Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid March 2017

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid March 2017

Celebrating our 14th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Ok. Spring really will be here soon. We promise! It has to happen. The hellebores can't be wrong.

With spring in mind we are excited to launch our 2017 Workshop Schedule filled with 39 different sessions of learning, creativity, and fun. We have some classic favourites and some new additions this year. And if you're a beginner or intermediate gardener don't miss our free Gardening 101 series to fill in your knowledge and build your confidence.

Also looking to spring we felt you needed something tantalizing so we have produced a New Plant Catalogue for 2017 filled with most of the new plants we'll have this year. There are lots of sexy and exciting plants so do beware.

We are excited to have recently launched our mail order site for 2017. This year it includes more than 850 amazing gardening plants for Canadian gardeners. Take a look. If you're local you can note your favourites and email us your list. We'll let you know when these plants are ready.

Voting is on for our annual Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest. If you need inspiration, be sure to visit our photo album and vote for your favourites. Details are below.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Workshops 2017 -- Get confident. Have fun. Make life beautiful.
2. New Plant Catalogue -- Take a look at many of the exciting new plants we'll have at Phoenix this year.
3. Five Pre-Orders for 2017 -- Citrus, Clematis, Rare Vines, Passionflowers, Mighty Matos, 'Ketchup 'n' Fries', BrazelBerries, and Magnolias! Come and get it!
4. The Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest -- $500 in Prizes! Win One of Ten $50 Gift Certificates -- Time to vote for your favourites.
5. From the Alerts -- Fragrance for early Spring

 


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. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Date
Event Description
April 1st Phoenix Perennials selling plants at the Alpine Club of BC Plant Sale, VanDusen Floral Hall, Saturday April 1st, 12-4pm
April 16th The Great Easter Plant Hunt: An Easter "egg" hunt for gardeners - Easter Sunday April 16th, 2017, 10 am SHARP!
April 20th Gary speaking to Nature Vancouver on "Kangaroo Paws and Grass Trees: The Spring Flora of Western Australia"
April 26th Gary speaking to the Richmond Garden Club on "Sizzling Succulents"
May 5-7 May Maple Mania at Phoenix Perennials
May 13-14 Mothers' Day Weekend Free Lily for Moms
May 16th Gary speaking tot he Vancouver Rose Society on "Avoiding the Summer Doldrums"
June 3-4 "The Sense of the Garden" - Art Show by Gwen Dirks at Phoenix
June 23-25 Phoenix Perennials selling plants at the Hardy Plant Group Study Weekend in Victoria
August 23-24 Gary speaking at the FarWest trade show in Portland, Oregon on "Hot New Plants" and "Groupon or Coupon"
September 6th Gary speaking to the Seed to Sky Garden Club on "Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World"
December 1-3 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 1-3 | 10am - 3pm |

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

Easter Sunday April 16th, 2017
10 am SHARP!

Thousands of dollars in prizes to be won!

View a YouTube Video of a Previous Easter Hunt!

Mark your Calendars!

 

 

Phoenix Perennials Mail Order
Making Canadian Gardeners Happy from Coast to Coast to Coast!

We are proud to launch our fifth year of Mail Order across Canada with our largest selection ever: 850+ 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 cool garden plants are just a few clicks away!


 

Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

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!

 

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JOIN OUR ALERTS: In addition to our regular e-newsletter we have 15 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, Small Space Gardening, and Kids. Learn More About Alerts.
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Workshops and Seminars 2017

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2017 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 39 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners plus lots of exciting hands on projects. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

SPECIAL 10% OFF EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
UNTIL FRIDAY APRIL 7th, 2017!
Use the Promo Code: LEARN2017.
Available for online registrations only.

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

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

GARDENING 101 SERIES - Our 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.
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES- This series focuses on all the amazing things you can grow in and eat from your garden.
CONTAINER SERIES
- We've got the hottest container ideas for you with workshops that will help you achieve cool installations to grace your patio and garden.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

February

CONTAINER SERIES | Hellebore Containers to Die For | Kate | Sat Feb. 25th at the Hellebore Hurrah!, 1-3pm | $14 | This fun, hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels will teach you how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers for the early spring season centred around the Lenten rose. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous container. Instructor: Kate Herring

 

April

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning for Dummies | Patricia | Sat April 8, 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 9, 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.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Spring Colour and Fragrance | Kate | Sat April 15, 10-11am | FREE* | Frequently success in the garden comes down to choosing the best-performing plants. This session will focus on the best plants for your spring garden to add colour and fragrance for years to come. For a full year of top plants sign up for Summer session and our Fall and Winter session.
   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Urban Oasis: Strategies to Create Your Gorgeous Balcony or Small Space Garden | Kate | Sun April 16, 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.

   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Clematis and Vines for All Seasons | Belinda | Sat April 22, 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 22, 1-2pm | FREE* | There are many dimensions to a beautiful garden. The most important is the visual dimension. But after that the thing that can really take a garden to the next level is working with the olfactory dimension. Belinda is our Queen of Fragrance. She will introduce you to all of her favourites for delicious scent all year long for garden and patio.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Perennials | Jo | Sun April 23, 10-11am | 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 | Master the Basics of Shrubs and Small Trees for Beauty and Privacy | Jo | Sun April 23, 12-1pm | 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!
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets | Kate | Sat April 29, 10am-12pm | $20 (Includes 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 | Safe Gardening with Cats and Dogs | Eve and Gary | Sat April 29, 1-2pm | FREE* | Dogs and cats love a good romp in the garden and to connect with plants and greenery. Generally speaking, the yard is a very safe place for pets but there are a few considerations to keep your furry friends safe related to training, plant choice, and monitoring your pets as they interact with the outdoors.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens | Kate | Sun April 30, 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.
   
Beautiful Simplified Gardens: Create a Lower Maintenance Yard | Jo | Sun April 30th, 2-4pm | $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.

 

May

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning Maples for Dummies at May Maple Mania | Patricia | Sat May 6, 10-11am | 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.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Citrus & Other Subtropical Fruit for Coastal Gardens & Patios | Larry | Sat May 6, 12-1pm | 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 honey berries to Asian peppers, 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/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Grow Your Own Tea | Gary | Sat May 6, 2-3pm | FREE* | Did you know you can grow your own tea plants right here in coastal BC? Camellia sinensis, where all tea comes from, is a beautiful, hardy, evergreen shrub that grows well in our gardens. Learn the basics about how to grow your own tea plants in the garden or in containers and how to harvest and cure your tea leaves to make your own tea.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Xeriscape Gardening: Drought Tolerant Plants and Water-Saving Techniques | Jo | Sun May 7, 11am-12pm | FREE* | With climate change, our summers are supposed to get warmer and drier. We've already seen some really hot, dry summers in recent years with water restrictions. 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.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The World of Maples | Doug Justice, Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden | Sun May 7, 1-2pm | FREE* | The Japanese maples commonly available to the gardening community, while lovely, poorly represent the astounding diversity and breathtaking beauty of this most useful group of small trees. Doug is an expert on maples. At this workshop he will wax poetic about the beauty and diversity of Japanese and related maples and then get practical and talk about growing them in the garden and containers. 
   

CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Containers & Centrepieces to Die For | Kate | Sun May 7, 3-5pm | $14 | Learn about the wide range of succulents available to you and how to combine them to make smashing plant combinations. Then plant them up into an amazing container 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.

   

CONTAINER SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Edible Containers to Die For: Ornamental Displays that Taste Great | Kate | Sat May 13, 10am-12pm | $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.

   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: Mix Drinks with Ingredients from Your Garden | David Wolowidnyk, Botanist Restaurant with Gary | Sat May 13, 2-4pm | $14 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk formerly of West and CinCin Restaurants and now with the exciting new restaurant Botanist. David will teach you 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!
   

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sun May 14, 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.

   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Gary | Sun May 14, 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 | Succulent Installations: Chicks and Chicken Wire | Kate | Sat May 20, 10am-12pm | $14 | Are you ready to get really creative with succulents? This workshop will have you creating your own "container" or "planting pillow" out of chicken wire. It could be a hanging cone or a free form shape to place on your stairs or along a wall or on a tree or any shape you can imagine. Then you'll get to plant your "planter" up with your choice of cool succulents. Before you come, think about where you'd like to install your succulent installation and, if you can, take a picture of and measure the spot and bring those details with you.

 
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Success with Succulents | Gary | Sun May 20, 1-2pm | FREE* | Gary, the head Phoenician, has hundreds of succulents in his personal collection and is the guy to chat with about caring for your own succulents. This session will focus on borderline hardy and non-hardy succulents including Echeveria, Agave, Dyckia, Kalanchoe, Senecio, Euphorbia, and more. Gary will introduce these different types of succulents and chat about caring for these beautiful plants throughout the year.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Save the Pollinators!: Support Bees, Butterflies, & Hummingbirds | Jo | Sun May 21, 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.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun May 21, 12-1pm | 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.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Make Your Own Hypertufa Container or Trough | Kate | Sun May 28, 10am-12pm (Make container) & Sun June 11, 10-11am (Optional plant up)  | $45 | 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.

 

June

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Summer Colour | Kate | Sun June 4, 11am-12pm | 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 Spring session and our Fall and Winter session.

 

Fall and Winter Workshops

September

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall & Winter | Kate | Sun Sept 10, 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 Spring and Summer sessions.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Discover the World of Bulbs | Jo | Sun Sept 17, 11am-12pm | 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 | Best Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 24, 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 24, 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! This workshop includes your soil, stones, and decorative glass but does not include the container or the plants you'll include. We'll have lots of containers and plants on hand to choose from.

 

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sun 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.

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Fri Dec 1, 1-3pm | $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 Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 2, 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 2, 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 Picture Frame Wreaths | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 (Includes frame. All frames will be different and may not resemble the one pictured.) | Christmas time is about memories. Picture frames are about holding and celebrating memories. We'll combine this idea of the picture frame with the techniques of wreath making to make a beautiful and unique Christmas decoration for your garden or home for the holiday season. |

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 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

 

Instructor Biographies

Visit our Workshop page for biographies.

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance. Workshops cannot run without a minimum of 5 people so please book early and bring your friends.

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 5 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.

 


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New Plant Catalogue 2017
Shiny, Snazzy, Sexy, Cutting Edge Plants for a New Gardening Season

We thought it would be fun to put together a catalogue of most of the new plants we'll have at the nursery this year. Well, it's probably about 80% of the new plants. There will be many more than what you see here. But still, this catalogue includes many, many snazzy and wonderful new introductions. Take a look! But remember: most are in production right now and won't be ready until late April or May. So email us the plants you want to info at phoenixperennials.com and we'll add you to the Wish List and email you when they are ready.

Download Catalogue

And if you're really gung ho, here's our Full Plant List for 2017.

 


3.

Five Pre-Orders for Your 2017 Garden

We are very excited about our 2017 pre-orders. Place your orders now to lock in for some the hottest and most desired plants of the season.

Our pre-orders are a convenient way to acquire the plants that you desire in advance from the comfort of your own home and to be able to better plan your garden. For us at Phoenix Perennials it really helps us to gauge interest and adjust our growing and our orders up or down so we have the right number of plants on hand to meet your gardening wants and needs. Cheers!

The Great Hardy Citrus (& Friends)
Pre-Order

Grow your own citrus outside in coastal BC plus grow an even wider selection with a little winter protection.

Choose from 31 different Citrus including 5 that you can grow outside year round like the 'Owari' satsuma.

More Info and Order

 

The Clematis Conundrum
2017 Pre-Order

No garden or patio is complete without the Queen of the Vines. But how do you select between the best cultivars? How do you find the one clematis you've been looking for for years? Or maybe you want to discover a cultivar you never knew you needed until now! It can be a real CONUNDRUM!

We have a huge selection of the best and most unique Clematis, passionflowers, and rare vines available through our Clematis Conundrum Pre-Order for pick-up at the nursery in late April 2017! Now you can find that perfect clematis (or vine) all in one place and with ease!

View All the Clematis and Vines
and Get More Info

Mighty Mato, 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Grafted Veggie Pre-Order

SAVE $2 Per Plant: Due to inflation, the US dollar, and other cost increases, the retail price of Mighty Matos, Mighty Melons and Mighty Veggies will be going up to $16.99 for on-site sales at the nursery this spring. We are holding the price at $14.99 for this pre-order. Please order online now to secure this savings.

Welcome to our exciting grafted vegetable pre-order where you can pre-plan your 2017 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with the most cutting edge edibles available. Pre-orders allow you to secure the exact plants you desire and allow us at Phoenix Perennials to make sure we have exactly what you want. If you're planning on growing these grafted veggies in 2017 please pre-order. Last year we had a number of people who missed out on some of the most popular varieties and said "we should have booked in advance."

More Info

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. In 2016 an improved grafting method lead to much better crops of potatoes than in 2015 with a few pounds per plant.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' Tomtato (Improved) -- Hundreds of delicious, super sweet cherry tomatoes on top and a few pounds of yummy potatoes just below the soil! This year an improved grafting process should ensure more reliable and larger crops of potatoes than in 2015. Tomatoes and potatoes are closely related. They are grafted by hand and grow happily together as the revolutionary 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. Double your production of edibles from the same space. Great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 1g pot, 24.99 + GST

 

Mighty Mato Grafted Tomatoes consist of 17 different desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties hand-grafted onto super strong tomato rootstock that confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in up to 2-3 times more tomatoes per plant than ungrafted plants! Heirloom tomatoes that are sometimes shy in their yields produce like never before. Cool modern varieties also produce extra large yields.

 

Mighty Melons and Mighty Veggies consist of 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.

More Info

 

Brazelberry Pre-Order

Brazelberries are one of the hottest edible items for gardens and patios. They are dwarf berry bushes (five blueberries, one raspberry, and the new dwarf, thornless blackberry 'Baby Cakes') 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, raspberries, and blackberries 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! Rubus 'Baby Cakes' -- Blackberry -- 'Baby Cakes' is a dwarf, thornless blackberry producing large, delicious berries in midsummer and, in cool summer regions like the west coast, again in fall. Plants have a rounded growth habit reaching 3-4 feet tall and wide. They will grow perfectly in a large container or are the right scale for planting in small space gardens. Plants ripen fruit gradually over a long period with both ripe black and unripe red fruits on the plant at the same time creating an ornamental display. Pure white flowers are borne in spring.

You can also order six other BrazelBerries:

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

More Info

 

 

Magnificent Magnolia Pre-Order

There is hardly anything more breathtaking in the world of spring-flowering trees than the large, dramatic, almost tropical-looking flowers of Magnolias bursting forth in shades of white, pink, fucshia, and yellow. We are pleased to offer a special selection of rare and unusual Magnolia cultivars, seven in starter sizes allowing gardeners with a little patience to acquire some magnificent plants at a great price and one in a larger size.

'Black Tulip' 'Blushing Belle' 'Cameo'

'Judy Zuk' 'Genie' 'Sunsation'

'Cleopatra' 'Vulcan'

More Info

 

 


4.

The Fourth Annual
Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest

Vote for Your Favourites
$500 in Prizes!!!

The entry period has now closed and all the photos are uploaded. Please visit the album to see the beautiful photos contributed by your fellow gardeners and vote for your favourites. Voting runs until March 31st.

View the full photo album of entries

$500 in gift certificates will be awarded to 10 lucky gardeners. Five $50 gift certificates will be awarded to the photos with the most likes, shares and comments on Facebook. The other five $50 gift certificates will be awarded to Gary's favourite photos so even if you don't have a lot of Facebook friends you can still win.

Above are some photos from last year's winners.

Help us choose the winners for this year!

 


5.

From the Alerts

Check out some of the recent subject-based Alerts we've sent out. Are you getting them? Some we include here in the E-Newsletter and others only Alert subscribers receive.

NEW! We've created two new Alerts for small space gardeners and rare plant enthusiasts.

The Small Space Alert - Do you garden on a balcony, patio or postage stamp backyard? Subscribe to this occasional Alert to learn about plants, pots, and other paraphernalia that would be perfect to maximize your small space.

The Rare Plant Alert - Are you a sophisticated gardener? Always looking for the rare and unusual? You'll be the first (and perhaps only) one to know about rare plants (often available only in small quantities) so you can get them first!

To subscribe as a new subscriber or to add Alerts to your existing profile, click on Update Profile at the bottom of this email.

 


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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

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February 24th to October 29th, 2017
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