Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants
 

E-Newsletter: March 2010

 

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
March 2010

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

We are now OPEN full time seven days a week, 10am-5pm for the 2010 season!

Spring is in full swing in our gardens and at the nursery. Our production staff are in the middle of potting up 30,000 pots of pure botanical bliss from around the world for your gardening enjoyment. Our retail staff are busily putting together our retail side, building our displays and receiving plant shipments from our favourite suppliers. It's an exciting time and I must say, Phoenix Perennials feels better than ever. We're going to have a great year!

Thank you to everyone who came to the Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend. It was a great success filled with thousands of hellebores and hundreds of hellebore enthusiasts keen to see the promise of spring. If you couldn't make it or still need more hellebores there are lots of gorgeous plants still available at the nursery. In fact, the display area looks like the Hellebore Hurrah! Version 2.

In this issue we announce our Rare Bulb Sale for those looking for botanical intrigue. For those looking for fun we have The Great Easter Plant Hunt: An easter "egg" hunt for gardeners. Two new events are also accounced: The Clematis Conundrum... and May Maple Mania. You won't want to miss these exciting events! Nor will you want to miss our 2010 workshops. In all there are 22 workshops including six new offerings.

Also in this article you'll find our new 2010 collectible t-shirt, some upcoming speaking engagements, and a reprint of an article on the nursery from this month's issue of Greenhouse Canada magazine, a leading industry magazine.

Don't forget to join our Facebook Fan Page. I have recently posted images of the Mayne Island Japanese Garden, the Vancouver Medallion Hellebores at Prospect Point, the Hellebore Hurrah! and the Phoenix Perennials cross country mogul course. As the nursery revs up there will be lots of posts of the plants and events at the nursery.

New Facebook Fan Page
Follow new plants, events and happenings in real time with regularly posted images and notes from the nursery. 

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

P.S. I haven't had time to put together an installment of Fabulous at Phoenix but if I had I would have highlighted Abeliophyllum distichum 'Roseum' the pink form of white forsythia, Daphne genkwa a rare daphne species, Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' the most fragrant daphne, Cyclamen 'Something Magic' a beautiful winter-blooming woodland treasure, Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora' one of my favourite spring shrubs, and six fantastic tissue cultured hellebores from Heronswood Nursery that arrived after the Hellebore Hurrah! All of these plants are now available at the nursery!

'Winter Wren'
'Raspberry Mousse'
'Pink Tea Cup'
'Phoenix'
'Phoebe'
'Painted Bunting'

 


In this Issue

1. Rare Bulb Sale
2. The Great Easter Plant Hunt: An easter "egg" hunt for gardeners

3. Two New Special Events for 2010: The Clematis Conundrum and May Maple Mania
4. Workshops 2010: Come Learn with Us

5. New Phoenix Perennials Collectible T-Shirt for 2010
6. Upcoming Speaking Engagements by Owner Gary Lewis
7. Pushing the limit with Perennials


1.

Rare Bulb Sale
A Great Opportunity to Increase the Botanical Intrigue in Your Garden

For the second time we are offering a great opportunity to purchase a large selection of rare bulbs in dry format - packaged and dormant instead of potted up and growing. These bulbs are from Japan and India and also from a European supplier offering a variety of bulbs from around the world. These dry bulbs are

20% off the regular price

that they will be later in the season when we offer them potted up and in full growth.

A list of our offerings is below. You will be able to find images and descriptions of many (but not all) of these bulbs on our website in our searchable database which is in the "Plants" section. For the others we are organizing signage at the nursery to help you make your selections. You can also use google to research these marvels.

The sale will continue through April. Dry bulbs will remain on sale until each one begins growth and then we'll have to remove them a species or variety at a time to pot up. So come in early for the best selection.

General Growing Instructions: Some of these bulbs are easy to grow and others a bit more difficult. Some are meant to be grown outside and others as pot plants that are protected in the winter. Please research all of your purchases in order to decide how best to pot them up and grow them on. In general bulbs that are eventually meant for the outdoors should first be potted up into pots with free draining potting mix and grown on in a protected spot which is warmer than the outdoors such as a garage, shed or greenhouse. Once the bulb has rooted through the pot and come into growth you can then plant it out in the garden. They can be planted directly into the garden but we find that gardeners will have a higher rate of success using this method.

Magic Flowers
Achimenes mexicana
Achimenes pulcherrima
Achimenes
‘Blue Sparks’
Achimenes ‘Cattleya’
Achimenes ‘Charm’
Achimenes ‘Harry Williams’
Achimenes ‘Peach Blossom’
Achimenes ‘Snow Princess’
Achimenes ‘Tetra Himalayan Orange’
Achimenes
‘Tetra Himalayan Purple’
Achimenes ‘Vivid’

Peacock Gladiolus - Acidanthera murielae

Voodoo Lilies
Amorphophallus bulbifer
Amorphophallus bulbifer
‘Northeast Indian Form’
Amorphophallus nepalense

Cobra Lilies
Arisaema album
Arisaema barnesii
Arisaema concinnum
Arisaema consanguineum
Arisaema ehimense
Arisaema galeatum
Arisaema griffithii
Arisaema griffithii
var. pradhanii
Arisaema intermedium
Arisaema iyoanum var. nakaianum
Arisaema jacquemontii
Arisaema kiushianum
Arisaema nepenthoides
Arisaema propinquum
Arisaema ringens
Arisaema sazensoo
Arisaema serratum
‘Patterned Selection’
Arisaema sikokianum ‘Patterned Selection’
Arisaema speciosum
Arisaema speciosum
var. magnificum
Arisaema speciosum
var.mirable
Arisaema ternatipartitum
Arisaema thunbergii
Arisaema tortuosum
Arisaema tortuosum var. helleborifolium
Arisaema tosaense
Arisaema urashima
Arisaema utile

Baboon Root - Babiana Kew Hybrids
Coral Drops - Bessera elegans
Cluster Lily - Brodiaea Blue Ocean Blend

Giant Himalayan Lily - Cardiocrinum giganteum

Shade Gingers
Cautleya gracilis (lutea)
Cautleya spicata

Spice Ginger - Curcuma 'Thai Supreme'

Dahlias
Dahlia 'Karma Series Choc'
Dahlia 'Blue Bayou'
Dahlia 'Boogie Woogie'
Dahlia 'Edge of Joy'
Dahlia 'Honka Blend'
Dahlia 'Lambada'
Dahlia 'Mary Eveline'
Dahlia 'Pink Isa'
Dahlia 'Pooh'
Dahlia 'Windmill'

Crinum Lilies
Crinum amoenum
Crinum moorei
‘Album’
Crinum x powellii
Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet'

Firecracker Plant - Dichelostemma 'Pink Diamond'

Amazon Lily - Eucharis amazonica

Gladiolus
Gladiolus byzantinus (Hardy)
Gladiolus Atom (Hardy)

Dancing Ladies
Globba schomburkii
Globba
‘Mt. Everest’

Blood Lily - Haemanthus multiflorus

Hardy Gingers
Hedychium aurantiacum (H. coccineum)
Hedychium clarkei
Hedychium coronarium
Hedychium densiflorum
Hedychium ellipticum
Hedychium flavum
Hedychium gardnerianum
Hedychium greenii
Hedychium griffithianum
Hedychium speciosum
Hedychium thyrsiforme
Hedychium
'Pink Princess'

Iris
Iris japonica
Iris tectorum

Peruvian Daffodil
Ismene festalis

Ismene Sulphur Queen

Lilies
Lilium nepalense
Lilium LA 'Trebbiano'
Lilium Orientale 'Bonbini'
Lilium Orientale 'Golden Stargazer'
Lilium Orientale 'Tiger Edition'
Lilium OT 'Scheherazade'

Paris
Paris polyphylla

Pleione - Pleione formosa

Tuberose
Polianthes tuberosa 'Mexican'
Polianthes tuberosa 'The Pearl'

Roscoea
Roscoea alpina
Roscoea procera

Aztec Lily - Sprekelia formosissima

Bat Plant
Tacca chantieri macrantha
Tacca integrifolia
‘Select’
Tacca ‘Green Isle’

Tiger Flower - Tigridia Mixed
Triteleia - Triteleia 'Queen Fabiola'
Tritonia - Tritonia Mixed

Calla Lilies
Zantedeschia 'Black Forest'
Zantedeschia 'Purple Haze'
Zantedeschia 'Selina'

Rain Lilies
Zephyranthes candida
Zephyranthes robustus
Zephyranthes sulphurea



2.

Phoenix Perennials presents
The Great Easter Plant Hunt
An easter egg hunt for gardeners

Easter Sunday April 4th, 10 am SHARP!

Introduce your inner child to the gardener in you and skip on down to the nursery for some fun and fabulous prizes! The Easter Plant Bunny will be visiting Phoenix Perennials and hiding lots of eggs in all the nooks and crannies of the nursery. You're going to have to be quick to find the eggs before other gardeners do! Then crack them open to find a prize inside each one!

This year the Easter Plant Bunny is going to hide all the eggs outside so dress for rain or shine. There will also be DOUBLE the eggs and over $1000 in prizes including gift certificates, coupons, plants, t-shirts and chocolates!

Mark your calendars!
This is going to be a lot of fun!


3.

Two New Special Events for 2010

The Clematis Conundrum...
Featuring over 100 different Clematis and other vines
Friday through Sunday April 16th-18th, 2010

May Maple Mania
Featuring an incredible selection of over 65 different Japanese and other maples
Friday through Sunday April 30th, May 1st and May 2nd, 2010

Watch for more information in your April E-Newsletter.


4.

Workshops 2010
Come Learn with Us

In 2010 we will offer more workshops than ever before - a total of 22! We will offer popular old favourites and many new and exciting subjects. We are proud and excited to offer one of the most extensive and interesting workshop series in our region. Our workshops are grouped thematically into series. Feel free to take just one class in a series or all of them. We have special series offers if you choose the latter. We also have an overall special workshop offer. Sign up for five classes and receive 15% off. Details are below. And remember, please book in advance since spaces are limited and many of our classes sell out.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Workshops at a Glance by Series Including Special Series Offers
Workshops at a Glance by Date
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Five Pack Workshop Discount*
Mix and match any five workshops from the Down to Earth, Container, and Power of Perennials Series and receive 15% off your enrollment. This offer does not include the Wine Tastings.
Sign up for any three Down to Earth workshops and receive 10% Off!*
Sign up for any three Container Series workshops and receive 10% Off!*
Sign up for both Wine Tastings and receive 10% Off!*
Sign up for any three Power Of Perennials workshops and receive 10% Off!*

*To take advantage of our special offers the workshops must be purchased all at the same time. Workshops purchased as part of a special offer are not transferrable to other attendees and must be used by one person.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

April

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Waking Up the Perennial Garden: Earth-Friendly Gardening Techniques | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday April 10th, 10am-12pm | $16 | This workshop will introduce the cornerstones of successful gardening which include the concept of right plant-right place, the care, maintenance and division of perennials, the benefits and techniques of natural lawn care, and the basics of caring for the soil of your garden beds including composting and mulching. This is a great workshop to get the season started off right.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Sowing the Seeds of Success: How to Grow Your Own Plants from Seed | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sunday April 11th, 1pm-3pm | $16 | Belinda will use demonstrations to show you how to sow and germinate all kinds of different seeds. She will talk about seeds that are easily germinated as well as different treatments to unlock more difficult seeds from dormancy. She will then teach you how to care for the seedlings once they come up. Your newfound knowledge will help you succeed with veggies, herbs and perennials alike. Not only will you be envied by your gardening friends for your green-thumbed talents but you’ll be loved by them for all those extra plants you’ll have to give them as gifts.

CONTAINER SERIES | Gardens in Miniature: Plant Up a Stone Art Container with Alpines and Other Diminuitive Plants | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday April 17th, 10am-12pm | $16* | Stone Art planters are amazing containers that look like an authentic hollowed out rock only they’re light and manageable (www.stoneartgardens.com). They are perfect for planting up gardens of small plants and look great on patios and as centerpieces on tables. After some general instruction and an introduction to a number of alpines and small plants, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own Stone Art container. We will have a wide variety of these containers for you to choose from ranging in price from $12 to $47. *The cost of the container and the plants you use are not included in the price of the workshop.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Climbing to New Heights: Clematis and Other Vines for the Spring, Summer and Fall Garden | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Two Workshops: Saturday April 17th 1pm-2pm and Sunday April 18th 11am-12pm | FREE Workshop at the Clematis Conundrum Special Event – Please call in to book your space ahead of time. Spaces are limited. | Belinda will introduce you to all kinds of great vines for colour and fragrance all season long. She’ll talk about the huge variety of different clematis and how to care for them as well as other vines like honeysuckle, jasmine, deciduous and evergreen climbing hydrangea, passionflowers, kiwis and more.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Living Sculptures: Add Year-Round Interest to the Garden and Patio with Dwarf Conifers | Instructor: Lisa O’Donnell | Sunday April 18th, 1pm-3pm | $16 | Hold court with our Conifer Queen and learn about the incredible world of dwarf conifers. Lisa will chat about the aesthetic and design uses of dwarf conifers and, through examples from her own garden, talk about integrating them into the garden, the perennial border and containers. You will learn how to use conifers as incredible year-round living sculptures. She will also highlight the best dwarf conifers for our region and talk about their care and maintenance.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Four Seasons in the West Coast Garden: Top Plant Performers for Year-Round Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday April 24th, 10am-12pm | $16 | Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal or multiple seasons of interest through the year. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. Designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners, this course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary!

May

CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before!  | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Saturday May 1st, 10am-12pm | $20* | In this workshop you’ll take perennials into the unknown and on to the world of the hanging basket. You’ll learn about perennials that are suitable to growing in hanging baskets and then you’ll get a chance to plant up your own to take home with you! *Cost includes potting mix and moss. It does not include the hanging basket. Options will be provided leading up to the workshop.)

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Designing for Shady Places: Shade Garden Design for Average, Dry and Moist Locations | Instructor: Diane Brown | Sunday May 2nd, 1pm-3pm | $18 | We will explore principles of shade garden design and introduce you to a palette of shade plants for various levels of soil moisture. Each participant will then have the opportunity to apply these principles in miniature by planting up their own shade pot. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). 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.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Herbs: Plant Up a Container with Great Culinary Herbs | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 8th, 10am-12pm | $18 | In this companion workshop to Phoenix Fresh Veggies you will learn about growing annual and perennial culinary herbs in containers and garden beds. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own herb container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). 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.

GARDEN LIVING SERIES | The Grill and the Grape: Great Wines for Barbecue Season | Instructor: Randy Rae | Saturday May 8th, 1:30pm-3:30pm | $30 | At this wine tasting you will be introduced to a number of big, bold and delicious well-priced wines perfect for pairing with barbecued meats, salmon, and vegetables. Be the wine pairing hero at your summer barbecues and WOW all your friends with your savvy sophistication. Though the theme remains the same this year, all the wines will be different from previous years. After the guided tasting there will be a reception with wine, cheese and nibblies and a chance to discuss the wines informally with your instructor and your fellow classmates!

CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Felice Andersen | Sunday May 9th, 1pm-3pm | $18 + $35 Wreath Frame = $53* | And you thought wreaths were only for Christmas time! Felice will introduce you to an intriguing idea in succulent gardening – planting up a wreath with sempervivums, echeverias, sedums and other interesting succulents. 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! *Includes a high quality wreath frame, moss and potting mix. The plants you select are not included.

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday May 15th, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $18 | 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 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.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | The Fragrant Garden: Planning for Year-Round Olfactory Bliss | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sunday May 16th, 1pm-3pm | $16 | It is possible to have fragrance in the garden almost all year round. Join Belinda, Phoenix Perennials’ fragrance expert, for a tour of myriad enchanting perennials, shrubs and vines that, while offering beautiful foliage, form, and flowers, will also contribute the enchanting dimension of scent to your garden.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Unusual  and Heirloom Varieties | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 22nd, 10am-12pm | $18 | You can’t eat much more locally than your own back yard! Shelley will introduce you to a host of cool, unusual and heirloom vegetables including purple tomatoes, rainbow-coloured greens, squash and cucumbers that grow on bushes, spinach that grows on vines, peas with blue pods, and white eggplants. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own veggie container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). 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.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | One Good Fern Deserves Another: Ferns for Shade to Part Sun Gardens | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sunday May 23rd, 1pm-3pm | $16 | Ferns offer a delicate, subtle beauty of texture and form. They can be stately architectural plants or they can be used to weave together and unite the perennial border. Jo will introduce you to the incredible diversity of garden ferns and talk about how you can use them in your shade to part sun gardens.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | The Buzz of Beneficials: Plant Up a Container to Attract Butterflies, Birds and Hummingbirds to your Garden | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday May 29th, 10am | $18 | In this workshop you'll learn how to attract butterflies, birds,  hummingbirds and beneficial insects to your garden beds and planters through the careful selection of beautiful plants loved by our favourite garden visitors. In the second half of the workshop participants will plant up a container to act as a bird and butterfly magnet for their gardens. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). 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.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sunday May 30th, 1pm-3pm | $16 | Jo will introduce you to a plethora of plants with great foliage, form and stature that you can use to rise out your amorphous plantings to give structure, strength and intrigue to your borders. She will also chat about plants that “die well” providing great structure and interest to the winter garden.

June

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall |Saturday June 5th, 10am-12pm | $16 | The popularity of ornamental grasses continues to grow as gardeners discover their many virtues. Don't get it yet? Come to this informative talk and learn what grasses can do for you and your garden. Already enamoured with ornamental grasses? You'll love this workshop too. You'll get tips on using them for best effect in your garden design. As well, you'll be introduced to several cultivars you might not have seen before.

GARDEN LIVING SERIES | Summer Wines: Great Bottles for Patio and Garden |
In
structor: Randy Rae | Saturday June 5th, 1:30pm-3:30pm | $30 | At this wine tasting you will be introduced to a number of delicious and refreshing well-priced wines perfect for the summer patio and garden. From bubbles to whites and light reds, you will learn about and taste some great solutions for summer entertaining or for just kicking back in your garden and enjoying the fruits of your labours! Though the theme remains the same this year, all the wines will be different from previous years. After the guided tasting there will be a reception with wine, cheese and nibblies and a chance to discuss the wines informally with your instructor and your fellow classmates!

September

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Winter Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Cool Season Edibles | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 11th, 10am-12pm | $18 | You can’t eat much more locally than your own back yard! Shelley will introduce you to a host of cool, unusual and heirloom vegetables that you can grow in the fall and winter. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own veggie container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). 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.

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 18th, 10am-12pm | $18 | Meet the spring blooming wonders that you can include in your garden and in pots including a number of uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). 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 cost of the bulbs that you choose to include in your container are not included in the cost of the workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix.

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday September 25th, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $18 | 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.

 

Workshops at a Glance by Series

Five Pack Workshop Discount*
Mix and match any five workshops from the Down to Earth, Container, and Power of Perennials Series and receive 15% off your enrollment. This offer does not include the Wine Tastings.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES

Sign up for any three Down to Earth workshops and receive 10% Off!*

Waking Up the Perennial Garden: Earth-Friendly Gardening Techniques | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday April 10th, 10am-12pm | $16 |

Sowing the Seeds of Success: How to Grow Your Own Plants from Seed | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sunday April 11th, 1pm-3pm |$16|

Phoenix Fresh Herbs: Plant Up a Container with Great Culinary Herbs | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 8th, 10am-12pm | $18 |

Phoenix Fresh Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Unusual  and Heirloom Varieties | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 22nd, 10am-12pm | $18 |

The Buzz of Beneficials: Plant Up a Container to Attract Butterflies, Birds and Hummingbirds to your Garden | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday May 29th, 10am | $18 |

Phoenix Fresh Winter Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Cool Season Edibles | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 11th, 10am-12pm | $18 |

 

CONTAINER SERIES  

Sign up for any three Container Series workshops and receive 10% Off!*

Gardens in Miniature: Plant Up a Stone Art Container with Alpines and Other Diminutive Plants | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday April 17th, 10am-12pm | $16 |

Perennial Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before! | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Saturday May 1st, 10am-12pm | $20* |

Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Felice Andersen | Sunday May 9th, 1pm-3pm | $18 + $35 Wreath Frame = $53 |

Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday May 15th, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $18 |

Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 18th, 10am-12pm | $18 |

Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday September 25th, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $18 |

 

GARDEN LIVING SERIES

Sign up for both Wine Tastings and receive 10% Off!*

The Grill and the Grape: Great Wines for Barbecue Season | Instructor: Randy Rae | Saturday May 8th, 1:30pm-3:30pm | $30 |

Summer Wines: Great Bottles for Patio and Garden Instructor: Randy Rae | Saturday June 5th, 1:30pm-3:30pm | $30 |

 

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES

Sign up for any three Power Of Perennials workshops and receive 10% Off!*

Climbing to New Heights: Clematis and Other Vines for the Spring, Summer and Fall Garden | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Two Workshops: Saturday April 17th 1pm-2pm and Sunday April 18th 11am-12pm | FREE Workshop at the Clematis Conundrum Special Event – Please call in to book your space ahead of time. Spaces are limited. |

Living Sculptures: Add Year-Round Interest to the Garden and Patio with Dwarf Conifers | Instructor: Lisa O’Donnell | Sunday April 18th, 1pm-3pm | $16 |

Four Seasons in the West Coast Garden: Top Plant Performers for Year-Round Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday April 24th, 10am-12pm | $16 |

Designing for Shady Places: Shade Garden Design for Average, Dry and Moist Locations | Instructor: Diane Brown | Sunday May 2nd, 1pm-3pm | $18 |

The Fragrant Garden: Planning for Year-Round Olfactory Bliss | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sunday May 16th, 1pm-3pm | $16 |

One Good Fern Deserves Another: Ferns for Shade to Part Sun Gardens | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sunday May 23rd, 1pm-3pm | $16 |

Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sunday May 30th, 1pm-3pm | $16 |

Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday June 5th, 10am-12pm | $16 |

*To take advantage of our special offers the workshops must be purchased all at the same time. Workshops purchased as part of a special offer are not transferrable to other attendees and must be used by one person.

 

Workshops by Date

April

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Waking Up the Perennial Garden: Earth-Friendly Gardening Techniques | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday April 10th, 10am-12pm | $16 |

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Sowing the Seeds of Success: How to Grow Your Own Plants from Seed | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sunday April 11th, 1pm-3pm |$16|

CONTAINER SERIES | Gardens in Miniature: Plant Up a Stone Art Container with Alpines and Other Diminutive Plants | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday April 17th, 10am-12pm | $16* |

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Climbing to New Heights: Clematis and Other Vines for the Spring, Summer and Fall Garden | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Two Workshops: Saturday April 17th 1pm-2pm and Sunday April 18th 11am-12pm | FREE Workshop at the Clematis Conundrum Special Event – Please call in to book your space ahead of time. Spaces are limited. |

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Living Sculptures: Add Year-Round Interest to the Garden and Patio with Dwarf Conifers | Instructor: Lisa O’Donnell | Sunday April 18th, 1pm-3pm | $16 |

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Four Seasons in the West Coast Garden: Top Plant Performers for Year-Round Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday April 24th, 10am-12pm | $16 |  

May

CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before! | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Saturday May 1st, 10am-12pm | $20* |

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Designing for Shady Places: Shade Garden Design for Average, Dry and Moist Locations | Instructor: Diane Brown | Sunday May 2nd, 1pm-3pm | $18 |

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Herbs: Plant Up a Container with Great Culinary Herbs | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 8th, 10am-12pm | $18 |

GARDEN LIVING SERIES| The Grill and the Grape: Great Wines for Barbecue Season | Instructor: Randy Rae | Saturday May 8th, 1:30pm-3:30pm | $30 |

CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Felice Andersen | Sunday May 9th, 1pm-3pm | $18 + $35 Wreath Frame = $53* |

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday May 15th, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $18 |

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | The Fragrant Garden: Planning for Year-Round Olfactory Bliss | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sunday May 16th, 1pm-3pm | $16 |

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Unusual  and Heirloom Varieties | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 22nd, 10am-12pm | $18 |

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | One Good Fern Deserves Another: Ferns for Shade to Part Sun Gardens | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sunday May 23rd, 1pm-3pm | $16 |

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | The Buzz of Beneficials: Plant Up a Container to Attract Butterflies, Birds and Hummingbirds to your Garden | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday May 29th, 10am | $18 |

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES| Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sunday May 30th, 1pm-3pm | $16 |

June

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday June 5th, 10am-12pm | $16 |

GARDEN LIVING SERIES| Summer Wines: Great Bottles for Patio and Garden Instructor: Randy Rae | Saturday June 5th, 1:30pm-3:30pm | $30

September

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Winter Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Cool Season Edibles | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 11th, 10am-12pm | $18 |

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 18th, 10am-12pm | $18 |

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday September 25th, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $18 |

Instructor Biographies

Felice Andersen first encountered the weird and wonderful world of succulent plants while working in South Africa. After later travels and work in Mexico she became “totally hooked” on these low-maintenance, drought-resistant, colourful and bizarre plants. Her home and garden in sunny Tsawwassen is the perfect place to pursue her passion. FeIice has taken numerous horticultural courses and is an active member of the Master Gardener Association of British Columbia and the Desert Plant Society.

Diane Brown is a graduate of Kwantlen's Landscape Design program and was the coordinator of the Earthwise Garden for many years. She has designed gardens with garden ecosystems in mind and specialized in presenting earth-friendly workshops. She works part time for Phoenix Perennials and does landscape design, garden consultations, and workshops in her spare time.

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

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

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

Randy Rae is a passionate wine aficionado who has attained his WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate and is currently working on his Diploma. He is a member of various wine groups, travels the world to visit diverse wine regions, frequently attends local and international wine tastings, and maintains his own extensive cellar.

Cliff Thorbes is a certified horticulturalist, artist and designer. He is passionate about container garden design and integrating original art into the garden to create a unique and personal statement. Cliff returns this year to reprise his popular seminars on the secrets to creating containers that will captivate the senses.

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

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please call (604-270-4133) or visit the nursery to book your space. Payment is required when booking. If you would like to take advantage of one of our special offers please let us know at the start of your booking.

Each workshop requires a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 15-25 depending on the workshop. If the minimum is not met we may not be able to run the workshop in which case we will contact you a few days before the scheduled date of the workshop and give you a credit towards another class, a credit at the nursery, or a refund. If you are unable to attend a workshop you have already signed up for please give us 3 days notice. We would be happy to give you a credit towards another class or a credit at the nursery.

Workshop participants will receive a 15% discount on any purchases they wish to make the day of their workshop. We cannot give rainchecks on this discount so please plan for enough time to do some shopping after your workshop or head off for some lunch and then return in the afternoon.

 


5.

New Phoenix Perennials Collectible T-Shirt
"I garden, therefore I am."


 

Welcome to our third offering of Phoenix Wear! This high quality tee is black with embroidered text in royal blue. They are great for gardening, plant shopping, going to garden group meetings, and for getting philosophical with your gardening friends! Our t-shirts will be arriving at the nursery in time for the Hellebore Hurrah! They will be available in S, M, L, and XL. They will cost $19.99.By popular demand, we will also be keeping in print our 2008 and 2009 t-shirts. In 2008 the saying was "There are worse addictions than plants." In 2009 it was "I can only have one husband but as many flowers as I want!"

FUN!

 


6.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements
by Phoenix Perennials Owner Gary Lewis

These talks are open to the public. There may be an entrance fee to these events and garden group meetings. It would be great to see you there!

Among Kangaroo Paws and Grass Trees: The incredible spring flora of Western Australia Join Gary for a trip Down Under to explore an out of this world flora you have likely never even dreamed of – a world of Banksias and featherflowers, Donkey orchids and Spider orchids, eucalypts and myrtles and, of course, kangaroo paws and grass trees. In this talk you’ll see wonderful photography from his recent trip as well as learn about why this area of the world is considered a biodiversity “hot spot.”

Milner Gardens
Speaker Series


Thursday March 25th, 7pm
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones St., Qualicum Beach
Tickets $10

Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Plants for High Summer and Early Fall Does your garden look fabulous in the spring only to have its vibrant colours fade with the summer heat?  Gary offers advice on how to avoid these summer doldrums and recommends a host of great garden plants to keep colour in the garden through the hot months of the year. At the end Gary will “show and tell” a select group of plants from the talk.

Squamish Gardeners

Monday May 17th, 6:45pm West Coast Railway Heritage Museum, 39645 Government Road, Squamish

 


7.

Pushing the limit with perennials
‘We try to be among the first in Canada with new plants’

 

Written by David Schmidt  Greenhouse Canada Magazine, March 2010

 

Gary Lewis, a self-proclaimed “well-educated farmer” with a small throwback retail nursery, is the new Canadian region director of the Perennial Plant Association (PPA).

A voracious gardener since his early teens with a bachelor’s degree in conservation biology, Lewis was “within three months” of completing his master’s degree in plant ecology at the University of British Columbia in the spring of 2004 when he received an e-mail advising him of a small nursery for sale in Richmond (part of metro Vancouver).


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A sampling of Phoenix Perennials.
Photo courtesy Phoenix Perennials.

“Within two weeks I owned it,” Lewis recalls, taking over Phoenix Perennials (now known as Phoenix Perennials & Specialty Plants) on his 28th birthday, March 18, 2004. He took the season off to run the nursery before completing his master’s degree that December.

“There aren’t a lot of nursery owners with a master’s degree in botany,” he chuckles, saying that gives him the tools to “push the limits” in horticulture. “It’s a good synergy of interests and experience.”

A REGIONAL DESTINATION FOR VANCOUVER GARDENERS
Phoenix has grown exponentially over the past six seasons, Lewis noting the nursery is up “1,000 per cent” over where he started. “Our customer base has expanded greatly. We’re becoming a regional destination nursery for greater Vancouver. We have clientele who come to us from as far away as the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island, Washington and even the B.C. Interior.”

While most customers are retail shoppers, his clientele includes a few landscapers who come for plants they can’t get elsewhere.


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New Canadian region PPA director Gary Lewis.
Photo courtesy Phoenix Perennials.


 

Phoenix Perennials is “kind of unconventional” in that it is a retail nursery that grows “60 to 70 per cent” of its own plants. As a result, Lewis employs both a retail manager and a production manager. Production staff work nine and a half months each year, while retail staff work eight and a half months each year. The nursery is open from late February to the end of October. 

“The markups are better with retail but you have to spend more time with the customers. It’s a trade-off,” he admits, but one which he does not plan to give up. “I’m a people person. I love the enthusiasm of the home gardeners.”

The nursery is only about an acre in size, with half the area uncovered and dedicated to retail and the other half (two 100-foot cold frame greenhouses with only emergency propane heat, and a small 20x24-foot propagation house with “a little bit of heat”) used for growing.

“What we have is pretty low tech,” Lewis admits, saying that is appropriate since their plants are grown for home gardeners who also do not have fancy greenhouses.

OFFERING LARGE SELECTION IN PERENNIALS, SPECIALTY PLANTS
What they do have is selection: they add about 500 plants each year and now offer about 4,000 different perennials and specialty plants.

“We have one of the largest, if not the largest, selections in Canada,” Lewis states proudly. 

He focuses on three types of plants:

  • Garden stalwarts – tried and true plants which are “just great plants.”Cutting edge new perennials – “We try to be among the first in Canada with new plants. We bring them in the same time as the wholesale growers. If they catch on, we tend to stop growing them and get them from wholesale growers.”
  • Rare and unusual plants – Lewis spends much of his winters travelling the world in search of different plants, such as dwarf conifers, unusual Japanese maples, and rare groundcovers. For example, he visited Taiwan in the fall of 2008, returning with a collection of seeds the nursery is now propagating.

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At home in a cold frame last fall.
Photo by David Schmidt


 

“We will bring in plants from Europe, India, Japan, South Africa and the United States and seeds from all over. I look for plants of horticultural merit that might be unknown or poorly known. I also look for different forms of plants, such as one that’s variegated or has a different colour than the usual.”

Leading his successes are the hellebores. He grows 90 different kinds and starts his retail season with a “Hellebore Hurrah” that last year drew over 600 customers to his opening weekend. “People go crazy for them. They’re more expensive but people don’t flinch.”

Other successes include cobra lilies, the Kleim’s Hardy gardenia, the Jolly Bee Geranium, new echinacea varieties, and the Coral Bells heuchera.

“Heucheras had saturated the market, but there has been a renewed interest in them because of the new cultivars which have come out in the past couple of years,” Lewis notes.

NEW PLANTS: THEY CAN’T ALL BE WINNERS
Not every new plant is a success.

“Sometimes we go too far beyond our client base. Either the plants are too esoteric or we haven’t educated our clients about them. They don’t understand that some early introductions are just that.”


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Touring the shade plant sales area.


 

The PPA is best known for its Perennial Plant of the Year program, which each year selects one plant for special recognition. The PPA starts with a list of nominees, one of which is selected by membership vote and then advertised to both industry and the general public.

“The program serves us from a retail perspective,” Lewis says. “It’s a great way to help us sell something which we know will perform for our clients.”

Lewis got involved with the PPA at the invitation of Janet Anderson of Ontario, a previous PPA president, and a person he once worked for.

He calls the PPA directorship “a great opportunity for professional development.”

PPA PLANS TRIALLING OF HEUCHERA, ECHINACEA
Lewis has been appointed chair of the PPA retail committee, saying one of his aims is to add value for retail PPA members. He has already begun by editing and contributing to a new retail column in the PPA journal. He is also helping develop a new trialling program for heuchera and echinacea.

“We hope to launch the program in the next year or so,” Lewis says, believing the trials will help wholesale growers make better decisions on what to grow and give retailers more insight into what to sell.

The PPA is just one of his industry involvements. He is a member of the Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Picks perennial and bulb committee. The GPP program is designed to create a list of plants particularly suited to the Pacific Northwest. He is also actively involved in E-Flora B.C., which is creating an online atlas of native B.C. plants.

One reason Lewis carries so many different plants is so he can give people the “right plant for the right place. We tell our customers to work with the conditions they have and find plants that will adore those conditions. Don’t choose plants first and try to alter conditions to suit them. Ecology in a garden is a paradigm shift in people’s minds, but when you explain the concept, it makes sense to them and they get excited about it.” ■


David Schmidt is a freelance writer and photographer in British Columbia.

The online version of the article can be viewed here.

 


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