Successful Balconies and Small Spaces | Instructor: Kate | Sun April 20th, 1-2pm | FREE* | Do you have a small outdoor space that you want to turn into your sanctuary from the busy urban world? With some strategic planning to maximize the use of your space, some creative design ideas to make your space beautiful and a selection of the best multi-season interest plants including plants for privacy, you can have the get-away of your dreams.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 26th, 10am-12pm | $14 + choice of 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! View images from last year. We will have various custom-made shadowbox options available for you to plant up and create your masterpiece. The plants you decide to use are not included in the price of your workshop.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Clematis and Vines for All Seasons | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 26th 2-3pm | FREE* | 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.
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KIDS SERIES | Bad Hair Day Kids Workshop | Instructor: Kate | Sun April 27th, 11am-12pm | $30, includes all materials | You know how hair grows but what about plants? Kate will teach you about what plants need to grow and how to care for them. Then everyone will get a terracotta pot in the shape of a head with a smiling face and Kate will teach you how to give your head a fabulous hair style by planting it up with different plants! You’ll let your creative juices flow as you design the perfect “hair” style for your terracotta friend. Will it be a good hair day or a bad hair day? You decide! Parent participation recommended for younger children.
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POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Sensational Simplified Gardens | Instructor: Jo | Sun April 27th, 1-3pm | Do you want the beauty and serenity of a garden but need to keep the care and maintenance of this space at a manageable level? This workshop will introduce you to strategies for creating a lower maintenance garden and patio through the careful and strategic selection of easy-care perennials, shrubs and groundcovers that deliver multiple seasons of interest. Jo will discuss how to renovate existing areas to simplify their care and create beautiful new spaces that won’t take up all of your valuable leisure time.
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May

CONTAINER SERIES | Hearts and Stars Succulent Living Wall Planter | Instructor: Kate | Sat May 3rd, 10-11:30am | $14 + choice of planter ($49.99) | The hottest gardens these days are vertical and what could be cooler than a living wall planter in the shape of a heart or a star? Our hearts and stars are hand-made from reclaimed fence boards providing a rustic frame in which you can plant a masterpiece of succulents including hen and chicks, stonecrops and echeveria. These planters also make perfect gifts for Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day or other special occasions. The plants you decide to use are not included in the price of your workshop. Please Note: If you would like to plant up letters or numbers instead of hearts or stars then register for this workshop but do not choose to purchase a heart or star. Then pre-order from our full range of living wall shapes: Living Wall Planter Pre-Order.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 3rd, 2-4pm | $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. If you do not have a container we will have various options available for you at the workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Shrubs | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 4th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Shrubs are an integral part of the garden. If you’re a beginner who is keen to get gardening or an intermediate gardener who wants to fill in your knowledge about shrubs, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success with shrubs. We will present the best shrubs for city gardens and patios, emphasize multi-season interest, and highlight the best plants for different times of year. We’ll also discuss the selection, planting and ongoing care of shrubs including pruning. With a combination of theory, demonstrations and hands on learning you’ll be well on your way to achieving the gardening success you’ve always dreamed of!
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CONTAINER SERIES | Haute Couture Gardening: Purses and Pumps for Chic Displays | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 4th, 1-2pm | $14 + selection of purses & pumps ($19.99) | Strike a pose with fantastic moss-covered purses and pumps for a haut couture, prêt-à-porter, fashion show runway statement for your own backyard. Kate will show you a bunch of possibilities for potting up your purses and pumps and then you’ll get right down to glitzing them up and accessorizing them with succulents and other cool plants to make your very own fashion statement. Eat your heart out Versace! These would make a great present for Mothers’ Day or wedding centerpieces! The price of the workshop includes your instruction and soil. When you register please choose the purses and pumps you’d like to plant up. Additional purses and pumps will be available at the workshop if supplies last. The plants you choose for planting up are not included.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Fairy Gardening for All Ages | Instructor: Chantal, the CFO | Sat May 10th, 10am-12pm | $40, includes a shallow plastic terra cotta pot, soil, two fairy plants and a $20 voucher for additional plants and accessories | Parent and child are welcome to attend together for the same price of $40. | Do you have fairies in your garden? If the answer is no then it might be because you haven’t planted them a fairy garden yet! Fairy gardening is a hobby for all ages from girls to grandmothers and everybody in between. Fairy gardens are gardens in miniature complete with furniture and garden accessories for fairies to lounge and entertain. These gardens can be created for indoor or outdoor spaces and are great for normal yards to little balconies. Chantal our CFO (Chief Fairy Officer) will be on site to introduce you to the world of fairy gardening including fairy lore and a demonstration on how to plant a fairy garden. Then you’ll get to plant up your very own! Join us to learn how to put some magic back in the world! The fairies will thank you for it.
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Chervil: Herbs to Know and Grow | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat May 10th, 2-4pm | $14 | If you don’t know what chervil is (or tarragon or savory or marjoram or shiso or epazote) or what to do with it (and many people don’t!) you’ll want to take this class. Cathy will discuss the full range of culinary herbs available to gardeners. She’ll discuss how to grow them, how to harvest them and how to use them to enhance everything you do in the kitchen including sharing recipe ideas. Your gardening and culinary life will never be the same.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Small Trees for Urban Gardens | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 11th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Carefully selected small trees can transform an outdoor space by offering shade, softening hard scape, creating privacy and adding beauty. In this free workshop Jo will introduce you to a range of small trees that are perfect for small spaces and even containers. You’ll learn how to select the perfect trees for your space and how to grow them.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Globes | Instructor: Kate | Sunday May 11, 1-3pm | $14 + choice of globes | In this workshop a hanging basket becomes a globe and you get to plant the entire surface with succulents such as hen and chicks, stonecrops, echeveria and other succulents. You can choose between three sizes of globes and plant as many as you like. Hang them on your patio or pergola or from trees in your yard for a funky botanical installation you just don’t see everyday – except you will because they’ll be in your garden!
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POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Spring and Summer | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 17th, 10-12pm | $14 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for spring and 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 our second session: Fall and Winter.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Hardy Subtropicals | Instructor: Gary | Sat May 17th, 12-1pm | FREE* | The West Coast is blessed with a mild climate that can support numerous plants with a subtropical look. Hardy palms and hardy bananas are just the start. In this workshop Gary will introduce you to a wide range of bold and beautiful plants that will transform your garden from boring to tropicalisimo!
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CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Belinda | Sat May 17th, 2-4pm | $14 + choice of wreath | 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! We will have round and square wreaths available for you to select when you register. The plants you use are not included in the price of the workshop.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Succulent Perennials for Drama and Structure | Instructor: Gary | Sun May 18th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | There are many succulent perennials available to gardeners that provide great structure and drama in the garden and in containers. Gary will introduce you to some common and not-so-common succulent options (including plants you didn’t think you could grow) and discuss how to use them in your designs.
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KIDS SERIES | Hungry Hagrid Veggie Gardens: Grow Food to Keep Hogwarts and Half Giants Well Fed | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 18th, 1-2:30pm | $30 (Includes all plants and materials.) | Parent participation recommended for younger children. | Calling all Hogwarts House Elves to help Hagrid grow food to keep the castle fed. Harry, Ron and Hermione can’t fight Voldemort’s forces on an empty stomach! Learn all about growing your own veggies then you'll get to plant up your own pot with yummy things to feed Hagrid and the people in Hogwarts Castle.
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Subtropical Fruits for the West Coast Garden | Instructor: Larry | Sat May 24th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Did you know that you can grow citrus outside in Vancouver AND harvest fruit to eat??? Join our resident expert on everything subtropical, unusual and edible for local gardens. From hardy olives to hardy citrus, goji berries to tea, honey berries to Asian pepper, kiwis to pomegranates plus figs, bananas, kumquats and much more, Larry will fill you in on the exciting world of rare and unusual shrubs that will inspire you and your taste buds and impress cocktail party guests. Larry will chat about the range of interesting shrubs and small trees you can grow in your gardens, including their relative levels of hardiness, how to care for them and all the fun things you can do with their fruit.
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | An Edible Bounty: Secrets and Strategies for Year-Round Eating from Containers and Garden | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat May 24th, 2-4pm | $14 | This workshop will focus on the planning and planting of your edible garden and containers with fresh eating and preserving in mind. Whether in the veggie patch or in containers, Cathy will ask you first what you want to eat (including how much and how often!) and then teach you how to plan your planting to meet your culinary goals. She will introduce a variety of herbs and veggies, chat about how to grow them and then share techniques for preserving them for later eating including canning, freezing and drying. She will share some fun and easy recipes and ideas for cooking with fresh or preserved edibles. You can't eat much more locally than your own back yard! This workshop will put you on the path to success in the garden and in the kitchen!
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | How Sweet It Is: Backyard Bee Keeping and Bee-Friendly Plants | Bob Fisher, West Coast Bee Supply with Gary | Sun May 25th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Bees are some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet and they make one of the sweetest and most beloved of foods. They are also responsible for the pollination of countless crops, especially fruit trees and berry bushes. With the relaxing of by-laws in many municipalities many homeowners are now allowed to keep bees in their own backyards. Join local bee expert Bob Fisher of West Coast Bee Supply as he introduces you to the world of the honeybee and gives you some advice on the basics of backyard bee keeping. Bob will bring one of his own thriving beehives to the nursery to introduce you to the honeybee up close and personal! Then Bob and Phoenix Perennials owner, Gary, will discuss the best bee-friendly plants for the garden.
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CONTAINER SERIES/KIDS SERIES | Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds: Plant Up A Pot to Attract Wildlife to your Garden | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 25th, 1-3pm | $14 (adult or parent with child, $5 per additional child) | Parent participation required. | 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 your favourite garden wildlife. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. If you're coming to this workshop you won't want to miss the honeybee workshop earlier in the morning.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Sphere Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before! | Instructor: Belinda | Sat May 31st, 10am-12pm | $14 + sphere ($39.99) | Instead of planting up an annual hanging basket this year why not try perennials? Perennials come back year after year and will save you money on your hanging baskets. Many perennials will be happy for a number of years in a hanging basket or they can be planted in the garden their second year. In this workshop we’ll be using new moss basket planting spheres that will allow you to get creative. 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 sphere to take home with you! The cost does not include the plants you choose to plant in your sphere.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Privacy | Instructor: Gary | Sat May 31st, 2-3pm | FREE* | Whether you have good neighbours or bad you can always use a little privacy in which to unwind and relax. Yet in our urban world we often live in very close proximity with our neighbours. In this workshop Gary will present lots of different plant options to give you just the right amount of separation from the world (and the people) around you.
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June

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Tender Succulents for Botanical Intrigue | Gary | Sun June 1st, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Tender succulents offer an incredible range of crowd-pleasing shapes, sizes and colours that look fantastic in any number of different container options on their own or planted in combination. Though they are not hardy for us they can make reasonable house plants in the winter after spending the spring, summer and fall outdoors. Gary will introduce you to a wide range of fantastic succulents, talk about how to use them in your designs and how to care for them through the seasons.
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KIDS SERIES | Harry Potter Miniature Gardens | Instructor: Kate | Sun June 1st, 1-3pm | $30 (Includes all plants and materials.) | Parent participation recommended for younger children. | Calling all boy wizards and girl witches! In this workshop you'll get to plant up your own Harry Potter Garden complete with Harry, Ron and Hermione, some cool plants, a Hogwarts castle and the Black Lake! You'll get your own magic wand and a book of spells and learn some charms to keep your garden growing! Bring your best friends to have a magical good time! Recommended for children ages 4-12. A parent or guardian should be present with younger children but are not necessary for the older children.
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CONTAINER SERIES | From Garden to Vase: Knock-Out Flower Arranging for Special Occasions or Everyday | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers with Gary | Sat June 7th, 10am-12pm | $40 | Bringing flowers into the house for everyday enjoyment or designing arrangements for your special occasions such as weddings, reunions, anniversaries and other festive events is one of the joys of having a garden and growing your own flowers. In this workshop Diane Levings from Full Bloom Flowers (www.fullbloomflowers.ca) will present a wide variety of floral design options and techniques including the infinite possibilities of “bouquet” which is the basis of floral design. The workshop will also discuss great plants for cut flowers with Phoenix owner Gary Lewis, conditioning techniques, and container ideas. Each participant will design and create their own beautiful florist-quality bouquet to take home with them under Diane’s watchful eye and patient instruction.
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 7th, 2-4pm | $20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed West Restaurant in Vancouver to learn how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This guy knows how to mix a drink! Step up to David’s bar where he’ll show you how to muddle, mix, infuse, shake and stir your way to fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden all while telling you stories as only a bartender can. As you sample David’s creations Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present the different edibles used in the cocktail and discuss how to grow them in your garden. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss!
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Dynamic Grasses for Texture and Movement | Instructor: Jo | Sun June 8th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Grasses, sedges and rushes don’t necessarily have the flash of big flowers but they offer indispensible texture and movement in the garden and in containers that provide extra contrast and dynamism to your plantings. Join Jo for a foray into the wonderful world of grasses and grass-like plants. She’ll discuss the full range of grasses plus highlight options for sun and shade and how to use them in your designs.
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POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Botany for Gardeners: The Fascinating World of Plants in Your Own Backyard | Dr. Luis, PhD | Sun June 8th, 1pm-3pm | $14 | Do you ever wonder how everything fits together, where all these garden plants come from, how they’re related and why they do the things they do? Our charismatic production manager Luis is just the guy to ask. He has a PhD in botany and ecology. Luis will give you a crash course in botany, discuss plant form and function and plant ecology and introduce you to the most common plant families in our gardens. After this workshop you’ll have a new understanding and appreciation of the complexity and beauty of the botanical world that we tend in our gardens.
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | A Perfect Pickle: Flavoured Vinegars and Pickled Veggies | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat June 14th, 2-4pm | $14 | Cathy will teach you the art and skills of pickling veggies including cucumbers, carrots and beans. She will also discuss how to make flavoured vinegars with different combinations of herbs and fruit that you can use for salad vinaigrettes, spreads, sauces and marinades. Cathy will share with you some of her favourite recipes for flavoured vinegars and pickles. If you want to liven up your cooking and preserve the bounty of your garden for eating all winter long then you won’t want to miss this workshop.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Ferns for Luxurious Shade | Jo | Sun June 15th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Ferns are the best textural plants for the shade garden and offer elegance in every shade of green. Discover the quiet yet beautiful world of ferns with Jo. She’ll introduce you to the major groups of ferns and highlight some of the best species for gardens. She’ll also discuss how to use them in your designs in containers and the garden.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun June 22nd, 11am-12pm | FREE* | This is the “go big or go home” workshop. Dramatic architectural plants are integral to the garden and containers. They act as focal points to draw your eye into the garden providing exclamation points of foliage and flower. Jo will introduce you to everything big and dramatic in the world of perennials and shrubs. Your garden will never be the same once you’ve included the big, bold forms of architectural plants.
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September

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Heirloom Tomato Tasting | Instructor: Gary | Sat Sept 6th at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm (45 min each) | $14 (Tasting) + $16 (Party Mix) = $30 (Includes a 3+ pound Party Mix of heirloom tomatoes, value $16.) | 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 get to experience a rainbow of 15+ tomato varieties all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis introduce you to each tomato variety, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You’ll get to share your thoughts and take tasting notes for future tomato reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of the highest quality heirloom tomatoes grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes! The Heirloom Tomato Tastings are our most popular workshops. Please book early.
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 6th, 3:30-5:30pm | $14 | In this workshop you’ll learn about the different types of tomatoes and how to preserve them for future eating, including which methods are best for which types of tomatoes. Methods covered with include canning whole, crushed, diced and pureed tomatoes as well as how to dry them and freeze them. Cathy will also discuss the different equipment and tools and show the techniques you need to know to be successful in your kitchen. Last but not least she’ll share with you some of her favourite tomato recipes.
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POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 13th, 10am-12pm | $14 | 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 our other session on Spring and Summer.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Grasses for Fall and Winter | Jo | Sun Sept 14, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Grasses are important year-round in the garden but the warm season grasses really come into their own in the fall in the garden and containers. Jo will introduce you to the best grasses for late summer and fall and discuss which ones also provide great winter interest.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Shelley | Sat September 20th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Bulbs not included. | By fall you might be ready for a rest from the garden but do yourself one little favour before winter comes: plant some bulbs. You’ll be glad you did come spring. In this workshop you’ll meet a diverse range spring blooming bulbs for the garden and containers including many uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays in containers or small spaces. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own bulb 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. If you do not have a pot we will have a few options available for you. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the bulbs or plants you use. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the bulbs or plants you use.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 27th, 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.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour | Instructor: Jo | Sun Sept 28th, 11am | FREE* | Do you have a colourful fall garden? Or does it just turn to grey and yellow mush once the rains start? There are numerous perennials, shrubs and small trees that provide great fall foliage and flower colour. Include just a few of these plants in strategic locations in the garden and you could have a fall garden to remember and look forward to!
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October

CONTAINER SERIES/KIDS SERIES | Succulent Jack-O-Lanterns | Instructor: Kate | Sat Oct 18th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Here’s a new twist on Halloween: carve yourself a jack-o-lantern but forget the candle. Instead plant it up with cool succulents and grasses for a spooky display that will get the attention of trick or treaters. In this workshop Kate will teach you a few tricks for success with succulent jack-o-lanterns and discuss various design options. Then you’ll get to carve and plant up your very own. This workshop does not include the pumpkin or the plants you decide to use. There will be various types and sizes of pumpkins for you to choose from.
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December

Christmas workshops will be added soon.

 

Instructor Biographies

Shelley Brignall is an inspiring gardener who loves plants. She is intrigued 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 has also worked part time for Phoenix Perennials for years where she is involved in garden design as well as various educational workshops. Shelley is the creative genius behind our Recipes for a Fabulous pot.

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 many years where she has proven herself to be an expert on fragrant plants and vines among many other things. In her workshops she is greatly appreciated for her quiet nature and vast knowledge. When she's working in retail she has a knack for finding the exact plants you can't live without. Beware! She's dangerous!

Bob Fisher is a local honeybee expert and blueberry farmer. He is the owner of West Coast Bee Supply in Richmond where he sells honeybees and all of the equipment needed to keep bees in your own backyard. Bob is a salt-of-the-earth kinda guy that knows everything there is to know about honeybees. If you have questions about honeybees, Bob is your man!

Patricia Foreman loves Japanese maples, dwarf conifers and other unique shrubs which has lead to a passion for the art of pruning (or maybe a passion for pruning led her to these plants!). She is the retail manager at Phoenix Perennials.

Luis holds a PhD in botany and ecology from the University of Havana where he worked as a curator of collections at the National Botanic Garden and as a professor in the Faculty of Biology. He is passiononate about plant conservation. Luis is currently working as Phoenix Perennials' production manager.

Kate Herring is a multi-talented woman with a love for perennials and design. Kate holds a Certificate in Garden Design from UBC and is a Master Gardener. In addition to her roles in retail sales and workshop instruction at Phoenix, Kate is also one of our in-house designers for our In-Nursery Design Service. Kate is an incredibly crafty person -- watch for more and more of her creations at the nursery and for new workshops in the coming years.

Cathy Hiebert is a dynamo when it comes to growing edibles and using them in the kitchen or preserving them for later use. She learned much of what she knows from her grandmothers and mother, early experiences which has lead to a lifelong interest in the culinary bliss one can attain from doing it yourself and tasting the difference. She has years of experience teaching, working in nurseries and working for different groups and organizations to encourage local agriculture in the community. She is passionate about fresh food -- growing it, cooking it and, of course, eating it! She is excited to share her knowledge and inspire others through food.

Larry Hudson has a love of subtropicals especially if they produce something you can eat. He is an expert on all manner of cool and interesting edibles. Larry is also the facilities and mail order manager at Phoenix Perennials.

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 including doing all of the floral work for the 2014 TED Conference. She owns Full Bloom Flowers at the north end of Commercial Drive just beside Uprising Breads. She is a gentle and patient teacher who exudes quiet confidence and skill and is greatly appreciated by all of her students.

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 reigns at Phoenix Perennials and is having a great time! In 2012 he was nominated for Communicator of the Year by the BC Landscape and Nursery Association. In the same year Phoenix Perennials won the "Growing Gardeners" category in the Chrysler Garden Centre of the Year Awards recognizing our dynamic work in presenting workshops, special events, online content and other educational opportunities to excite the gardening public.

Jo Turner (Dip. Landscape Hort., Capilano College), is a Vancouver horticulturalist/gardener who has been associated with Phoenix on a part-time basis for several years. She also does design, consulting and maintenance in private gardens independently. Over the past few years Jo has offered workshops for adults and children at Phoenix on a variety of horticultural topics. Currently serving on the board of the Alpine Garden Club, she continues to be fascinated with garden design and history, garden writing and of course, plants and those who love them...

David Wolowidnyk -- Praised for his chemist-like precision, inventive twists and intriguing libations, award-winning mixologist David Wolowidnyk has amassed over two decades of professional service experience from leading bars and restaurants throughout Vancouver and the Grand Cayman Islands. He is currently the Bar Manager at West Restaurant in Vancouver. Energized by the challenge of exceeding the expectations of both his colleagues and guests, Wolowidnyk takes pleasure from seeing guests leave with memorable experiences. Among many other awards, David has won “Best Mixologist in Canada” at the National Grey Goose “Arbiter of Cool” Competition in 2007 and the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco in 2012.

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance.

Online Registration: We use 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. You do not need a PayPal account to pay. They will simply process your Visa or MC on our behalf. If you wish to register by other methods please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or visit us in person.

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. To ensure your favourite workshops go ahead please tell all your friends and bring them along. You'll have more fun that way too. Workshops are a great way to spend time with family and friends.

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.

Don't see the subject you're interested in?
Do you have an idea for a workshop? We'd love to find out what you'd like to learn about. Contact us and let us know.

 


5.

BrazelBerry Pre-Order 2014

NEW! Vaccinium 'Blueberry Glaze' -- Blueberry
'Blueberry Glaze' is the newest BrazelBerry and is unlike any other blueberry variety. With its small stature and incredibly glossy, dark green leaves, 'Blueberry Glaze' is reminiscent of a boxwood and can easily be sheared into an edible hedge. The white and pink spring flowers beautifully contrast the deep foliage colour. Small, dark (almost black) berries present in little bundles mid-summer. The small berries have intense flavour much like wild blueberries. With their deep colour, these berries pack a healthful punch with their antioxidant-rich qualities.

Add this ornamental beauty to your landscape as an accent planting or pruned into a hedge. 'Blueberry Glaze' is also perfect on the patio in decorative containers.
1.5g pot. $21.99 + GST

You can also order three other BrazelBerries:

Blueberry 'Peach Sorbet'
Blueberry
'Jelly Bean'
Raspberry 'Raspberry Shortcake'

More Information and Ordering

 

 


6.

Photo Contest Winners
Five talented photographers have won a $50 gift certificate
thanks to your votes!

Out of more than 180 beautiful garden and plant photos entered by your friends and fellow gardeners (click to view the entire Photo Album) you chose five as your favourites. Each one of the talented photographers will receive a $50 gift certificate. Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos and to everyone who voted. Start taking your pictures now for next year's contest!

Here are the five winners:

Angela B. from Richmond
Darlene M.
Britt S. from Richmond
Jill M. from Coquitlam
Louis A. from Abbotsford

Start snapping your photos for next year's contest!

 


7.

Canadian Mail Order Early Spring Catalogue
Now Online!

We are entering our second official year of offering mail order across Canada. Our mail order site is now updated with our early spring selection of hellebores and rare bareroot bulbs and rhizomes for shipping in March and April. Our full spring catalogue will come out in early April for shipping from May onwards. If you live far away and can't visit you'll definitely want to have a look!

We need your help! Canada is a big place. Please help us spread the word by telling all your gardening friends and family across the country about our Mail Order site! Forward this email to them, copy the link onto Facebook and Twitter, call them, even send carrier pigeons! Thanks in advance!.

 


8.

Charity Shopping Weekends 2014
Call for Applications

We are currently accepting applications for our Charity Shopping Weekends program.

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 has been extended to April 1st.

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9.

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.

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

For more information click here for full details

 


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