Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: May 2013

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
May 2013

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

It's the height of the gardening season and with this beautiful weather it's time to make hay!

It's also time to celebrate Mothers this weekend during Mothers' Day. If you're a mom you qualify for a FREE 'Hotline' Oriental Lily. Details are below. We also have some great workshops perfect for Moms especially our Haute Couture Gardening workshop where you can pot up purses, pumps and boots with cool succulents!

There are two articles in this installment, one on Tillandsia air plants and the other on Mighty Mato grafted tomatoes.

You'll find info on the upcoming Palm Club Plant Sale.

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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Sunday July 21st, 2013
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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Mothers' Day Weekend at Phoenix Perennials -- Phoenix Perennials is the perfect place for Moms on Mothers' Day weekend...
2. Out on a Limb (and loving it!) with Tillandsia Air Plants -- Air plants or Tillandsia are bromeliads and relatives of pineapples. They hail from subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas including the southern US, the Caribbean and Central and South America...
3. Workshops 2013: Come Learn with Us -- This is our most exciting year ever with tons of new workshops...
4. Mighty Matos Grafted Tomatoes -- There's a new superhero in town and it's called the Mighty 'Mato. If you love heirloom and interesting modern tomatoes then you best pay attention...
5. 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!
6. Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society Annual Plant Sale -- On the Saturday of the long weekend the "palm club" will be at the nursery for their annual plant sale...
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
May 11-12
Mothers' Day Free* Lily
Free lilies for moms and grandmoms on Mothers' Day. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.
Sat
May 18
Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society Annual Plant Sale at Phoenix Perennials, 10am-5pm, www.hardypalm.org
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!

 

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1.

Mothers' Day Weekend
at Phoenix Perennials

Phoenix Perennials is the perfect place for Moms on Mothers' Day weekend. If you're a Mom then you deserve a trip to Phoenix (forward this email to your loved ones!). If you have a Mom that loves gardening, show her how much you care by bringing her to our beautiful nursery with one of the largest and most exciting selections of plants in Canada. We have lots of exciting events, workshops, special offers, pre-planted pots, purses, pumps and living walls in store to make the day special.

Mothers' Day Free* 'Hotline' Oriental Lily | Saturday and Sunday May 11th and 12th, 2013 | 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 'Hotline' Oriental lily as a thank you for raising the next generation of gardeners. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

 

Mothers' Day Weekend Workshops
There's nothing Moms love more than to spend time with their kids on Mothers' Day. Workshops are a great way to have some quality time and bond over a special project. We have three exciting workshops this weekend that are perfect for Moms.
 
CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 11th, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. 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!
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sat May 11th, 2-4pm | $14 + choice of shadowbox | Discover your inner artiste as you create a unique shadowbox "painting" using succulents such as hens and chicks, echeveria and sedums as your "paint" colours. This living wall can be hung on your sunny patio, balcony, gate or fence. Your friends will marvel at your creative talents! View images from last year. We will have various custom-made shadowbox options available for you to plant up and create your masterpiece. More Info and Register Online!
   
NEW! CONTAINER SERIES | Haute Couture Gardening: Purses and Pumps for Chic Displays | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 12th, 1-2pm | $14 + selection of purses and pumps ($24.99 each) | Strike a pose with fantastic moss-covered purses and pumps for a haut couture, prêt-à-porter, fashion show runway statement for your own backyard. Kate will show you a bunch of possibilities for potting up your purses and pumps and then you’ll get right down to glitzing them up and accessorizing them with succulents and other cool plants to make your very own fashion statement. Eat your heart out Versace! The price of the workshop includes your instruction and soil. The purses and pumps must be purchased separately. Please order them in advance. Additional purses and pumps will be available at the workshop if supplies last. The plants you choose for planting up are not included in any of the previous costs. More Info and Register Online!
   

 

Presents for Moms on Mothers' Day Weekend

In addition to our thousands of plants we also have pre-potted purses, pumps and boots, succulent wreaths, succulent bowls, air plants (tillandsias) and much more to make Mothers' Day memorable.

 


2.

Out on a Limb (and loving it!)
with Tillandsia Air Plants

Air plants or Tillandsia are bromeliads and relatives of pineapples. They hail from subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas including the southern US, the Caribbean and Central and South America. They grow in a variety of conditions from dry habitats to tropical forests. Tillandsia are epiphytes or lithophytes that grow on other plants or rocks. They can often be found festooning the branches of shrubs and trees. Though Tillandsia use these larger woody plants for support, they are not parasitic. They are just hitching a ride, so to speak.

Tillandsia live off what the air brings them: water in the form of rain and fog and nutrients from dust and plant and insect debris. They need no soil because water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves. Their small roots are only used to anchor them to woody branches.

The biology and ecology of air plants makes them perfect for versatile, easy-to-care-for botanical intrigue and creative design for the home and garden. You can literally stick them anywhere. Put them in any manner of glass vases, tumblers, martini glasses or globes. Attach them to bark or posts or walls or chandeliers or anything you can think of. Use them to decorate your bathroom, your kitchen, your patio, your balcony or your front gate.

All you have to do to keep them happy is to wet them down twice a week. You can spray them down with a hose, mist them with a spray bottle (though make sure you thoroughly wet them), soak them in the sink or take them into the shower with you. Some sources suggest soaking them in water for 1-2 hours once a week. Though they will survive without much fertilization a once a month soaking in a quarter strength fertilizer bath will encourage increased growth and flowering.

Though Tillandsia are from the tropics they are somewhat cold tolerant. Many of them can withstand low temperatures that remain above freezing. That being said, they are best as houseplants in the winter.

Tillandsia are amazing little plants. There are many different species with diverse foliage shapes and textures as well as interesting flowers. They are highly collectible and great for creative uses around the house. With air plants you are limited only by your own imagination!


3.

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

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 11th, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. 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!
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sat May 11th, 2-4pm | $14 + choice of shadowbox | Discover your inner artiste as you create a unique shadowbox "painting" using succulents such as hens and chicks, echeveria and sedums as your "paint" colours. This living wall can be hung on your sunny patio, balcony, gate or fence. Your friends will marvel at your creative talents! View images from last year. We will have various custom-made shadowbox options available for you to plant up and create your masterpiece. More Info and Register Online!
   
NEW! CONTAINER SERIES | Haute Couture Gardening: Purses and Pumps for Chic Displays | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 12th, 1-2pm | $14 + selection of purses and pumps ($24.99 each) | Strike a pose with fantastic moss-covered purses and pumps for a haut couture, prêt-à-porter, fashion show runway statement for your own backyard. Kate will show you a bunch of possibilities for potting up your purses and pumps and then you’ll get right down to glitzing them up and accessorizing them with succulents and other cool plants to make your very own fashion statement. Eat your heart out Versace! The price of the workshop includes your instruction and soil. The purses and pumps must be purchased separately. Please order them in advance. Additional purses and pumps will be available at the workshop if supplies last. The plants you choose for planting up are not included in any of the previous costs. More Info and Register Online!
   
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Summer | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 18th, 10am-12pm | $14 | 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. More Info and Register Online!
   
NEW! DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | An Edible Bounty: Secrets and Strategies for Year-Round Eating from your own Garden | Instructor: Cathy Heibert | Sat May 18th, 2-4pm | $14 | This workshop will focus on the planning and planting of your edible garden with fresh eating and preserving in mind. Whether in the veggie patch or in containers, Cathy will ask you first what you want to eat (including how much and how often!) and then teach you how to plan your planting to meet your culinary goals. She will introduce a variety of herbs and veggies, chat about how to grow them and then share techniques for preserving them for later eating including canning, freezing and drying. She will share some fun and easy recipes and ideas for cooking with fresh or preserved edibles. You can't eat much more locally than your own back yard! This workshop will put you on the path to success in the garden and in the kitchen! More Info and Register Online!
   
NEW! KIDS SERIES | Hungry Hobbit Veggie Gardens for Kids (and Frodo and Bilbo): Plant Up a Pot with Yummy Veggies | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 19th, 10am-12pm | $30 (Includes all plants and materials.) | Parent participation recommended for younger children. | Calling all hungry hobbits and their friends. Learn all about growing your own veggies the hobbit way which is to grow as much as possible! You'll get to plant up your own container with your choice of three veggies and then populate your garden with images of Frodo and Bilbo! More Info and Register Online!
   

CONTAINER SERIES | Evergreen Sculptures: Year-Round Interest with Dwarf Conifers in the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Lisa O’Donnell | Sun May 19th, 1-3pm | $14 | 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. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. More Info and Register Online!

   
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!

 

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.


4.

Mighty 'Matos Grafted Tomatoes

There's a new superhero in town and it's called the Mighty 'Mato. If you love heirloom and interesting modern tomatoes then you best pay attention to this new personality coming to gardens and patios near you!

Mighty 'Matos are grafted tomatoes. Just as is done with fruit trees or maples, a desirable tomato cultivar such as 'Sunsugar' or 'Black Krim' or 'Mortgage Lifter' is grafted onto a strong and vigorous tomato rootstock. The result is a more disease resistant, cold tolerant and vigorous tomato that produces 2-3 times more fruit than the same variety in its ungrafted form. This technique was pioneered by Log House Plants of southern Oregon, a well-respected leader in veggies, herbs and intriguing edibles for more than 30 years.

Last year was the first year that Mighty Matos were available. Many customers reported excellent results with big crops of tomatoes. Our friend Ken from Richmond just told me that he weighed every tomato off his grafted 'Brandywine' Mighty Mato and the one plant produced 100 POUNDS of tomatoes! I grew five plants at home and was overwhelmed by the production -- we had to freeze bags of tomatoes to eat through the winter. Some gardeners had some difficulties but on closer discussion the problems seemed to be related to not enough water or small containers rather than a problem with the Matos. Gardening is never 100% but these new tomatoes are proving to be worth it.

The larger crops can be particularly impressive for heirloom varieties which are not always as vigorous as modern strains. Heirlooms were bred for flavour and interesting shapes and colours and not necessarily for pumping out mountains of tomatoes. The Mighty 'Mato rootstock, however, provides a real boost in vigour and fruit production. And who doesn't need more delicious tomatoes from your own backyard?

   

We are offering 30 different varieties of Mighty Matos this year. They are: Amish Paste, Anaheim, Beefsteak, Berkeley Tie Dye, Big Bertha, Black Cherry, Black Krim, Brandywine, Bumble Bee Pink, Bumble Bee Purple, Bumble Bee Sunrise, Cherokee Purple, Chocolate Beauty, Chocolate Stripes, Early Girl, Green Zebra, Heatwave ll, Jalapeno, Legend, Manitoba, Momotaro, Mortgage Lifter, Pineapple, Ping Tung, San Marzano, Stupice, Sun Sugar, Sweet Million, Tangerine, Yellow Pear. Almost all of them will be available this weekend April 28 and 29, 2013.

 
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.


5.

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6.

Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society Annual Plant Sale
at Phoenix Perennials
Saturday May 18th, 10am-5pm, www.hardypalm.org

On the Saturday of the long weekend the "palm club" will be at the nursery for their annual plant sale. Get to the nursery early to scoop up the best plants. There are always lots of rare and unusual subtropicals to be had.

 


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 18th & 19th, 2013 Gardens and Urban Agriculture

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Growing Chefs!

Kerrisdale Community Garden

DIGS (DT Intercultural Gardeners Society)


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.
This installment of Fabulous at Phoenix is just the tip of the iceberg. Come see us soon!

Phygelius CandyDrops Deep Rose - Cape Fuchsia - Early blooming, rich, rose pink flower clusters in profusion with compact, dark green foliage from spring until fall! The CandyDrops Series was developed for growing in containers but they can also be used at the front of the border. Phygelius are vigorous, long-blooming, evergreen South African sub-shrubs (perennials with a woody base and stems that persist in mild winters). Use them in the perennial border or amongst shrubs. Attracts hummingbirds. Best in full sun with well-drained soil.

Tomato 'Green Zebra' - This zinging tomato has good acidity and is perfect for brightening up salads or salsas or for fresh eating.

We also have another 20 plus different varieties of heirloom and cool modern tomatoes and about 25 varieties of Mighty Mato grafted tomatoes. 'Green Zebra' is currently available in normal and grafted forms.

Passiflora 'Lavender Lady' - Passion Flower - A lovely lavender passion flower with reflexed petals. Quite floriferous. Somewhat cold hardy. Bury the stem 4 inches deep to improve winter hardiness. Passiflora caerulea - Hardy Blue Passion Flower - Hardly is there a flower that evokes a sense of the tropical more than the passion flowers. White and blue P. caerulea is hardy for us in the Lower Mainland, especially against a south facing wall or fence. Plant in well-drained soil that is not too moist or too rich to promote more flowers and less greenery. Edible, but not the most tasty, yellow fruit are produced if pollinators visit. Trick them into visiting, and create a nice plant combination, by growing up an irresistable Buddleia.
Jasminum officinale 'Fiona Sunrise' - Jasmine - ‘Fiona Sunrise’ is a lovely and still somewhat uncommon vine in our gardens. This summer jasmine has delicate compound leaves of bright gold which creates a folial show of both stunning texture and colour. The fragrant white blossoms are an added bonus. This is a good climber for a wall or pergola in a protected location. Plant with purple or pink flowered clematis or grow it through a purple-leaved smoke bush or the similarly textured Sambucus ‘Black Lace’! Hydrangea panicula 'Quickfire' - Hydrangea - This gorgeous new cultivar flowers one month earlier than other paniculatas offering cone shaped panicles covered in large creamy white flowers. The flowers soon develop a pink tinge which will continue to darken until fall when they flower colour will approach a lusty red. Vigorous and easy to grow, blooms are on new wood.
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurellii' - Abysinnian Red Banana - This bold giant banana relative has six to eight foot long paddle-like green leaves infused with rich burgundy red at least along the edges but in good specimens in full sun throughout the foliage. Use in a large container or plant out each year for a dramatic display. NOT HARDY. Maintain above five degrees Celsius as a house plant, in the basement or in a greenhouse. Totally worth it if you love tropical drama. Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' - Hall's Honeysuckle - This superb and vigorous honeysuckle graces the entranceway to the nursery and to our perennial field. When it begins to bloom in late spring everyone asks what that heavenly scent is. ‘Halliana’ has rich mid-green evergreen foliage and flowers that open white and colour to pale yellow and then to deep yellow.
Clematis 'I Am Lady J' - This stunning bicolour clematis has rich, deep blue-violet flowers with pure white central stripes dominating the centre of each petal all surrounding a purple and yellow centre. Flowers are two to three inches across. A member of the Viticella group of clematis, this is a vigourous and floriferous modern cultivar blooming from June to September. Pruning group: 3/C - Hard prune in early spring to about one foot from the ground. Clematis 'I Am Lady Q' - This lovely bicolour clematis has mid pink petals with pure white centres all surrounding a purple and yellow centre. Flowers are two to three inches across. A member of the Viticella group of clematis, this is a vigourous and floriferous modern cultivar blooming from July to September. Pruning group: 3/C - Hard prune in early spring to about one foot from the ground.

Clematis Kivistik Series 'Minister' - Large, six inch, mid-purple flowers with an explosion of yellow and burgundy anthers. Extremely free-flowering, it blooms from early summer through late fall. Originating in Estonia the Kivistik clematis have a compact growth habit, copious blooms on the current season's growth, an unusually long bloom period, rich colours, great disease resistance, and hardiness to zone 3. Their compact size and long bloom time make them excellent in containers or in the garden.

We have numerous other cultivars available in the Kivistik Series.

Clematis 'Rebecca' - Said to be the reddest clematis yet bred, this Evison cultivar is a real stunner emerging magenta red and aging to red.
Allium 'Purple Sensation' - Ornamental Onion - Ornamental onions offer intriguing spherical or egg-shaped inflorescences comprised of hundreds of tiny flowers. The flowers of this tall, bold cultivar are deep rosy purple comprising spheres about three inches across. Available in spring as potted plants and in fall as dry bulbs. Allium 'Ivory Queen' - Ornamental Onion - Ornamental onions offer intriguing spherical or egg-shaped inflorescences comprised of hundreds of tiny flowers. Two to three broad bluish-green leaves subtend a large sphere of sparkling white flowers. Great for the front of the border. Available in spring as potted plants and in fall as dry bulbs.
Arisaema nepenthoides - Cobra Lily - A handsome Himalayan species with a striped and spotted purple and white spathe. The junction between the spathe-limb and the spathe-tube is deeply auricled (eared) presenting a most intriguing inflorescence. The short, stubby spadix is white and the foliage deep glossy green and heavily textured. A. nepenthoides is a tall species to at least four feet and is one of the earliest to emerge, usually in March. The stems are orange with purple mottles. Arisaema sikokianum 'Patterned Selection' - Cobra Lily - One of the most desirable of all cobra lilies with its incredible burgundy spathe, pure white interior and pure white knobbed spadis. This selection even has silver-centred foliage! Plant in well-drained soil that is dryish in the winter such as on a slope or near or under evergreen shrubs or trees.
Paeonia Itoh Cultivars - Itoh Peonies - The Itoh peonies are intersectional hybrids between the tree peony (P. suffruticosa) and the garden peony (P. lactiflora). The result is an outstanding group of perennial herbaceous peonies with huge flowers in a wide range of unusual colours such as yellows, coppers, apricots, pinks, magentas and bicolours. The foliage emerges rich red and gradually turns to green. A mature plant can have over 50 blooms! Arisaema ringens - Cobra Lily - This common Asian species is one of the best for gardens. It has glorious three-parted foliage, gray-green and glossy, and a unique green-and purple, rather fist-shaped flower. A. ringens is an easy long-lived garden plant that forms large clumps with time. Worth growing as a handsome foliage plant with the bonus of very cool flowers. Always popular.
Geum 'Mango Lassi' - Avens - ‘Mango Lassi’ is a new geum with lusciously luminous double flowers that glow in a medley of fruit-laden colours from soft orange through mango and peach all overlayed with rich golden hues and coral tinges. Flowers emerge from reddish purple buds. The foliage is small, soft, toothed and evergreen. Phlomis russeliana - Jerusalem Sage - The tall and stately Jerusalem sage is endemic to Turkey. From the mint family it sports mounds of fuzzy foliage that give rise to four foot spikes of buttery yellow flowers held at regular intervals along the stems. When the breeze catches the flowers in full bloom the effect is somewhat psychadelic! Flowers can occur from late spring through to autumn, but most generously in early summer. Interesting seedheads can be left during the winter to catch the frost.
Dahlia Dark Angel 'American Pie' - Dahlia - Soft-pink, almost white at the edges. Rich, burgundy foliage. The Dark Angel Series are a group of dwarf, burgundy-leaved dahlias named after popular movies. They have been selected for excellent, richly-coloured, single flowers, dark foliage and a compact size under 15 inches. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves. We have the full range of cultivars in this series. Incarvillea delavayi 'Snowtop' - Hardy Gloxinia - It’s curious to me why I don’t see this stunning perennial in more gardens. ‘Snowtop’ has masses of large, exotic, pure white, trumpet-shaped flowers in late spring. The lush foliage looks somewhat like Acanthus (Bear’s Breeches). It will rebloom if cut back after flowering. Give this unique perennial a try.
Agastache 'Raspberry Summer' - Anise Hyssop - Agastache are incredibly useful for clouds of colour through the summer months. 'Raspberry Summer' has massive numbers of densely clustered large raspberry-pink flowers with pink sepals that bloom all summer into fall. Up to three feet tall with bright green, fragrant foliage. The Summer Series have sepals that remain in colour and do not brown like other agastache giving these cultivars a much longer season of interest. Even without a single flower there is still colour! Sun, dry soil. Dicentra spectabilis 'Valentine' - Bleeding Hearts - This new cultivar of the classic cottage garden favourite has flowers that are so dark pink they border on true red! These heart-shaped flowers hang from arching stems over vigorous growth of deeply dark grey/green lobed foliage that is flushed with burgundy when young. Blooms for ages in the spring garden. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry.
Cardiocrinum giganteum Indian Selections - Giant Himalayan Lily - Identical to the standard C. giganteum except that the new foliage is variously coloured with burgundy -- some plants have all burgundy leaves, others have burgundy veins and a burgundy infusion to the foliage, others have burgundy veins set in rich green leaves. The colour fades as the leaves age but they are spectacular and well worth it. They will make you gasp with delight when you come upon them unfurling in your spring garden. Provide a bit better drainage than the standard form. Brunnera macrophylla 'King's Ransom' - Heartleaf Alkanet - Brunnera 'King's Ransom' is a sport of the renowned 'Jack Frost'. 'King's Ransom' offers the vigour and beautiful silver foliage of its predecessor but also boasts a gold edge around each leaf setting off the forget-me-not-like blue flowers like never before.
Penstemon barbatus 'Riding Hood Delft Blue' - Beardtongue - Tubular deep blue flowers with purple infusions on slender stems bloom for most of the summer. A good cut flower. Beautiful foliage. Penstemon barbatus 'Red Riding Hood' - Beardtongue - Dramatic spikes of lipstick red, tubular flowers that bloom for most of the summer. A good cut flower and a hummingbird favourite. Beautiful foliage.
Delosperma Jewel of Desert 'Peridott' - Iceplant - Citrus yellow starry flowers with icy white centres. Flowers from late spring through fall. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant. Delosperma Jewel of Desert 'Garnet' - Iceplant - Rich red outer petals segue to magenta hubs and icy centres around yellow stamens. Expect flowers from late spring straight through to fall. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant.
Meconopsis betonicifolia - Himalayan Blue Poppy - One of the holy grails of the botanical world, the Himalayan Blue Poppy. Count yourself lucky to live in one of the few places in the world with a suitable climate for growing these fabulous plants. M. betonicifolia is the best species for the garden. The flowers are from three to five inches across in pale to deep sky blue. Prefers peaty, well-drained soil that is kept evenly moist in summer and bright but indirect light. Delosperma Fire Spinner - Ice Plant - This shockingly fabulous colour combination has firey orange petals morphing into hot magenta and then cooling down into icy white punctuated by the yellow stamens all against apple green foliage. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant.

Hydrangea seemannii - Evergreen Climbing Hydrangea - This rare species of climbing hydrangea is from Mexico, Central and South America. It has mid green, rounded, thick, glossy foliage that often has burgundy tones when young. In summer it offers copious amounts of ivory white flowers that first emerge as tight ivory clusters resembling duck eggs. Water well until established, especially if planted at the base of a tree. Smaller growing than H. integrifolia (which is also currently available)and thus better for use on smaller trees or walls. Increased light results in more flowers.

Athryium niponicum 'Burgundy Lace' - Japanese Painted Fern - It was only a matter of time before someone developed intriguing variations on the popular Japanese painted fern. The young leaves of this great new fern are a stunning purple-pink with silver stripes along the veins and tips. As the leaves mature, they transform into a contrasting silvery green with purple midribs. Forms a truly dazzling clump in the woodland garden. Evenly moist well-drained soil.
Ligularia 'Garden Confetti' - Ragwort - Large, heart-shaped, cream coloured foliage is very liberally sprinkled with lime, pine green and pink and held together with magenta coloured veins. As summer progresses, the cream background changes to gold. In summer the background changes to burgundy with green mottling. The veins and the leaf backs are dark red. Use as a bold accent or by the pond in part shade. Hardy, showy, easy. This is not a wallflower; she makes a grand entrance that leaves an impression. Hosta 'Raspberry Sundae' - Plantain Lily - ‘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.

Cypripedium formosanum -- Formosa Lady's Slipper Orchid -- This exquisite hardy lady’s slipper is endemic to high altitude regions of Taiwan and blooms in our area in mid spring. The flowers have a large pale pink pouch with white or pale pink petals and sepals spotted with darker pink or red. The rounded, light green leaves are pleated like a fan and provide much interest after the flowers have faded. This species is very easy to cultivate in an average shade garden and a good first introduction to growing hardy ground orchids.

Gardenia 'Kleim's Hardy' - Hardy Gardenia - Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! This is a HARDY gardenia! The star-like single flowers have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. This extremely hardy selection has survived minus 18 degrees Celsius! Prefers full sun to light shade and will bloom best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen.

We also have in stock two other hardy gardenia: 'Frostproof' and 'Chuck Hayes'.

Polygonatum odoratum 'Double Stuff' - Solomon's Seal - This variegated Solomon's seal has double the white margin making a new classic beauty for the woodland or shade garden. Each arching red stem carries large leaves with broad white margins and green centres. The white flowers dangle below the leaves in spring. A clean and elegant, eye-catching plant. Much broader band of white than 'Variegatum', around the whole leaf. Compared to 'Double Wide' it is has narrower leaves, longer stems, and is taller. Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' - Daphne - This hybrid forms a neat, mounded, evergreen shrub two to three feet high and three feet wide. The dark green leaves make a pleasing backdrop for the pink buds and white flowers which are intensely fragrant like sweet baby powder. ‘Eternal Fragrance’ flowers generously on the previous season’s wood in April and May and from June until autumn on new growth provided good moisture and nutrients. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting. Photo courtesy of Great Plant Picks.
Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice' - Daphne -This daphne has some great qualities not before seen in the genus: an incredibly long bloom period and it’s easy to grow. ‘Summer Ice’ forms a mounded shrub with beautifully fragrant (like sweet baby powder) white flowers with an apple blossom flush that bloom from early April until November. As if that weren’t enough the leaves sport a crisp white trim. Semi-evergreen in average winters. Deciduous in hard winters. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting. Polemonium 'Bressingham Purple' - Jacob's Ladder - A beautiful Jacob's ladder with smokey purple foliage topped with purple flowers that smell like grape bubblegum! Nothing takes you back to your childhood like the smell of bubblegum. Sun to part-shade.
Zaluzianskya ovata - Night Phlox - This hot little number is currently flying off the shelves at the nursery. From a cute fuzzy mound of evergreen foliage emerges magenta buds that open to darling white flowers that smell like chocolate at night. Excellent for centrepieces on patio tables. A half hardy perennial (zone 8), it's worth it as it blooms all summer long into fall. Calanthe 'Takane Hybrids' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - The Takane Hybrids are crosses between C. sieboldii and C. discolor, producing a range of pastel shades, mostly pale yellows and creams with contrasting lips and petals. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthes are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions.

 


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