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E-Newsletter: March 2011

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
March 2011

 

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

This is big e-newsletter. There's so much going on at the start of this season that I can't even keep track! Pay close attention for all kinds of announcements about the exciting 2011 season!

In this issue we announce our Workshop, Special Event and Charity Shopping Weekend schedules for 2011. Between now and the fall, there's no reason to be bored - just come on down to the nursery and we'll probably have something going on! Of particular note is a very special workshop on the Friday of The
Clematis Co
nundrum... with famed Clematis breeder Raymond Evison! Our workshops are joined by a new KIDS SERIES with two workshops designed for kids and families.

There's an entry on the Hellebore Hurrah! with the story of our opening weekend in words and pictures. You can click to visit our Facebook page to view a whole photo album on the Hurrah! And remember: you don't have to be a Facebook member to view the page or its photo albums.

Fabulous at Phoenix this month highlights our new selection of summer flowering bulbs including fantastic dahlias, lilies and unusual little ditties.

Also in this issue: find out more about my recent trip to the Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle by visiting our Facebook page. If you're a highschool, college or university student we have one more position still available for weekend work in the spring and full time work in the summer.

Last but not least, we announce the advent of a new era for Phoenix Perennials: MAIL ORDER! Oh my! Full details will appear in the April E-News.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Green for Life!

Green for Life! magazine (formerly the Healthy Garden Guide) is now available for online viewing. Hard copy versions will be available soon at Phoenix and other nurseries throughout BC. Inside you'll find many useful and informative articles including one by me on Hot New Plants (page 10)! Enjoy!

 

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In this Issue

1. Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar
2. Workshops 2011: Come Learn with Us
3. Special Events in 2011
4. The Hellebore Hurrah! Round-Up
5. Charity Shopping Weekends 2011: Announcing this Year's Charities
6. Fabulous at Phoenix: Summer Flowering Bulbs


1.

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

Coming Soon!
Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Across Canada

We are currently working on a plan to offer plants via mail order to gardeners across Canada. In April we will launch Phase One which will involve an "old-fashioned" mail order list and ordering procedure. Phase Two will begin in 2012 with a fully automated online shopping cart. We are excited about this new addition to our dynamic nursery and to be able to offer many plants currently not available through mail order in Canada.
We need your help to get the word out: Please tell all your gardening friends across the country that Phoenix Perennials is about to start shipping! Our e-newsletter and Facebook will be the best way to keep up to date on further developments and announcements!

Looking for a Few Good Students for Weekend and Summer Work
Phoenix Perennials is looking for a few good students to work at the nursery on weekends in the spring and full time in the summer. An interest in plants and horticulture is, of course, an asset. You must be between the ages of 15 and 30, be a full time student, and intend to continue your education in the fall of 2012. You must also be a legally entitled to work in Canada. Please forward your resume by email or drop it off a the nursery.

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Recent Updates
The Miller Botanical Garden in Early Spring
The Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend

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The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Type
Event Description
Details
Wed
Apr 6
Garden Club Talk
Hot New Plants
presented by Gary to the Master Gardeners
VanDusen, 7:30pm (Open only to Master Gardeners)
Sat
April 9
Workshop

Sowing the Seeds of Success: How to Grow Your Own Plants from Seed | Instructor: Belinda | 10am-12pm | $16 |  

Phoenix Perennials
Mon
Apr 11
Garden Club Talk
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums
presented by Gary to the Quadra Island Garden Club
Barbara, 250-285-3681
Tues
Apr 12
Garden Club Talk
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums
presented by Gary to the New Westminster Garden Club
Centennial Lodge, 7:30pm, Ellen 604-525-7927
Sat
April 16
Workshop

Gardens in Miniature: Plant Up a Stone Art Container with Alpines and Other Diminutive Plants | Instructor: Shelley | 10am-12pm | $16* |

Phoenix Perennials
Fri-Sun
April 15-17
Special Event and Workshop

The Clematis Conundrum...
So many clematis, So little time!
Featuring over 100 different Clematis and other vines

Plus free workshops by famed clematis breeder Raymond Evison and our own Belinda Cardoso. See below.

 
Phoenix Perennials
Fri
April 15
Special Event Workshop
A Conversation with Famed Clematis Breeder Raymond Evison | 2-3pm | Free but book ahead. Spaces are limited. |
Phoenix Perennials
Sat/Sun
April 16/17
Special Event Workshop
Climbing to New Heights: Clematis and Other Vines for Spring, Summer and Fall | Instructor: Belinda | Two Workshops: Sat April 16th, 1-2pm and Sun April 17th 11am-12pm | FREE but book ahead
Phoenix Perennials
Sun
April 17
Workshop

Living Sculptures: Year-Round Interest with Dwarf Conifers in the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Lisa | 1-3pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Mon
Apr 18
Garden Club Talk
Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World
presented by Gary to the Pitt Meadows Garden Club
Heritage Church, 7pm, Natasha 604-612-4807
Tues
Apr 19
Garden Club Talk
Hot New Plants
presented by Gary to the Evergreen Garden Club (Delta)
Wed
Apr 20
Special Event
The UBC Collectors' Plant Auction
sponsored in part by Phoenix Perennials
UBC Botanical Garden
Sat
April 23
Workshop

Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Spring | Instructor: Shelley | 10-12pm | $16 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
Apr 24
Special Event
The Great Easter Plant Hunt
An Easter "egg" hunt for gardeners
Phoenix Perennials, 10am sharp!
Wed
Apr 27
Garden Club Talk
Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World
presented by Gary to the South Surrey Garden Club
Linda, lindasw@mac.com
Sat-Sun
April 30-
May 1
Charity Shopping Weekend
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: A Loving Spoonful
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
April 30
Workshop

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

Phoenix Perennials
Sat
April 30
Workshop

Phoenix Fresh Berries and Fruit: Develop your Urban Orchard and Berry Patch | Instructor: TBA | 2-4pm | $16 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
May 1
Workshop

One Good Fern Deserves Another: Ferns for the Garden and Containers | Instructor: JoAnn | 1-3pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Wed
May 4
Garden Club Talk
Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World presented by Gary to the Burnaby Rhododendron and Gardens Society
Burnaby Village Museum, 7pm, Rosemarie
Sat
May 7
Workshop

Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Belinda | Two workshops at 10am and 2pm | $20 + $35 Wreath Frame = $55* |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat & Sun May 7-8
Special Event

FREE 'Entertainer' Lily for Mothers on Mothers' Day Weekend!*
Bring your children, grandchildren or furry children (or a picture of them) to show us that you're a Mom and get your free lily! *With purchase over $10 before taxes, while supplies last.

Phoenix Perennials
Fri-Sun
May 6-8
Special Event
May Maple Mania
Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese maples
Plus a free workshop by maple expert Doug Justice. See below.
Phoenix Perennials
Sun
May 8
Special Event Workshop
Maples for the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Doug Justice, | 1pm-2:30 | FREE but book ahead
Phoenix Perennials
Sat-Sun
May 14-15
Charity Shopping Weekend
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: French Immersion Schools of the Lower Mainland (Canadian Parents for French)
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
May 14
Workshop

Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Shelley | Two workshops at 10am and 2pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
May 15
Workshop

Phoenix Fresh Herbs: Plant Up a Container with Great Culinary Herbs | Instructor: Shelley | 1-3pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat
May 21
Workshop

Phoenix Fresh Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Unusual  and Heirloom Varieties | Instructor: Shelley | 10am-12pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
May 22
Workshop

Phoenix Fresh Veggies FOR KIDS!: Plant Up a Container with Fun and Funky Edibles | Instructor: Shelley | 1-3pm | $18 for one parent and one child, $5 per additional child | Parent participation required.

Phoenix Perennials
Sat-Sun
May 28-29
Charity Shopping Weekend
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: The Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS)
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
May 28
Workshop

The Buzz of Beneficials: Plant a Pot to Attract Butterflies, Birds and Hummingbirds to your Garden | Instructor: JoAnn | 10am | $18

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
May 29
Workshop

The Fragrant Garden: Planning for Year-Round Olfactory Bliss | Instructor: Belinda | 1-3pm | $16 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat
June 4
Workshop

Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden | Instructor: JoAnn | 10am-12pm | $16 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
June 5
Workshop

Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses in the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Shelley | 1-3pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat-Sun
June 11-12
Charity Shopping Weekend
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: The South Van GoGo Grannies for the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
June 11
Workshop

Kool Plants for Kids | Instructor: Gary | 10-11am | $10 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
June 12
Workshop

Colour Without Flowers?: Create a Technicolour Container with Fantastic Foliage | Instructor: Belinda | 10am-12pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat-Sun
June 18-19
Special Event
FREE "Guy-Lardia" for Fathers on Fathers' Day Weekend!*
Bring your children, grandchildren or furry children (or a picture of them) to show us that you're a Dad and get your free "guy-lardia" (gaillardia or blanket flower)! *With purchase over $10 before taxes, while supplies last.
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
June 18
Workshop

Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Summer | Instructor: Shelley | 10am-12pm | $16 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
June 19
Workshop

Sizzling Succulents: Drama, Structure and Intrigue with Succulent Foliage | Instructor: Gary | 1-3pm | $16 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat-Sun
July 2-3
Charity Shopping Weekend
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: The Richmond Schoolyard Society, the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre and the Kitsilano Community Garden
Phoenix Perennials
Fri-Sun
July 8-10
Special Event and Workshops
The Summer Sizzle
Celebrating Summer with Free Workshops and Special Prices
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
Sept 3
Workshop

Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | 10am-12pm | $16 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat-Sun
Sept 17-18
Charity Shopping Weekend
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: The Community Arts Council of Richmond and the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA)
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
Sept 17
Workshop

Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Containers | Instructor: Shelley | 10am-12pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat
Sept 24
Workshop

Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley | Two workshops at 10am and 2pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials

Mark your calendars! Or print this off for the fridge!


2.

Come Learn With Us
Workshops 2011

In 2011 we will offer more workshops than ever before - a total of 27! We are proud to offer one of the most extensive and exciting workshop series in our region. We will offer popular old favourites and many new and exciting subjects including two new workshops for kids.

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

CONTAINER SERIES
This series of workshops explores the incredible versatility of perennial plants for creative use in a diverse range of containers, wreaths, and hanging baskets.
DOWN TO EARTH SERIES
This series focuses on growing your own edibles, earth-friendly gardening techniques, and encouraging nature in the garden.
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES
This series celebrates the power of perennials to transform our gardens and our lives.

KIDS SERIES
Our new kids series is designed to introduce kids and their families to edible and ornamental plants and the joys of gardening.
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES
At our special events - The Hellebore Hurrah!, The Clematis Conundrum, May Maple Mania, and The Summer Sizzle - we will offer this series of free workshops that tie into the theme of each event.

We have special workshop offers for gardeners who wish to book multiple workshops. Remember: please book in advance since spaces are limited and many of our classes sell out.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

SPECIAL WORKSHOP OFFER
10% off when you book any 3 workshops.*
15% off when you book any 5 workshops.*

*Must be booked all at once.
Offer good only for individuals. Cannot be shared amongst multiple attendees.
Mix and match from amongst all of our workshops.

 

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

April

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Sowing the Seeds of Success: How to Grow Your Own Plants from Seed | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sat April 9th, 10am-12pm | $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 | Sat April 16th, 10am-12pm | $16* | Stone Art planters are amazing containers that look like a hollowed out rock only they’re lighter and more manageable (www.stoneartgardens.com). They are perfect for planting up gardens of small plants and look great on patios and as centerpieces on tables. After some general instruction and an introduction to a number of alpines and small plants, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own Stone Art container. We will have a wide variety of these containers for you to choose from ranging in price from $12 to $47. *The cost of the container and the plants you use are not included in the price of the workshop.

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CLEMATIS CONUNDRUM

A Conversation with Famed Clematis Breeder Raymond Evison | Fri April 15th 2pm | Free but book ahead. Spaces are limited. | Raymond Evison is one of the most famous modern day clematis breeders. He has introduced over 100 different species and cultivars during his career from his famed Guernsey Clematis Nursery in the UK. Raymond will be at the nursery to discuss his many introductions and using clematis in the garden and in containers in combination with perennials and shrubs. He will take you through a full season in the garden from spring through fall and will also talk about pruning and care of clematis. He will also be available to answer your questions and chat about all things clematis.
Climbing to New Heights: Clematis and Other Vines for the Spring, Summer and Fall Garden | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Two Workshops: Sat April 16th 1-2pm and Sunday April 17th 11am-12pm | FREE but book ahead. Spaces are limted. | 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.

CONTAINER SERIES | Living Sculptures: Year-Round Interest with Dwarf Conifers in the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Lisa O’Donnell | Sun April 17th, 1-3pm | $18 | Hold court with our Conifer Queen and learn about the incredible world of dwarf conifers. Lisa will chat about the aesthetic and design uses of dwarf conifers and, through examples from her own garden, talk about integrating them into the perennial border and containers. You will learn how to use conifers as incredible year-round living sculptures. She will also highlight the best dwarf conifers for our region and talk about their care and maintenance. After the instruction participants will have the opportunity to plant up a container with dwarf conifers and companion plants. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Spring | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat April 23rd, 10-12pm | $16 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for spring? Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the two other sessions: Summer and Fall and Winter.

CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before!  | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sat April 30th, 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 for growing in hanging baskets in both sun and shade and then you’ll get a chance to plant up your own to take home with you! Cost includes potting mix and moss. It does not include the plants you use or the hanging basket. Hanging basket options will be provided leading up to the workshop.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Berries and Fruit: Develop your Urban Orchard and Berry Patch | Instructor: TBA | Sat April 30th, 2-4pm | $16 | One of the easiest ways to grow your own food at home is to plant berry bushes and fruit trees. These plants tend to be low maintenance, offer seasonal beauty and shade, and, of course, crops of tasty blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants, kiwis, grapes, figs, apples, persimmons, citrus and more! In this workshop you'll learn how to plant and care for your urban orchard and berry patch.

May

CONTAINER SERIES | One Good Fern Deserves Another: Ferns for Shade to Part Sun Gardens | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sun May 1st, 1-3pm | $18 | 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 shadier 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. After a discussion of great shady plant combinations involving ferns each participant will have the opportunity to plant up their own shade container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sat May 7th, Two workshops at 10am and 2pm | $20 + $35 Wreath Frame = $55* | And you thought wreaths were only for Christmas time! Belinda will introduce you to an intriguing idea in succulent gardening – planting up a wreath with sempervivums, echeverias, sedums and other interesting succulents and companion plants. You can hang them on your sunny door or gate or lay them on a table as a centrepiece. No matter how you use them you’ll be sure to wow everyone with this unique garden feature. After some general instruction, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own wreath! *Includes a high quality wreath frame, moss and potting mix. The plants you select are not included.

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT MAY MAPLE MANIA | Maples for the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Doug Justice, Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden | Sun May 8th, 1pm-2:30 | FREE but book ahead | 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 | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 14th, Two workshops 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 fabulous container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Herbs: Plant Up a Container with Great Culinary Herbs | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sun May 15th, 1-3pm | $18 | In this workshop you will be introduced to a full range of both common and unusual annual and perennial culinary herbs. You will learn how to grow them in containers and garden beds. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own herb container perfect for a sunny spot near the kitchen door! This is an excellent companion workshop to Phoenix Fresh Veggies. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Unusual and Heirloom Varieties | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 21st, 10am-12pm | $18 | You can’t eat much more locally than your own back yard! Shelley will introduce you to tons of cool, unusual and heirloom vegetables which could include purple or pink tomatoes, rainbow-coloured greens, squash and cucumbers that grow on bushes, spinach that grows on vines, blue squash and potatoes, white pumpkins, 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. This is an excellent companion workshop to Phoenix Fresh Herbs. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

KIDS SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Veggies FOR KIDS!: Plant Up a Container with Fun and Funky Edibles | Instructor: Shelley | Sun May 22nd, 1-3pm | $18 for one parent and one child, $5 per additional child/parent | Parent participation required. | There is nothing like growing your own vegetables as a child to encourage healthy eating, to build a strong relationship with living things, and to experience the joys and flavours of eating locally. That line was for the parents. This is for the kids: How would you like to grow your own crazy and fun veggies in your own backyard? In this workshop we'll show you purple, pink and yellow tomatoes, rainbow-coloured greens, squash and cucumbers that grow on bushes, spinach that grows on vines, blue squash and blue potatoes, white pumpkins, peas with blue pods, white eggplants, and much more. Then you'll get to plant up your own veggie container to grow at home! Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | The Buzz of Beneficials: Plant Up a Container to Attract Butterflies, Birds and Hummingbirds to your Garden | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sat May 28th, 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. This is a kid-friendly workshop for older children 10 and up if a parent would like to attend with their child. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | The Fragrant Garden: Planning for Year-Round Olfactory Bliss | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sun May 29th, 1-3pm | $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.

June

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sat June 4th, 10am-12pm | $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.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sun June 5th, 1-3pm | $18 | The popularity of ornamental grasses continues to grow as gardeners discover their many virtues. Come to this informative talk and learn what grasses can do for you and your garden. You'll get tips on using them for best effect in your garden design and in containers. As well, you'll be introduced to several cultivars you might not have seen before. Participants will then have the opportunity to plant up their own container featuring grasses and other companion plants. P lease bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

KIDS SERIES | Kool Plants for Kids | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat June 11th, 10-11am | $10 | Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis has been fascinated by the world of plants since he was a little boy. In this workshop participants will be introduced to all kinds of cool plants like carnivorous plants that eat bugs, plants that smell like chocolate or peanut butter, plants that are fun to touch and feel, and plants with cool names and fun stories. Each kid will go home with a free present from Gary to start their plant collections. Parents may listen in to the workshop or browse the nursery while their kids are having all the fun!

CONTAINER SERIES | Colour Without Flowers?: Create a Technicolour Container with Fantastic Foliage | Instructor: Belinda | Sun June 12th, 10am-12pm | $18 | Never before have there been so many options for amazing foliage plants. Belinda will introduce you to a wide range of plants with great foliage that add invaluable colour to the garden. She will also talk about artfully combining foliage for maximum impact in both the garden and containers. Participants will then have the opportunity to plant up their own container with fantastic foliage plants. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Summer | Instructor: Shelley | Sat June 18th, 10am-12pm | $16 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for summer? Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the two other sessions: Spring and Fall and Winter.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Sizzling Succulents: Drama, Structure and Intrigue with Succulent Foliage | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sun June 19th, 1-3pm | $16 | Sit down with Gary for an introduction to the fascinating world of succulents for the garden. Gary will focus on a variety of hardy and non-hardy plants including Agave, Echeveria, Aeonium, Yucca, Dasylirion, Sempervivum and Sedum. Few plants can offer such structure, drama and intrigue as succulents in the garden.

September

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 3rd, 10am-12pm | $16 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the two other sessions: Spring and Summer.

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 17th, 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) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 24th, Two workshops 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 but not the plants you use.

 

Instructor Biographies

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

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

Raymond J. Evison is a world renowned nurseryman, lecturer, author and photographer. He is one of the most famous clematis breeders in the world. In his lifetime he has introduced over 100 clematis species and cultivars. His Guernsey Clematis Nursery remains one of the largest specialist producers of young clematis plants and supplies plants worldwide. Evison’s most recent clematis introductions have focussed on compact cultivars more suitable for small gardens.

He has written four books on Clematis including  “Clematis for Small Spaces” (2007) which earned him the Garden Media Guild award for Reference Book Of The Year.

He is a council member of the Royal Horticultural Society. In 1995 he was awarded RHS Victoria Medal of Honour for his outstanding service to British Horticulture. This was followed by an OBE (2000) for services to Horticulture. His displays at the RHS Chelsea Garden Show have earned 8 consecutive gold medals.  For more information, refer to his website at www.raymondevisonclematis.com.

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

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.

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

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. We cannot offer credits, however, unless you let us know 3 days in advance of your workshop that you cannot attend.


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Special Events in 2011

At Phoenix Perennials we love special events! With our Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend, which we just held, we will offer seven special events this season including a new event entitled The Christmas Hurrah! celebrating the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights!

The Clematis Conundrum... | Friday through Sunday April 15th-17th, 2011 | So many clematis, so little time! Featuring over 100 different Clematis and other vines plus free workshops by famed clematis breeder Raymond Evison and our own Belinda Cardoso.

The Great Easter Plant Hunt: An Easter "egg" hunt for gardeners | Easter Sunday April 24th, 2011 | 10 am SHARP! | Introduce your inner child to the gardener in you and skip on down to the nursery for some fun and fabulous prizes! The Easter Plant Bunny will be visiting Phoenix Perennials and hiding lots of eggs in all the nooks and crannies of the nursery. You're going to have to be quick to find the eggs before other gardeners do! Then crack them open to find a prize inside each one! There are more than $1500 in prizes to be won including gift certificates, discount coupons, plants, t-shirts and chocolates!

May Maple Mania | Friday through Sunday May 6th to 8th, 2011 | Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples plus a free workshop by maple expert and UBC Botanical Garden Associate Director Doug Justice.

Mothers' Day Free* 'Entertainer' Lily | Saturday and Sunday May 7th and 8th, 2011 | Mom's need beautiful things and Phoenix Perennials is here for Moms on Mothers' Day. On Mothers' Day weekend come on down, show us that you're a Mom or Grand Mom by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free 'Entertainer' lily as a thank you for raising the next generation of gardeners. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

Fathers' Day Free* "Guy-Lardia" | Saturday and Sunday June 18th and 19th, 2011 | Show us that you're a Dad or Grand Dad by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free "Guy-Lardia" (otherwise known as Gaillardia or blanket flower) as a thank you for raising the next generation. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

The Summer Sizzle | Friday to Sunday July 8th, to 10th, 2011 | 10am-5pm | Celebrate the botanical glories of high summer | Come enjoy free workshops, special displays from our annual Great Plant Combinations Contest, our display gardens in full bloom and specially priced plants.

The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 2nd to 4th | 10am - 5pm | Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights. The nursery will reopen for one weekend at the start of December for sales of the amazing Christmas rose and other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection. A tradition in Europe for decades, these hellebores can be enjoyed like pointsettias inside the house and given as gifts at Christmas parties. They can then be planted in the garden in spring for years of Christmas cheer.

Mark your calendars!


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Opening Weekend 2011
The Hellebore Hurrah!
ROUND UP

Well, fellow gardeners, there have been few times in the previous seven seasons of the nursery when I have been more reminded of the fact that all of us in the nursery business are simply glorified farmers just as vulnerable to the vagaries of the weather as any other farmer! What a weekend we had in terms of weather! There was nothing to do but power on, make the best of it and try to stay warm!

The two nights prior to the Hellebore Hurrah! saw night time temperatures dropping to -5 and then -8 (on the eve of the Hurrah!). Even with our emergency heat, the hellebores still looked halfway to limp spaghetti each morning. The gorgeous sun on Friday morning had the hellebores perked up for the unveiling of the Hurrah! by the time our 10am opening came around. They were a sight to behold - thousands of hellebores neatly arranged on their tables, blooming their hearts out, and waiting for gardeners to come love them. It was a fun, boisterous day filled with lots of delight and hundreds of happy people. Though temperatures were around freezing outside, it was a toasty warm +10 to +15 inside the greenhouse.

Saturday brought further weather challenges with freezing temperatures and no sun to warm the greenhouse. Brrr. Then the wind came up from the east roaring through the nursery. Then the flurries started to fly! Oh my! Though less people came, we were surprised and gratified that so many brave souls soldiered on and got themselves to the Hurrah! Unfortunatley both the wind and the snow continued to increase throughout the day.

All night Saturday I sat at home watching the snowstorm deliver six inches of white fluffy stuff in my yard and slightly less at the nursery. Mother Nature thinks she has a sense of humour. Not funny, Mother Nature! It was a quiet day at the nursery on Sunday both because the snow muffled the sound and because not many of you were able to make it under the road and weather conditions. At a certain point I had nothing to do and I was feeling a bit depressed so I decided to shop! I already have 100 hellebores in my garden and had previously decided I would limit myself to just one or two hellebores this year. I was ruthless in my selection process but another 5 or 6 hellebores came home with me that day.

We decided that we would keep the Hurrah! all set up in our greenhouse for the following week and weekend which allowed many people who got snowed out to experience our premiere event. Lots of you came, especially this past weekend.

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

We still have a huge selection of choice hellebores even now so if you weren't able to make it to the Hurrah! or if you need more hellebores, we've got 'em! Come down to the nursery through March and immerse yourself in the world of hellebores. Always remember that at this time of year as we wait for spring to arrive:

Hellebores = Hope

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Our hellebore bowl frozen solid and covered in snow on Saturday.
The Phoenicians all excited just before opening on Friday.
The greenhouse all set up just before opening on Friday. Shelley's Recipe for a Fabulous Pot in the foreground.

The Helleborus Gold Collection with 'Pink Frost' in front.

The greenhouse filled with shoppers on Friday.

 


5.

Charity Shopping Weekends 2011
Announcing this Year's Charities

Congratulations to this year's charities who will have the opportunity to raise much-needed funds for their causes by encouraging their supporters to visit the nursery and shop. Charity Shopping Weekends are a way for Phoenix Perennials to give back to the community while helping to introduce gardeners to our nursery. Each month one charity or group of charities has been selected to participate in a Weekend. During that Saturday and Sunday 25% of each purchase made by a customer who tells us they are there for that charity's Weekend will be donated to the charity. Since 2004 we have raised over $8800 for local charities and institutions.

April 30th & May 1st A Loving Spoonful
May 14th & 15th, 2011 The French Immersion Schools of the Lower Mainland (CPF)
May 28th & 29th, 2011 The Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS)
June 11th & 12th, 2011 The South Van GoGo Grannies for the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign
July 2nd & 3rd, 2011 The Richmond Schoolyard Society
The Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre
The Kitsilano Community Garden Community
Sept 17th & 18th, 2011 The Arts Council of Richmond
The Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA)

 


6.

Fabulous at Phoenix
Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store

Summer Bulbs

In this installment of Fabulous at Phoenix we highlight our selection of summer bulbs which we have recently received at the nursery. Our summer bulbs are exciting and intriguing and include a wide range of towering "tree" lilies, unique dahlias, fancy double oriental lilies, and various other scrumptious bulbs. Summer bulbs add colour and pizzazz to the late spring through fall garden. They often sport bright colours or unique forms. Some, like lilies and tuberoses, offer height and intoxicating fragrance.

"Tree" Lilies: Does the combination of the words "tree" and "lily" grab your attention? It should. Especially if you like plants with stature. These OT Hybrid lilies are crosses between Oriental and Trumpet lilies. In their first year they will grow up to 3-4 feet. In their second year they will reach 5-6 feet. By their third year in the garden these lilies can reach as high as 6-8 feet in height. Not only that but mature stems can have 15-20 or more huge, colourful, fragrant flowers. Oh my!

These lilies are easy to grow and will form baby bulbs that will quickly mature into flowering plants. Plant bulbs nice and deep in rich soil with good moisture in full or part sun.

'Lavon'
'Anastasia'
'Honeymoon'
'Debbie'
'Friso'

 

Unique Dahlias: Dahlias are hot! Different groups of plants come in and out of style. Four or five years ago dahlias weren't that popular. But owing to the availability of the burgundy-leaved cultivars, which are so ornamental even when not in flower, and to other new and unique flower forms, dahlias are experiencing a resurgence. Their rising popularity might also be related to the trends of heirloom cultivars and old-fashioned plants which hark back to simpler times when everyone had vegetable and flower gardens in the back yards.

These dahlias can be grown in pots or in the garden. If grown in pots they can be grown individually or in combination with other perennials for a fantastic colour combination all summer long. To overwinter, leave the dahlias in their pots, allow them to dry out and move them to a protected shed, basement or cool greenhouse where they can be dormant but not experience too much freezing.

If grown in the garden you have two options for overwintering:

1. Lift your dahlia tubers and store in dry peat moss in a cool, frost-free location or

2. Leave them in the ground with a mulch of 1 foot of leaves as long as the location is a raised bed with free-draining soils in full sun. Dahlias will often overwinter outside in our climate though there can be losses due to over-moist soils or deep cold snaps.

'Lambada'
'Blue Bayou'
'Chocolate and Candy'
'Lorana Dawn'
'Edge of Joy'
'Mary Eveline'
'Pooh'
'Fascination'
'Honka Blend'
'Pink Isa'

 

Double Oriental Lilies: Combining the allure and sweet spicy fragrance of their single counterparts with rich colours and a double or even triple set of petals, these double Oriental lilies are a stunning addition to our options in garden lilies. They are easy to grow in rich, free-draining soils in full (or part) sun. The flowers are huge and may take a year or two in the garden to reach their full size! 'Lodewijk' has pure white petals striped with bright lime green. 'Distant Drum' has rose-pink petals. 'Magic Star' is a bicolour lily with rich deep pink and white petals.

'Lodewijk'
'Distant Drum'
'Magic Star'

In lilies we also have Tiger 'Flore Pleno', Tiger 'Hiawatha', 'Scarlet Delight', and the rare L. nepalense.

Unique Bulbs

In addition to the exciting summer bulbs above we also have a host of other intriguing options including: Acidanthera murielae, Alocasia plumbea 'Nigra', Bessera elegans, Calochortus Mix, Crinum 'Alfa', Dichelostemma 'Pink Diamond', Gladiolus 'Atom', Ismene festalis, Nerine bowdenii, Polianthes tuberosa, Polianthes tuberosa 'The Pearl', Sprekelia formosissima, Tigridia Mix, Trillium erectum, Trillium grandiflorum, Trillium luteum, Tritonia Mix, Zantedeschia 'Black Forest'.

Most of these bulbs are currently in stock though a few are still on their way. Please call to confirm if you're looking for something specific.

 


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

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

Opening Dates and Hours
February 25th, 2011 until October 31st, 2011
10am-5pm


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