Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: March 2016

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

March 2016

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

We are open for the 2016 season and year 13 of Phoenix Perennials. My how time flies! Catch every day from 10am-5pm from now until Halloween.

The Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend was a great success. Have a look at the various photo albums from the weekend. If you missed out, don't despair. We have lots of beautiful hellebores left! Come see them.

We are excited to launch our busiest and most exciting workshop season ever with 51 different sessions in 2016. And don't miss our free Gardening 101 seminars and our equally free Young Sprouts Kids Club workshops. It's always more fun with a friend or family member. You know what else is fun? Saving money. Until March 31st we're offering an early bird registration discount of 10%. It could add up. Use the promo code listed below.

We are also excited to launch our 2016 Mail Order site with 800 amazing garden plants for Canadian gardeners. Please share it with your friends and family across the country and help us get the word out.

Our annual Photo Contest is ready for voting. You could help a worthy photographer win one of five $50 gift certificates. As you're voting you'll get inspired by all the beautiful garden and plant images. Take a look at vote! View the Contest Album. You can also vote for them when you are there. And please enter. We'd love to see your photos!

If edibles are your thing, we've got you covered on the hottest items this year including grafted edibles including 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Mighty Matos, plus BrazelBerries, Pixie Grapes, and the hardy 'Owari' satsuma mandarin orange.

Or if you like vines don't miss the Clematis Conundrum Pre-Sale of 80 of the best and most distinctive clematis varieties plus three new hardy passion flowers.

Last but not least, our annual Great Easter Plant Hunt is coming up Easter Sunday March 27th. Be there or be less fun than you could be.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

Awesome Edible
Pre-Sales

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

More Info

The Great Easter Plant Hunt
An Easter "egg" hunt for gardeners

Easter Sunday March 27th, 2016 10 am SHARP!
Thousands of dollars in prizes to be won!

View a YouTube Video of a Previous Easter Hunt!

Mark your Calendars!

 

The Clematis Conundrum
Pre-Sale

Select from 80 Different Clematis
and 3 Hardy Passion Flowers!

More Info

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Pics from the Hellebore Hurrah! -- Much fun and frolic went on amongst the hellebores at our opening weekend. Check out the photo albums. If you missed out there are lots of hellebores still available!

2. Workshops and Seminars 2016 -- Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful. Welcome to our 2016 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered with 51 different sessions! Don't miss the Early Bird Registration Discount!
3. Canadian Mail Order List Launched: 800 Amazing Garden Plants for Canadian Gardeners -- We are excited to launch our 2014 Mail Order offerings.
4. Vote for your Favourite Photos from the Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest: Help a worthy photographer win one of five $50 gift certificates.
5. Awesome Edible Pre-Sales for 2016: Grafted Tomatoes & Veggies, Pixie Grapes, BrazelBerries, 'Owari' Satsuma - It's time to organize your edible growing season with some of the hottest edibles availabe now by pre-sale.
6. The Clematis Conundrum Pre-Sale -- So many clematis, so little time and space! Peruse our huge selection of clematis and pre-order your favourites.

 


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 27
The Great Easter Plant Hunt: An Easter "Egg" Hunt for Gardeners
10am SHARP!

 

The Great Easter Plant Hunt
An Easter "egg" hunt for gardeners

Easter Sunday March 27th, 2016
10 am SHARP!

Thousands of dollars in prizes to be won!

View a YouTube Video of a Previous Easter Hunt!

Mark your Calendars!

 

 

 

Garden Tour
Gardens of New Zealand
January 22-February 2, 2017

Join alumni UBC and tour leaders Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis and Gardening 101 Radio Show host Jeff de Jong to see the gardens, flora, scenery and culture of New Zealand.

THE TRIP IS NOW 3/4 SOLD OUT. REGISTER SOON IF YOU'D LIKE TO GO!

More Info

 

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE EXCITING WORLD OF PHOENIX PERENNIALS
JOIN OUR ALERTS: In addition to our regular e-newsletter we have 14 different occasional Alerts on a variety of topics: Edibles, Hot Plants, Living Sculptures (Succulents and more), Made in the Shade, Hardy Subtropicals, Sales, Native Plants, Hellebores, Clematis and Vines, Maples and Cool Woodies, Mail Order, Christmas, Fragrance and Kids. Learn More About Alerts.
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1.

Pics from the Hurrah!
Check out these photo albums of the goings on at the last weekend's Hellebore Hurrah! Our beautiful Recipes are still looking great. Come see them in person. And we still have lots of beautiful hellebores available.


View the Photo Album of this Recipe

 


View the Photo Album of this Recipe

 


View the Photo Album of this Recipe

 


View the Photo Album of the Hellebore Greenhouse

 


View the Photo Album of the Workshop

 


View the Photo Album of #AgathaTheAgave Adorned with Hellebores

 


 


2.

Workshops & Seminars 2016

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2016 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering one of the largest workshop schedules in our region with 51 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our Young Sprouts Kids Club. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

SPECIAL 10% OFF EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT UNTIL MARCH 31st, 2016!
Use the Promo Code: LEARN2016.
Only available for online registrations made before the deadline.

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.
REGISTER NOW

April

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning for Dummies | Patricia | Sat April 9, 10am-11pm | 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.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Foundations of a Healthy Garden | Kate | Sun April 10, 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.
   

CONTAINER SERIES | Spring Wreaths | Kate | Sun April 10, 1-3pm | $40 | Wreaths aren't just for Christmas anymore. They make great decorations in the garden year-round. Why not in spring? Join Kate to create your beautiful and creative spring-themed wreath and bring in the season with a little cheer.

   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Clematis and Vines for All Seasons | Belinda | Sat April 16, 11am-12pm | 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.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Fragrance for Garden & Patio | Belinda | Sat April 16, 1-2pm | FREE* | Belinda is our Queen of Fragrance. She will introduce you to all of her favourites for delicious aromas all year long for garden and patio.
   
YOUNG SPROUTSKIDS CLUB | Seeds! | Kate | Sun April 17, 10-11am | FREE* | Explore the magical miracles of seeds. We'll learn all about what a seed is, the anatomy of a seed, and how a seed germinates and grows into a plant that will in turn produce more seeds. There will be drawing, planting of seeds, and little pots to take home to watch your seeds grow. Don't miss out on the fun!
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Perennials | Jo | Sun April 17, 12-1pm | 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!
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Urban Oasis: Strategies to Create Your Gorgeous Balcony or Small Space Garden | Kate | Sun April 17, 2-3pm | 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.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Belinda | Sat April 23, 10am-12pm | $54 (Includes 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.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Waterwise Gardening: Drought Tolerant Plants and Water-Saving Techniques | Jo | Sun April 24, 11am-12pm | FREE* | With climate change our summers are supposed to get warmer and drier. What does that mean for your garden? Jo will introduce you to all kinds of perennials and shrubs that will thrive in hot, dry conditions as well as water-saving gardening techniques.
   
Sensational Simplified Gardens: Save Time and Energy with these Planting Strategies | Jo | Sun April 24th, 1-3pm | $14 | 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.

   
CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets | Kate | Sat April 30, 10am-12pm | $20 (Incl. basket) | Take perennials into the unknown and plant them in hanging baskets. 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! Perennials in hanging baskets will often perform for many years. When they outgrow their space you can plant them in the garden. You'll save tons of money versus annual hanging baskets. Cost includes potting mix, moss, and a wire hanging basket.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Citrus & Other Subtropical Fruit for Coastal Gardens | Larry | Sat April 30, 1-2pm | FREE* | 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.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning Maples for Dummies at May Maple Mania | Patricia | Sat April 30, 1-2pm | FREE* | To prune or not to prune and, if you do, how do you do it? Join our resident pruning guru, Patricia, for a hands on chat and demonstration on what to do when you stand in front of your Japanese maple and channel your inner zen master with a set of secateurs in hand.

 

May

YOUNG SPROUTSKIDS CLUB | Soil! - Creepy Crawlies and All | Kate | Sun May 1, 10-11am | FREE* | Soil is integral to the lives of plants feeding them with the nutrients they need to grow. Soil is also alive with tons of worms, insects and microorganisms that makes soil a dynamic and exciting place for exploring. We'll discuss the role of soils in healthy gardens and then each child will make a soil mobile to take home.
   
Succulent Bouquets and Corsages | Kate | Sun May 1, 1-3pm | $14 (Succulents not included.) | Succulents can seemingly go anywhere and do anything. So why not make them into a bouquet? Or how about a corsage? Just one week before Mothers' Day, this workshop is perfectly timed for you to create a perfect present for that special woman in your life.
   

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Instructor: Kate | Sat May 7, 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. 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.

Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. We will have a range of options available if you don't have your own pot. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

   

CONTAINER SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Edible Containers to Die For: Ornamental Displays that Taste Great | Kate | Sat May 7, 1-3pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners who want to grow edibles in containers that are beautiful and productive all at the same time. After some discussion of different edibles and some practical and design instruction, each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous edible 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. We will have a range of options available if you don't have your own pot. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Shrubs and Small Trees for Beauty and Privacy | Jo | Sun May 8, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Shrubs, small trees and bamboo are integral parts 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 these useful plants, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success. We will present the best shrubs, small trees and bamboos for city gardens and patios, emphasize multi-season interest, and highlight the best plants for different times of year plus the best strategies for using these woody plants for privacy. We’ll also discuss their selection, planting and ongoing care. 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!
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Gary | Sun May 8, 1-2pm | FREE* | Tomatoes are the most beloved of all garden edibles because no tomato tastes better than one grown in your own garden. Come have all your tomato questions answered such as modern vs. heirlooms, grafted vs ungrafted, the best cultivars for our climate, and how to successfully grow tons of delicious tomatoes in pots and the garden.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens | Kate | Sat May 14, 10am-12pm | $20 | Kokedama is the Japanese art of bundling the roots of a plant into an ornamental mossy ball, wrapping it with string, and hanging it up for decoration in the house, patio or garden. These intriguing botanical spheres can transform an area with beauty and whimsy. Kate will discuss perennials and shrubs that are suitable for Japanese string gardens as well as how to care for them. Then you'll select your own plants and make up your own! The plants you choose to use are not included. All other materials are included in the price of the workshop.

 
YOUNG SPROUTSKIDS CLUB | Fun with Edible Plants | Kate | Sun May 15, 10-11am | FREE* | Kids who grow their own food have been shown in various studies to eat a wider variety of healthy foods, to be more active, and to lead healthier lives as adults. We know you want that for your children. Obviously then one of the best things you can do as a parent is get into a garden with them to grow edibles. In this workshop, Kate will introduce them to the exciting world of edible plants and teach them the basics of growing their own. Then they'll get to plant up a veggie to take home with them. You might want to listen in!
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Best of the Best for the West Coast Garden: Spring and Summer | Kate | Sun May 15, 1-2pm | FREE* | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for spring and summer? Kate 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.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Subtropical Containers to Die For | Gary | Sat May 21, 10am-12pm | $14 | There's nothing like hardy subtropicals to add "wow" factor to any garden. Now how about concentrating it into one smashingly dramatic container for a big impact in the garden? Gary will introduce a wide range of hardy subtropicals, chat about their care, and then discuss how to use them in containers. You'll then get to plant up your subtropical masterpiece to take home with you!
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Dynamic Garden: The Importance of Texture and Movement | Jo | Sun May 22, 1-2pm | FREE* | Discover two of the most important, yet lesser known, traits for gardens that can elevate them from beautiful to extraordinary. Foliage texture from grasses, ferns and other perennials plus the movement of these plants in the breeze can add incredible visual dynamism to containers and gardens. Take your garden to the next level!
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Make Your Own Hypertufa Container or Trough | Kate | Sat May 28, 10am-12pm (Make container) & Sat June 11, 10-11am (Optional plant up)  | $40 | You've heard of container gardening. How about making your own container? This class will teach you how to make your own hypertufa container or trough. Now that's a sense of accomplishment to be enjoyed for years to come. Because hypertufa containers need time to dry and cure, you'll leave your container with us after the workshop then return to pick it up later. If you can make it two weeks later on June 11th Kate will lead you in a workshop to plant up your new container with treasures from the nursery.
   
YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Wildlife in the Garden: Bees, Birds & Butterflies! | Kate | Sun May 29, 10-11am | FREE* | There's nothing more fun than experiencing nature in the garden, especially bees, birds and butterflies. We'll explore all the creatures than can make a home in the garden, how to encourage them with plants and habitat, and why they are important for the health of the garden. Then we'll get to make animal masks to take home.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Support Bees, Butterflies, & Hummingbirds | Jo | Sun May 29, 12-1pm | FREE* | In this workshop you'll learn about how to attract butterflies, honeybees, native bees, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects into your garden and how to support them once they're there with food plants and habitat to keep them well fed and sheltered.

 

June

CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Containers & Centrepieces to Die For | Kate | Sat June 4, 10am-12pm | $14 | Learn about the wide range of succulents available to you and then plant them up into a smashing combination to adorn your patio or as a centrepiece for your patio table.

Please bring your own pot if you have one in mind. Otherwise we will have some options on hand.

   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun June 14th, 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.

 

September

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tomato Tastings at The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Gary | Sat Sept 10, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm | $30 (Includes a Party Mix of Tomatoes | 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 will 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.
   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Best of the Best for the West Coast Garden: Fall & Winter | Kate | Sun Sept 11, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Kate 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.

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Harvest Time! | Kate | Sun Sept 18, 10-11am | FREE* |Fall is a time of bountiful harvests when farmers and gardeners alike are bringing in their crops after the spring and summer growing season. Our Young Sprouts will explore this time of year, talk about where all these harvests came from, and how they are so important for our lives. Then they'll get to make their own veggie people!

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Discover the World of Bulbs | Jo | Sun Sept 18, 12-1pm | FREE* | 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 of 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.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 25, 11am-12pm | 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!

 

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Terrariums to Bring the Outdoors In | Kate | Sun Sept 25, 1-3pm | $20 | It's time to bring back terrariums! These miniature gardens inside glass vessels are perfect decorations for inside the house year round. We'll have a variety of succulents, ferns, air plants, venus fly traps, and sundews for you to combine with coloured mosses, stones, and glass pebbles. The rest is up to you! Kate will instruct you on the ins and outs of designing and caring for the miniature gardens inside your terrariums. Then you'll get to do up your own!

 

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sat Oct 1, 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. You'll get to plant up and take home your 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. We will have a range of options available if you don't have your own pot. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Why do leaves change colour? and other questions about fall | Kate | Sun Oct 2, 10-11am | FREE* | Fall is a fun time of year when leaves turn colour and fall. But why? We'll explore the changes we see in the garden and what that means for the plants, animals, birds, and insects that make the garden their home. Then we'll make a fun craft with colourful leaves to take home! Bring some pretty leaves with you or we'll provide some.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Preparing the Garden for Winter | Jo | Sun Oct 2, 1-2pm | FREE* | Guarantee success next season by putting your garden to bed for winter just right. Jo will discuss plant life cycles and how to help them prepare for and survive winter dormancy. She will discuss microclimates, mulch, strategies for protecting less hardy plants, and maintaining winter habitat for pollinators.

 

 

CONTAINER SERIES | Fall Wreaths | Kate | Sat Oct 8, 10am-12pm | $45 | Wreaths aren't just for Christmas or summer succulents. They can also make for a gorgeous fall display to adorn your home and garden. In this workshop you'll be presented with a variety of dried berries and flowers, corn husks, greenery, gourds, miniature pumpkins and more. Then you'll create your very own just in time for Thanksgiving! If you like, you can bring some materials from your home garden to include in your wreath. Look for dried flowers, berries and other autumnal interest.

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | The Magic of Bulbs | Kate | Sun Oct 16, 10-11am | FREE* | Inside the brown and white bulbs, corms and rhizomes available in fall are little plants with beautiful flowers ready to pop out in spring and give us a beautiful display. Why do some plants form these little structures and others not? Learn about the magic of bulbs then plant up your own pot of bulbs to take home for spring!

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container | Fri Dec 2nd-Sun December 4th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax (Includes one budded/blooming hellebore and all the fixings.) | Come any time during the weekend and set yourself up at our self-serve craft tables. Select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay pot or a festive metal container and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. A trusty Phoenician will be nearby if you need help.

This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home at Christmas or for gifts for friends and family at Christmas parties and gatherings. You'll probably want to do a few of them and you'll probably want to bring a friend.

   
THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Hellebore in a Handbag | Kate | Fri Dec 2nd, 1-3pm | $45 (Includes purse and hellebore) | It's come to this, fellow gardeners. We're going to Hellebore in a Handbag for Christmas! With this unique project we'll plant up a Christmas rose in a moss purse with some friends & add festive winter greens. Last year I wasn't sure how our many (female) attendees were going to be able to fit any additional plants into their purses with such a large gorgeous hellebore. Somehow I underestimated everyone's ability to stuff their purses full of all manner of necessities!
   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

Our popular wreath-making workshop is a great chance to spend quality time with friends and family while accomplishing a great project to lift your spirits through the short days of winter.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.

 

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Bird's Nest Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 3, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | This class for advanced wreath-makers or ambitious beginners takes what we normally do in the our original wreath making workshop and builds on it with more creativity including nesting a potted hellebore within your wreath that looks like an adorable birds nest with white birds (hellebore flowers) peaking out.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 4, 10am-12pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | Here's another way to bring a hellebore inside for Christmas cheer - as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. You'll create a beautiful ring of winter foliage centred with a beautiful hellebore that you can plant in your garden in winter or spring. You can also use this centrepiece as a decoration for an outdoor table where it will bloom for months, often well into April!

Registration includes all materials and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 4, 1-3pm | $20 | 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. Kate will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens.

 

 

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.
REGISTER NOW

 


3.

Canadian Mail Order Catalogue Launched for 2016!
800 Amazing Garden Plants for Canadian Gardeners

We are proud to launch our fourth year of Mail Order across Canada with our largest selection ever: 800 amazing garden plants including many rare and cutting edge plants you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

Help Us Get the Word Out: We need your help to get the word out across this great (and very large) country of ours. Please forward this email to all your friends and family across the country to let them know that if they can't visit us in BC, we can ship to them anywhere in Canada!


 


4.

The Third Annual
Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PHOTOS!
Winners will receive one of five $50 gift certificates!

Tons of gorgeous images have come in this year. Have a look at 125 beautiful photos from your fellow gardeners and vote for your favourites (using likes, comments and shares). The winning photographers will receive one of five $50 gift certificates! Voting closes March 20th, 2016!

Get Out the Vote! Here's the Contest Photo Album

 


5.

Awesome Edible Pre-Sales for 2016

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

Our popular pre-sales allow you to shop from the comfort of your own home and secure the hottest and most beautiful new plants for your garden. Pre-sales also help us at Phoenix Perennials to plan in advance and provide the right number of plants for our valued customers and fellow gardeners so that everyone receives all of the garden bliss that they desire.

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

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

Full Descriptions and Ordering

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

 

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

 

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

Full Descriptions and Ordering

 

 

Pixie Grape Pre-Order

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

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

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

More Information and Ordering

 

 

Brazelberry Pre-Order 2016

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

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

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

Perpetua has smallish berries that are mild and sweet.

1.5g pot. $24.99 + GST

 

You can also order five other BrazelBerries:

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

More Information and Ordering

 

 

'Owari' Satsuma Mandarin Hardy Citrus Pre-Sale

Grow your own satsuma mandarins outside in coastal BC and harvest your delicious fruit at Christmas time!

Citrus reticulata ‘Owari’ is a satsuma mandarin orange that is hardy outdoors in coastal BC! Plants form lush, tropical-looking, evergreen shrubs to 5-8 ft tall, bloom with white, incredibly fragrant flowers, and produce excellent crops of sweet, juicy, seedless fruit just like you buy in boxes at the supermarket but these you can pick off your very own tree at Christmas time!

More Info and Order

 


6.

Select from 80 Different Clematis
and 3 Hardy Passion Flowers!

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

 


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One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada.

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

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


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