Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid May 2013

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
Mid May 2013

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

It's peak gardening season and the nursery is looking fantastic, if I do say so myself! You've got to come see it. And it looks different every week with new plants from our production side coming ready all the time!

In this issue we are pleased to announce that we have won a national award for our efforts related to "Growing Gardeners". We are also excited about the upcoming National Plastics Recycling Week at the end of June. Start saving your recyclable plastics.

Brazelberries are the hottest edible item this year for gardens and patios. We currently have the raspberry 'Raspberry Shortcake' in stock and we are taking orders for the two blueberries for August pick-up. Learn about BrazelBerries and how to order them below.

If you love Mighty Mato grafted tomatoes the you'll love the Mighty Veggies grafted eggplants and peppers. Get them this Friday onwards and learn about them below..

There are also announcements or updates on Phoenix Perennials Mail Order, our exciting workshop schedule, our upcoming Charity Shopping Weekends, the Perennial Plant Association's Public Day.

Last but not least don't miss a huge installment of Fabulous at Phoenix.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

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Perennial Plant Association Symposium
Public Seminar Day

Sunday July 21st, 2013
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver
Featuring Six Incredible Speakers from Vancouver and across North America. Details Below.

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Phoenix Perennials wins National Award for "Growing Gardeners" -- Phoenix Perennials was selected as the winner in the category of “Growing Gardeners” at the Chrysler Garden Centre of the Year Awards for our efforts in 2012...
2. Pre-Order BrazelBerry Blueberries and Raspberries for August -- Brazelberries are the hottest edible item this year for gardens and patios.
3. National Plastics Recycling Week June 21st to July 1st -- During National Plastics Recycling Week Phoenix Perennials will be collecting nursery plastics for recycling. Bring your nursery plastics down to the nursery and deposit them in the designated bins...
4. Workshops 2013: Come Learn with Us -- This is our most exciting year ever with tons of new workshops...
5. Mighty Veggies -- If you love the Mighty Matos then you'll love the Mighty Veggies -- grafted peppers and eggplants...
6. Mail Order Across Canada -- A new frontier for Phoenix Perennials -- the rest of Canada! We have now launched our Mail Order Shopping cart system and orders are already coming in from across the country!
7. Perennial Plants and Design: A Perfect Combination -- A one-day seminar, presented by the Perennial Plant Association, for the benefit of home gardeners, master gardeners, professional gardeners, green industry professionals, and landscape enthusiasts.
8. Charity Shopping Weekends: Help Local Charities by Shopping for Plants at Phoenix! -- Since 2004 Phoenix Perennials has donated over $12,000 to local charities and institutions. Help them earn more!
9. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendardar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Description
Sat-Sun June 15-16
Fathers' Day Free* "Guy-Lardia"
Free Gaillardias for Dads and Granddads on Fathers' Day. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.
Fri-Sun July 13-15
The Summer Sizzle
Celebrate the botanical glories of high summer with specially priced plants and other surprises.
Sat
Sept 7
The Heirloom Tomato Festival
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!
Fri-Sun
Dec 6-8

The Christmas Hurrah!
Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights with workshops and DIY projects. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!

 

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE EXCITING WORLD OF PHOENIX PERENNIALS
FACEBOOK PAGE
Lots of hot updates, pictures and great content. Be the first to know about everything Phoenix! Have a look! You'll love it.


 
TWITTER
Get your Phoenix updates through Twitter.
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YOUTUBE
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be notified of new videos as soon as they are published. We uploaded 24 videos in our first year!
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PINTEREST
If you haven't yet discovered Pinterest, you're going to love it! Pinterest allows you to create boards on which you pin images from all over the internet so you can organize them in one place. We've created our own boards of inspiring images. You can follow our profile and our boards to keep up to date on our new pins!
Phoenix Perennials on Pinterest

 

New Furniture at Phoenix Perennials

Our most craft-talented Phoenician Kate did up this fantastic succulent chair. Come down and check it out but please don't sit on the furniture! View the Full Photo Album.


1.

Phoenix Perennials wins National Award
for “Growing Gardeners”
with Dynamic Workshops and Online Content

Phoenix Perennials was selected as the winner in the category of “Growing Gardeners” at the Chrysler Garden Centre of the Year Awards for our efforts in 2012. This category recognizes our work to encourage gardening in the community.

“The judges commented that they were impressed with Phoenix Perennials' focus on promoting perennials and that education was such a key focus for the nursery,” says Canadian Nursery Landscape Association representative Rebecca Doutre. “They felt that Phoenix Perennials was doing a lot of unique things to entice customers into the store, including the workshops that they offer.”

“We have always been dedicated to education at Phoenix Perennials,” says Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis. “We offer about 30 different workshops a year on diverse topics, I give up to 15 garden club and garden show talks a year and we have lots of online content with our e-newsletter, email alerts, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. We are also dedicated to one on one education and are always happy to meet any gardener at whatever level they are currently at in their gardening expertise.”

Lewis also says that he tries to focus on encouraging gardening among different generations of gardeners.

“For kids we offer fun workshops where they can learn about plants and be creative. Last year kids could make Princess or Yoda gardens. This year we are making Harry Potter gardens. For Gen X and Gen Y we are working to up the “cool” factor of our workshops with living walls, cocktail gardening and lots of food-related topics like combining chocolate and berries you can grow in your garden and Tomato Tastings. We are also maintaining an active presence on social media. For adults we are also trying to keep our offerings diverse and interesting. They will be intrigued by our cutting edge workshops but will also appreciate workshops like our Gardening 101 and 201 classes that teach you the basics of growing perennials and woody plants.”

The Chrysler Garden Centre of the Year Awards are part of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association’s National Awards of Excellence program. The awards help recognize the professional work of the Association’s retail members in various categories which include Growing Gardeners, Growing the Environment, and Growing Sales, among others.

Dedicated to constant innovation, Phoenix Perennials has created even more dynamic workshops this year including workshops on Cocktail Gardening with award-winning bartender David W. from West Restaurant, Strawberries and Chocolate with chocolatier Cathy Cheung from Sinfully the Best Chocolate Shop, Harry Potter Gardens for Kids, Backyard Bee Keeping, Making Pickles and Vinegars, Preserving Veggies and Fruit, Tomato Tastings at the Heirloom Tomato Festival and much more.

Full workshop details and registration links can be found below in our workshop listing or at www.phoenixperennials.com.


2.

Pre-Order BrazelBerry
Blueberries and Raspberries for August!

Brazelberries are the hottest item this year for gardens and patios. They are dwarf berry bushes (two blueberries and one raspberry) that can be grown in pots or in the garden. They are attractive plants that produce tons of fruit. What could be better than fresh blueberries and raspberries right from your own garden?

We currently have the raspberry 'Raspberry Shortcake in stock available on a first come basis. We are taking orders for the two blueberries for August delivery. Details below.

More Information and Ordering

Blueberry 'Jelly Bean'

This little blueberry wonder is prolific - producing a bumper crop of large, flavorful blueberries mid-summer with super sweet flavor like homemade blueberry jelly. Brilliant green new foliage emerges in spring which gives way to darker greens with red hues throughout the summer and fall. In cooler climates, summer brings radiant red leaf edges along the sides of the leaves contrasted by the clusters of blue summer fruit.

Containers, mini hedges or mixed shrub plantings.

1.5g pot. $21.99 + GST

Blueberry 'Peach Sorbet'

A four-season showstopper, this compact blueberry is stunning with leaves ranging from peach to pink to orange to emerald green. Spring's white, bell-shaped flowers will give way to an abundant summer crop of healthy, sweet blueberries mid-summer. In most climates, Peach Sorbet keeps its leaves through the winter when the foliage transitions to a rich eggplant purple.

Use in containers, in mixed borders or as a mini hedge of beautiful foliage and edible delight!

1.5g pot. $21.99 + GST

Raspberry 'Raspberry Shortcake'

Available now at the nursery or pre-order for August!

This revolutionary, thornless raspberry is a little dwarf of a raspberry with an endearing compact growth habit that thrives in patio pots or in your landscape. For the first time ever, whether you have an urban balcony or a country estate, you can savour the experience of fresh raspberries from your own plants.

This carefree thornless raspberry is perfect for children and adults. All will love harvesting healthy fruit right from your patio containers or the garden!

2.5 gallon pot. $44.99 + GST

More Information and Ordering

 

 


3.

National Plastics Recycling Week
June 21st - July 1st, 2013

During National Plastics Recycling Week Phoenix Perennials will be collecting nursery plastics for recycling. Bring your nursery plastics down to the nursery and deposit them in the designated bins.

Special Note: This year pots must be separated from flats. Please pay attention to the signs when depositing your plastics. We participate in this program as volunteers to improve our environment. If everyone follows the directions then our staff won't have to do too much extra work.

Please do not bring plastics before or after these dates.

 

We can only accept: We cannot accept:
  • Plastic garden pots
  • Plastic flats/trays
  • Plastic plant tags
  • Irrigation pipe
  • Greenhouse poly
  • Fertilizer bags
  • Soil bags
  • Clay
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Edging
  • Hoses
  • Tools
  • Trash
  • Filled Containers
All plastics and containers must be empty of soil and plant material and they should be dry. Phoenix Perennials is volunteering our time and space for this important initiative. Please help us to keep everything organized and to keep non-recyclable items out of the bins.
We will not be accepting recyclables before or after the designated dates.

 


4.

Workshops and Classes at the Nursery in 2013

Our Most Exciting Year Ever!

Welcome to our 2013 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering over 30 different classes on a wide range of gardening topics including Cocktail Gardening, Moon Gardens, Harry Potter and Hungry Hobbit Gardens for Kids, Haute Couture Gardening, Living Walls, Keeping Honeybees, combining Chocolate and Fruit, growing and preserving edibles, and much more!

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

 

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

May

NEW! CONTAINER SERIES | By the Light of the Moon: Create a Nighttime Garden Haven | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 25th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Do you lead a busy life without many daylight hours to enjoy your garden or patio? Why transform a part of your garden, patio or balcony into an elegant display that will delight your senses under the light of the moon? Shelley will discuss various elements including colour, scent, light and sound and introduce some of the many perennials, shrubs and vines as well as annuals to create an oasis where you can sit and relax at the end of the day. You will then look at plant combinations and create a fabulous container you can take home and enjoy on your patio or balcony. Note: Please bring your own pot. A large black or dark coloured container is most suitable for this class. More Info and Register Online!
   
NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | How Sweet It Is: An Introduction to the World of the Honey Bee and Backyard Bee Keeping | Bob Fisher, West Coast Bee Supply | Sun May 26th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Bees are some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet and they make one of the sweetest and most beloved of foods. They are also responsible for the pollination of countless crops, especially fruit trees and berry bushes. With the relaxing of by-laws in many municipalities many homeowners are now allowed to keep bees in their own backyards. Join local bee expert Bob Fisher of West Coast Bee Supply as he introduces you to the world of the honeybee and gives you some advice on the basics of backyard bee keeping. Bob will bring one of his own thriving beehives to the nursery to introduce you to the honeybee up close and personal! More Info and Register Online! You might want to go for lunch after this workshop and then return for the next workshop on Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbird Planters.
   
CONTAINER SERIES and KIDS SERIES | Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds: Plant Up a Pot to Attract Winged Visitors | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 26th, 1-3pm | $14 (adult without child), $14 for one parent and one child, $5 per additional child | Parent participation required. | In this workshop you'll learn how to attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and beneficial insects to your garden through the careful selection of beautiful plants loved by our favourite garden visitors. Then you'll plant up a container designed to attract for favourite garden wildlife. 
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.
More Info and Register Online! If you're coming to this workshop you won't want to miss the honeybee workshop earlier in the morning.

 

June

NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Strawberries and Chocolate: Learn How to Combine Chocolate and Fruit for Delectable Situations | Instructor: Cathy Cheung, Sinfully the Best | Sat June 1st, 10am-12pm | $20 | Join Cathy Cheung from Steveston’s notable chocolate shop Sinfully the Best (www.sinfullythebest.com) for this sweet extravaganza of fruit and chocolate. Cathy will teach you how to take fruit and herbs that you can grow in your garden or pick up from local farmers and create simple but incredible deserts. You’ll learn how to temper chocolate to make chocolate-dipped berries, how to make fruit and berry truffles, herbal infused truffles and fruit and berry chocolate ganache to put over cakes. Most importantly everyone will get to sample these incredible creations! More Info and Register Online!
   
NEW! KIDS SERIES | Miniature Gardens for Kids: Make your own Harry Potter Garden | Instructor: Kate | Sun June 2nd, 10am-12pm | $12 (Instruction) + $18 (All materials, pot and plants) = $30 | Parent participation recommended for younger children. | Calling all boy wizards and girl witches! In this workshop you'll get to plant up your own Harry Potter Garden complete with Harry, Ron and Hermione, some cool plants, a Hogwarts castle and the Black Lake! You'll also learn some charms and spells to keep your garden growing! Bring your best friends to have a magical good time! Recommended for children ages 4-12. A parent or guardian should be present with the younger children but are not necessary for the older children. More Info and Register Online!

NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant | Sun June 2nd, 2-4pm | $25 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed West Restaurant in Vancouver for an afternoon of learning how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present different edibles from the garden and discuss how to grow them. Then David will show you how to muddle and mix and infuse and shake and stir them into fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss! Plus you’ll get to sample his creations! More Info and Register Online!

NEW! CONTAINER SERIES | From Garden to Vase: The Art and Technique of the Bouquet | Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat June 8th, 10am-12pm | $50 | Considerable time is spent designing our gardens. Each year we reflect and dream into the coming season. We change, rearrange, multiply, and walk the perimetre of our imagined garden constantly. This workshop will extend this design obsession and pull your imagination into the vase. We will explore a variety of techniques, primarily the infinite possibilities of “bouquet” that will extend your experience of garden design into the exploration of “floral design”. The workshop will also discuss great plants for cut flowers with Phoenix owner Gary Lewis, conditioning techniques, and container ideas. Each participant will design and create their own beautiful florist-quality bouquet to take home with them under the watchful eye and patient instruction of Diane Levings from Full Bloom Flowers (www.fullbloomflowers.ca). More Info and Register Online!

NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Endless Summer: 365 Days of Berries and Fruit | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat June 8th  2-4pm | $14 | Do you long for the sweet taste of summer at times of the year when summer is just a faraway dream? Take heart, fellow foodies, you can enjoy the bounty of summer berries and fruit year-round with some simple skills and a little planning. Your instructor Cathy will teach you about the different ways to preserve fruit and berries such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, cherries, and much more. She will discuss preserving through canning, drying and freezing and tell you which processes are best for each particular fruit. She will show you the equipment you will need and demonstrate the different preservation techniques. She will then give you some recipe ideas for using your preserved fruits and berries long after summer has passed. More Info and Register Online!
   
NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | A Perfect Pickle: Flavoured Vinegars and Pickled Veggies | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat June 15th, 2-4pm | $14 | Cathy will teach you the art and skills of pickling veggies including cucumbers, carrots and beans. She will also discuss how to make flavoured vinegars with different combinations of herbs and fruit that you can use for salad vinaigrettes, spreads, sauces and marinades. Cathy will share with you some of her favourite recipes for flavoured vinegars and pickles. If you want to liven up your cooking and preserve the bounty of your garden for eating all winter long then you won’t want to miss this workshop. More Info and Register Online!

 

September

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 7th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm | $12 + $18 included Party Mix = $30 | If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event...! | More Info and Register Online!

NEW! SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 7th, 3:30-5:30pm | $14 | In this workshop you’ll learn about the different types of tomatoes and how to preserve them for future eating, including which methods are best for which types of tomatoes... More Info and Register Online!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 14th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? More Info and Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 21st, 10am-12pm | $14 | Meet the spring blooming wonders that you can include in your garden and in pots including a number of uncommon but exciting possibilities... More Info and Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 28th, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year... | More Info and Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Evergreen Sculptures: Year-Round Interest with Dwarf Conifers in the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Lisa O’Donnell | Sat Sept 28th, 2-4pm | $14 | Hold court with our Conifer Queen and learn about the incredible world of dwarf conifers. More Info and Register Online!

 

December

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Christmas Rose Indoor Container Project | Fri Dec 6th to Sun Dec 8th, 1-3pm | $30 + tax includes one hellebore & all the fixings. | This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home or for gifts for friends and family! More Info and Register Online!

NEW! SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Advanced Wreath Making Workshop: Beyond the Expected | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Fri Dec 6th, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials | For those with experience in making traditional wreaths (such as those who have already taken the Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop) Diane will lead you in a workshop that breaks all the rules... | More Info and Register Online!

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centrepiece Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sun Dec 8th, 10am-12pm | $55 + tax includes all supplies except Bring Your Own Container or buy one at the workshop. | Grace your holiday table with a fantastic, florist-quality seasonal centrepiece... | More Info and Register Online!

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 7th, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest... | More Info and Register Online!

Instructor Biographies

For instructor biographies click here.

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance.

Online Registration: Registration for our workshops is now available online 24 hours a day seven days a week at the office, standing in line at the grocery store or lounging at home in your leisure wear. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. If you wish to register by other methods you will need to call the nursery at 604-270-4133.

Please bring a friend! Workshops are a great way to spend time with family and friends.


5.

Mighty Veggies
Grafted Peppers and Eggplants

If you love the Mighty Matos then you'll love the Mighty Veggies -- grafted peppers and eggplants that are more disease resistant, cold tolerant and produce way more fruit on a single plant. Here's a picture showing the difference.

 
The following varieties are arriving Friday at the nursery. Quantities are limited so don't hesitate.

Pepper 'Anaheim'

Pepper 'Chocolate Beauty'
Eggplant 'Ping Tung'
Pepper 'Big Bertha'
Pepper 'Jalapeno'
   

We still have a great selection of Mighty Matos in stock but they will mostly be gone after this weekend so come in soon!

 
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: If you love your tomatoes then you won't want to miss our annual Heirloom Tomato Festival this September. We'll have tomato fruit for sale, special displays and our popular tomato tastings which we run just like a wine tasting but with tomatoes! Spots fill up quick. You can register online. This is a great event to attend with groups of friends or family.
The Heirloom Tomato Festival
Saturday September 7th, 2013 | 10am-5pm |
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings.
Register Online for Tomato Tastings!
View images from last year's event!

We also have lots of non-grafted heirloom and cool modern tomatoes now in stock.


6.

Phoenix Perennials Mail Order
NOW LAUNCHED!

We are proud and excited to launch a new chapter in the story of Phoenix Perennials: Mail Order across Canada! Our mail order site is now open and ready to take orders offering over 400 (and soon to be over 500) cutting edge, rare and tried and true perennials and other garden plants to avid and discerning gardeners across Canada.

We need your help to get the word out across this great country of ours. Please let all of your friends and family across the country know that if they can't visit us in BC, we can ship to them anywhere in Canada!

Here's a look at our Mail Order page. Click on it to peruse our new online shopping experience!

 


7.

Perennial Plant Association Symposium
Perennial Plants And Design: A Perfect Combination
Public Seminar Day

Sunday July 21st, 2013
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver

A Note from Phoenix Perennials owner, Gary: The Perennial Plant Association is the North America-wide industry group that brings gardeners the Perennial Plant of the Year. I represent Canada on the Board of Directors and am the lead organizer for this year's Symposium taking place in Vancouver. The Annual Symposium is in a different location every year and comes to Canada once every seven years. Last time the Symposium was in Vancouver was in 1993! In addition to the professional program we have prepared a knock-out day of seminars for the gardening public with speakers from Vancouver and across North America. For details read below. I hope you'll join us and tell all your gardening friends!
Online registration is now open.

Registration Fee: The Registration fee is $89 USD through June 1 and $99 USD after June 1. Full time students pay $50 USD. ONLINE REGISTRATION or Download the Registration Form.

The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty -- David Culp, Sunny Border Nurseries, Inc., Downington, Pennsylvania

The Best of the Best: Edible Trees, Shrubs and Plants to Use in Your Landscape -- Senga Lindsay, Senga Designs, Vancouver, British Columbia

From Jewel Box Garden to Rural Estate: Creating a New Vision From Scratch -- Thomas Hobbs, Southland Nursery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Creative Solutions for Small Spaces -- Beth Edney, Designs By The Yard, Toronto, Ontario

New Plants From Canada’s Far East: Plant Breeding at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden -- Todd Boland, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Full Frontal Gardens -- Lucy Hardiman, Perennial Partners, Portland, Oregon

For more information, registration and speaker bios click here.


8.

Charity Shopping Weekends
Help Local Charities by Shopping for Plants at Phoenix!

What is a Charity Shopping Weekend?: Charity Shopping Weekends are a way for Phoenix Perennials to support local community organizations and initiatives while helping to introduce gardeners to our nursery. On a few times each gardening season a charity or group of charities is 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 $12,000 for local charities and institutions.

Upcoming Charity Shopping Weekends
May 25th & 26th, 2013 Community Builders

South Van GoGos

Spinal Cord Injury BC

Gilmore Elementary, Grade Seven Students‘ Quebec Trip 2014

Richmond Family Place Society

Inclusive Learning and Research, a division of Spectrum Society for Community Living

ONE TO ONE Literacy Society

The Community Arts Council of Richmond

CircusWest Performing Arts Society



June 1st & 2nd, 2013 Fur and Feathers

Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Bandaids for Bunnies Society

BC SPCA Vancouver

 


9.

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

The nursery is PACKED with cool plants.
The last installment of Fabulous at Phoenix was just the tip of the iceberg and so is this one.
Come see us soon! We have so much cool stuff.

 

New Kangaroo Paws Available Now at the Nursery
These amazing Australian plants have fuzzy tubular flowers in myriad colours that look like kangaroo paws. They bloom for months on end. Our cultivars are zone 9 hardy which means they can take some frost but should be a house plant or greenhouse plant in the winter. Totally worth it!

Anigozanthos 'Bush Tango' - Kangaroo Paw - Kangaroo paws have some of the most distinctive flowers in the botanical world with clusters of fuzzy tubular flowers that look like a kangaroo's paw and that bloom for months! 'Bush Tango' has flowers in shades of orange, apricot and red on stems up to three feet tall above iris-like mid-green foliage. Tolerant of some freezing but safest to bring plants inside to a greenhouse or as a houseplant in winter. Anigozanthos 'Cape Magenta' - Kangaroo Paw - Kangaroo paws have some of the most distinctive flowers in the botanical world with clusters of fuzzy tubular flowers that look like a kangaroo's paw and that bloom for months! 'Cape Magenta' has mid to deep pink flowers on stems to two feet tall above iris-like mid-green foliage. Tolerant of some freezing but safest to bring plants inside to a greenhouse or as a houseplant in winter.
Anigozanthos 'Bush Ranger' - Kangaroo Paw - Kangaroo paws have some of the most distinctive flowers in the botanical world with clusters of fuzzy tubular flowers that look like a kangaroo's paw and that bloom for months! 'Bush Ranger' has red flowers flaring to reveal green interiors. Flowers at two feet tall above iris-like mid-green foliage. Tolerant of some freezing but safest to bring plants inside to a greenhouse or as a houseplant in winter. Anigozanthos 'Bush Nugget' - Kangaroo Paw - Kangaroo paws have some of the most distinctive flowers in the botanical world with clusters of fuzzy tubular flowers that look like a kangaroo's paw and that bloom for months! 'Bush Nugget' has golden yellow flowers on red stems to two feet above iris-like mid-green foliage. Though tolerant of some freezing it would be safest to bring plants inside to a greenhouse or as a houseplant in winter.

 

New Hostas Available Now at the Nursery
The photos and descriptions below represent half of the new hostas available now. For the others you'll have to come down to check them out! But if you're really keen they include: 'Pandora's Box', 'Little Treasure', 'Pure Heart', 'Hudson Bay', 'Goodness Gracious', 'Beach Boy', 'Catherine', 'Autumn Frost' and 'First Frost'.!

Hosta 'Deja Blu' - An intriguing new hosta with blue-green leaves with a cream lightning bolt that dances between the centre of the leaf and the yellow margin. Light lavender flowers are produced on 18-20 inch scapes in early to midsummer. Fourteen inches high by 16 inches wide. A sport of 'Blue Boy'. Hosta 'Raspberry Sundae' - ‘Raspberry Sundae’ represents an exciting next step in the work to breed purple and red into hosta foliage. This lovely compact hosta has beautifully variegated leaves and striking deep burgundy petioles (leaf stems), leaf bases, and flower stalks. Flower colour is deep lavender purple in August.
Hosta 'Wheee!' - This distinctive hosta is unlike the vast majority of cultivars in this case sporting incredibly wavy leaf margins from leaf base to to leaf tip, even on young plants. 'Wheee!' is also variegated with cream margins and has lavender flowers in summer. Hosta 'White Feather' - This amazing hosta emerges with leaves ghostly white creating a striking spring display. As the leaves mature they warm a little into creamy yellow and then develop streaks of green amongst the white for a continuation of the unique foliage show. By summer the leaves go completely green. The show starts again the next spring! Lavender flowers.
Hosta 'Pure Heart' - This beautiful cultivar has the reverse variegation of 'Mighty Mouse' with small rounded leaves edged in blue green and centred with creamy yellow or creamy white. Lavender flowers in summer. Great for edging or in mass plantings. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one! Hosta 'Rainbow's End' - 'Rainbow's End' has one of the most unusual variegations seen in years. Dark green leaves are possessed of broad, gold, irregular stripes. The overall effect is a mound of shiny green feathered with gold.
Hosta 'Surfer Girl' - This all green miniature hosta has long, pointed leaves that are rippled like the waves of the ocean. Each leaf is only two inches long and one inch wide. Plants have a stoloniferous habit and will spread like H. venustum. Lavender flowers in summer. Great for edging or in mass plantings. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one! Hosta 'Ripple Effect' - This unique new hosta is a sport of the ever popular 'June'. It has long, narrow, wavy, gold leaves of thick substance with a narrow blue-green margin that occasionally jets towards the centre. In summer the foliage transitions to chartreuse with a green margin. Pale lavender flowers on chartreuse scapes.
Hosta 'Afterglow' - Impressive mounds of heart shaped leaves centred with blue green and edged in striking yellow that later changes to bright green. Pale lavender flowers on chartreuse scapes. Hosta 'Andrew' - A unique tricolour hosta forming a medium to large mound of upright leaves with great character: they are corrugated, puckered, folded and ruffled. The foliage is blue-green with showy, wide, feathery white centres and green jetting between the centre and the margin. The white colouring extends down the leaf petiole and up the flower scapes that carry pale lavender flowers in summer.
Hosta 'Lakeside Paisley Print' - This incredibly unique hosta has large ripple-edged green leaves of heavy substance with distinctive feathers of yellow to creamy white radiating up the petioles and into the leaves. Cream colour scapes hold lavender flowers in summer. Hosta 'Half and Half' - This bold tricolour hosta has blue green leaves with large white centres and between each of these colours jets of green. These three colours remain bold and distinct throughout the season. White scapes rise in summer with near white flowers.
Hosta 'Prairie Sky' - The bluest hosta amongst the progeny of breeder Hans Hansen's work with thick foliage of heavy substance and a slight upward cup to the leaves. The depth of blue holds well into the warm summer months. Light lavender flowers in summer. Hosta 'Neptune' - This intriguing hosta emerges with narrow, pointed, blue leaves with prominent rippled edges reminiscent of a raging sea. By summer the foliage changes to a blue green. Foliage is thick and of good substance and with an attractive arching habit that makes this hosta perfect for planting on ledges, slopes and in containers. Lavender flowers on arching scapes.
Hosta 'Rubies and Ruffles' - Showy red leaf petioles support mid-green leaves edged with a distinctive ruffle in creamy yellow aging to creamy white. Lavender flowers held aloft by red scapes in summer. Hosta 'Rare Breed' - This gorgeous tricolor hosta has centres of yellow aging to creaming white surrounded by light green and then dark green. Foliage is slightly cupped when mature. Lavender flowers in summer.
Hosta 'Seducer' -- This big bold hosta has broadly ovate bluish green foliage edged in gold. Where these two colours meet there is a thin white line that develops later in the season. Near white flowers in summer. Hosta 'Wishing Well' -- This big bold blue hosta is like 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' with large, corrugated and puckered leaves that are strongly cupped upwards. These large tight clumps of leaves have a distinctive effect. The depth of blue holds well into the summer even when planted in bright conditions. Near white flowers in summer.

New Echinacea Available Now at the Nursery
All the new coneflowers for this year are now ready. Here they are in a parade of incredible flowers. This group contains some of the most unique colours every offered in Echinacea! Remember that all coneflowers should be planted in hot dry spots with crummy soil to be successful in our climate.

Echinacea 'Rosita' - Coneflower - 'Rosita' has a dwarf habit and high bloom count with soft pink and white flowers that have a showy center cone and reflexed petals. A member of the Prairie Pixies Series. Great in containers or the front of the border. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea 'Chiquita' - Coneflower - Echinacea 'Chiquita' has a naturally short habit, a high crown count, very large flowers for a dwarf and a lovely, soft yellow colour. As a container plant, 'Chiquita' is a star performer and in the garden nothing could light up the front of the border like this fragrant, easy to grow cultivar. A member of the Prairie Pixies Series. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea 'Meteor Red' - Coneflower - Lovely double red anemone-type flowers shoot upward from an upright, well-branched plant. Blooming heavily from summer until frost this compact plant is equally at home in containers or in the border and look great combined with grasses and other summer bloomers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Meteor Pink' - Coneflower - Exquisite double pink anemone-like flowers are held in an upright compact habit. Great branching produces multiple stems of bloom which can be used for small bouquets. These are the perfect plants for the middle of the border and the strong stems mean no staking will be needed. Great vigour and bloom power. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
Echinacea 'Glowing Dream' - Coneflower - Like 'Amazing Dream', this compact, floriferous coneflower also has E. tennesseensis breeding which imparts a great habit and a great crown. The flowers of 'Glowing Dream' are an intense, glowing, watermelon-coral. A fabulous landscape plant with great flower colour, habit and long bloom time.Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Cinnamon Cupcake' - Coneflower - A dwarf Echinacea with double flowers in a unique cinnamon red colour on plants that are short and extremely well branched offering copious numbers of flowers over a very long season. Fragrant. 'Cinnamon Cupcake' accompanies 'Cranberry Cupcake' in the Cupcake Series. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
Echinacea 'Ferris Wheel' - Coneflower - Like its cousin, 'Quills and Thrills', 'Ferris Wheel' has a strong, wagon wheel petal pattern with fluted petals. Emerging pale cream, the flowers develop a bright lemon coloured lip as they age. 'Ferris Wheel' features a stout, multi-crowned habit, and a very high flower count offering colour and interesting texture. Fragrant. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Sunbird' - Coneflower - 'Sunbird', like the other member of the Bird Series 'Firebird, has a wonderful habit, compact size and charming shuttlecock flowers with reflexed petals that are gold instead of red. The flowers have an unusually long life span and hold their colour well into fall with lots of repeat bloom. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
Echinacea 'Colorburst Orange' - Coneflower - 'Colorburst Orange' has exciting double tangerine orange flowers and a medium short, well-branched habit. The anemone type double flowers open with centres that are dark, then lime green then orange. First year plants are multistemmed with excellent vigor. Flowers are very large and stems are extra strong. Grows only a bit taller than a foot. Great for the front of the border. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Supreme Flamingo'- Coneflower - Very rich, coral and shrimp pink colours combine for an unbelievable exclamation of colour in the summer garden. Fully double, fragrant flowers with complimentary ray petals of rosy copper. Show this colour off with with a bright yellow or tone it down with some brooding purple. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea 'Supreme Elegance' - Coneflower - Stately and elegant, 'Supreme Elegance' was the inspiration for the Supreme Series. A lovely, deep rose-red center that enriches as the flower ages. The ray petals are star-like and are a bright mauve pink that also deepen in colour. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' - Coneflower - There is no other coneflower like this one. 'Supreme Cantaloupe' is just that: the colour of ripe cantaloupe! Imagine colour combinations with pink, magenta and blue. Fragrant. Part of the new Supreme Series of mid-size double-flowered coneflowers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
Echinacea 'Secret Glow' - Coneflower - 'Secret Glow' is a glowing school bus yellow. But it doesn't need a flashing stop sign to get your attention -- it stands out in a crowd for its unusual colour and its unusually high flower count, averaging 35 large flowers per plant in the first year! Fragrant. Part of the new Secret Series of mid-size double-flowered coneflowers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Secret Affair' - Coneflower - A marvelous double flower combining rich magenta-rose, mauve and lavender colours along with fragrance. Possessing a great low branching habit with exceptional foliage to the base of the plant. Part of the new Secret Series of mid-size double-flowered coneflowers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

 

New Heuchera Available Now at the Nursery
Hardly is there a group of plants more fabulous in foliage than the coral bells. Use them in pots, in the ground and in living walls.

Heuchera 'Glitter' - Coral Bells - 'Glitter' can be spotted a mile away with its mirror bright silver foliage and contrasting black veins. This heuchera sparkles like a glitter ball! The soft violet leaf back is as pretty as the top, but is rarely seen due to the ultra-neat habit of the plant. Fantastic bouquet type flowers of exotic fuchsia-pink. Heuchera 'Zipper' - Coral Bells - Brightly coloured, ever-changing orange, peach and pink foliage with serious ruffles, 'Zipper' looks to be a winner. The foliage is orange in spring and fall and golden amber in summer and winter, always with magenta backs showing. Compared to 'Marmalade' and 'Ginger Peach', the leaves are more ruffled, highly coloured, and glossy (rather than matte). Large leaves with better heat and humidity tolerance, as well as good cold tolerance.
Heuchera Little Cutie 'Sweet Tart' - Coral Bells - Bright, bold, lime coloured foliage in a tight mound topped with bicoloured rich cerise and pale pink flowers held on dark stems in wand-like clusters. Blooms all spring, summer, and fall. The Little Cutie series is a group of dwarf coral bells perfect for small containers, centrepieces, living walls and pathways. Heuchera 'Fire Alarm' - Coral Bells - A five alarm version of the immensely popular Heuchera 'Autumn Leaves'. Super vigorous, thick, leathery, glossy, red leaves pile up into a delightful mound of bold foliage that you can't miss! 'Fire Alarm' changes colours throughout the season. 'Fire Alarm' complements almost every section of the colour palette and can stand on its own without question. The reddest foliage of any Heuchera!
Heuchera 'Apple Crisp' - Coral Bells - 'Apple Crisp' has seriously crisped and rippled green leaves with a white veil. The combination of a tight, compact habit, lush green foliage and short white flowers make 'Apple Crisp' a useful coral bell even though it's not burgundy or orange like the other flashier cultivars. The Crisp Series features 'Blackberry Crisp', 'Apple Crisp', Pear Crisp' and 'Peach Crisp'. This series features cultivars in a range of colours with leaves that are highly dissected and rippled creating great textural effect. Heuchera 'Pear Crisp' - Coral Bells - 'Pear Crisp' has seriously crisped and rippled golden yellow to chartreuse green leaves and white flowers. The Crisp Series features 'Blackberry Crisp', 'Apple Crisp', Pear Crisp' and 'Peach Crisp'. This series features cultivars in a range of colours with leaves that are highly dissected and rippled creating great textural effect.
Heuchera 'Cherry Cola' - Coral Bells - Front of the border charm with lovely red brown leaves and rusty cherry red flowers. 'Cherry Cola' performs all year round. Something fizzy for the garden. One of three in the Soda Series with 'Root Beer' and 'Ginger Ale'. Heuchera 'Lipstick' - Coral Bells - Mounds of silver-veiled green leaves give rise to flower spikes of an intense lipstick red. These reblooming red flowers hark back to the old-fashioned coral bells, a time before all the fancy new fangled cultivars. The difference is that this is a new cultivar with new breeding, vigour and performance. Also great in the rock-garden and crevices of walls.
Heuchera 'Sugar Plum' - Coral Bells - Frosty plum-purple leaves make a tight mound of evergreen (in zone 6 and above) foliage. Silvery pink flowers rise 26" above the soil and frequently rebloom. A refreshing sight in summer! Heuchera 'Plum Royale' - Coral Bells - 'Plum Royale' is the first heuchera to have amazing, shiny purple leaves all summer! Winter foliage is silver with a purple tint. Wonderful as an accent or en masse. Pink-white flowers on dark peduncles, excellent vigour, and a mounding, compact habit.

 

New Heucherella Available Now at the Nursery
If you love the colours of the coral bells but garden in a shady situation then turn to the foamy bells or Heucherella. Their Tiarella parentage gives them more shade tolerance than the Heuchera.

Heucherella 'Glacier Falls' - Foamy Bells - 'Glacier Falls' features soft, fuzzy, blue green leaves and dark red veins that will trail 18 inches in all directions. A superb groundcover and stunning "spiller" in a container, this calm, cool and collected Heucherella is more subtle than some of its bolder compatriates with a frosted, cool appearance. A member of the Falls Series which includes 'Redstone Falls', 'Yellowstone Falls', 'Glacier Falls' and 'Sunrise Falls'. Heucherella 'Buttered Rum' - Foamy Bells - Caramel-dipped, deeply-cut and lobed maple-like leaves adorn this aptly named plant from spring to summer. In fall, the cool weather burnishes the leaves to a lovely rose red - a perfect complement to fall-planted containers. Grows into a medium sized mound that's perfect in the landscape.
Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' - Foamy Bells - Huge cinnamon stars at the centre of each leaf are surrounded by the loveliest orange tea coloured borders. A new instant classic for containers and garden. Undeniably the most intensely coloured heucherella ever! The big, palmately cut leaves darken in the summer and lighten up again in the fall. Its Heuchera villosa breeding gives it a big bold habit and heat and humidity tolerance. Heucherella 'Brass Lantern' - Foamy Bells - Outstanding vigour combined with brassy gold and red spring colour on maple shaped leaves. A beacon in the garden. Use this large, evergreen, landscape perennial in mixed beds, under high branching shrubs, or in a container. Spikes of white flowers on dark stems. Winter colour olive and brown. Best colour contrast with some shade.

 


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