Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: November 2013

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
November 2013

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Though the nursery is now closed for the winter season we have one last exciting event in store for you in 2013.

Our Christmas Hurrah! is coming up the first weekend of December. You can buy Christmas roses and other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection to brighten up your garden this winter. You can also take part in four different workshops and a DIY project all designed to help you decorate your home for the holidays. Full details and workshop descriptions are below. This is one of the most festive and fun weekends of the year at Phoenix. We hope to see you for some Christmas cheer.

There are two more exciting announcements in this e-newsletter.

First of all we are offering Christmas gift certificates for both in-nursery and mail order purchases at 10% off until December 31st. Here's your chance to save on gardening presents for your friends and family. You can also buy yourself a gift certificate and save on your 2014 gardening purchases!

And don't forget to enter the Canada Blooms contest to win a trip for two to Canada's largest garden festival in Toronto this March. I'll be speaking there and you could be in the audience! Enter right now. We want to have a winner from Phoenix Perennials! The link is below.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

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Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container
Friday to Sunday Dec 6-8, 10am-3pm

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Christmas Rose Centrepiece Workshop
Sunday Dec 8th, 10am-12pm

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Win a Trip for Two to Canada Blooms in Toronto

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Christmas Hurrah! -- Celebrating the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and the Helleborus Gold Collection with fantastic hellebores, special holiday-themed workshops and a DIY project not to mention lots of holiday cheer!...
2. The Christmas Rose: An Old Legend -- When the Magi laid their rich offerings of myrrh, frankincense, and gold by the bed of the sleeping Christ Child, legend says that a shepherd maiden stood outside the door quietly weeping...
3. 10% Off Christmas Gift Certificates for In-Nursery and Mail Order! -- Be a hero this holiday season to the gardener in your life OR buy one for yourself to save in 2014...
4. CONTEST: Win a Trip to Canada Blooms and Join Me in Toronto! -- Canada Blooms is the largest flower and garden festival in the country. I'll be speaking there in 2014. Enter this contest and you could be in the audience!

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Description
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.

THIRD ANNUAL
The Christmas Hurrah!

Celebrating the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and the Helleborus Gold Collection with fantastic hellebores, special holiday-themed workshops and a DIY project not to mention lots of holiday cheer!

Friday to Sunday December 6th to December 8th, 2013
10am-3pm
(Please note these special winter hours.)

View Pictures from Last Year

This year we are excited to continue our tradition: The Christmas Hurrah! The inspiration for the event comes from combining a new innovation in hellebore breeding with an old tradition from northern Europe.

A New Innovation

The new innovation is the Gold Collection cultivars of the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, from the breeder Hueger of Germany that show incredible vigour and floriferousness relative to older forms. They also start blooming in November and December in our climate, much earlier than the common Christmas rose.

An Old Tradition

The old or traditional inspiration comes from northern Europe where the Christmas rose is brought inside the house in pots to grace Christmas tables and displays or given as party gifts over the holiday season just as we would a pointsettia in North America. Unlike pointsettias, the hellebores can be planted out in the garden in spring for years of enjoyment.

At our Christmas Hurrah! you'll be able to purchase blooming plants of Helleborus niger 'Jacob', 'Jonas' and 'Josef Lemper' which bloom from November or December all the way to March! We will also have other cutting edge members of the Gold Collection available for sale that begin blooming in the new year.

You'll also be able to participate in various workshops to doll up your hellebores with some festive decorations and plantings and take them home to adorn your house or garden or to give as gifts. Four workshops will give you the opportunity to doll up your home for Christmas using the Christmas rose.

 

The Christmas Rose Workshops

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. | Come any time during the weekend, select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay or festive metal pot, and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home or for gifts for friends and family! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. 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 and inspires you to create festive displays that go beyond the ordinary. With Diane’s careful and inspiring instruction you’ll surprise yourself (and your family and friends) with your new creation to celebrate the Christmas season. Bring a friend to maximize your fun. 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 brimming with festive greens, winter twigs and cones, taper candles and hellebore flowers! Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers (www.fullbloomflowers.ca) will be your expert instructor! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. Register Online!
   
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 7th, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Wreaths were the first way flowers and foliage were used for decoration. Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers will teach you about the history of wreaths and their design as you build your very own festive wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then show you how to use Christmas roses, Helleborus niger, and other fresh flowers in your wreath! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. You may bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath if you like. 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.
Shelley will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up. Bring a friend to maximize your fun. SOLD OUT Register Online!

SECOND SESSION ADDED Sun Dec 8th, 1-3pm. More Info and Register Online!

See you at the Christmas Hurrah!

 


2.

The Christmas Rose
An Old Legend

By Lizzie Deas (Adapted)

When the Magi laid their rich offerings of myrrh, frankincense, and gold by the bed of the sleeping Christ Child, legend says that a shepherd maiden stood outside the door quietly weeping.

She, too, had sought the Christ Child. She, too, desired to bring him gifts. But she had nothing to offer, for she was very poor indeed. In vain she had searched the countryside over for one little flower to bring Him, but she could find neither bloom nor leaf, for the winter had been cold.

And as she stood there weeping, an angel passing saw her sorrow, and stooping he brushed aside the snow at her feet. And there sprang up on the spot a cluster of beautiful winter roses -- waxen white with pink tipped petals.

"Nor myrrh, nor frankincense, nor gold," said the angel, "is offering more meet for the Christ Child than these pure Christmas Roses.''

Joyfully the shepherd maiden gathered the flowers and made her offering to the Holy Child.

(from Good Stories for Great Holidays , by Frances Jenkins Olcott)


3.

10% Off Christmas Gift Certificates
for In-Nursery and Mail Order!

Be a hero this holiday season to the gardener in your life
OR buy one for yourself to save in 2014!

Our popular gift certificates are great for stocking stuffers or for under the tree. If you've got an avid gardener in your life this is the perfect gift to get them dreaming about spring and next year's garden. Gift certificates are available in any amount.

This holiday season we are offering 10% off gift certificates purchased in November and December 2013 to use starting in 2014. These are unrestricted gift certificates and never expire. Get some for Christmas presents for friends and family or buy one for yourself and save on your 2014 gardening projects!

Directions

1. Click on the link below. In-Nursery Gift Certificates are for use in person at the nursery. Mail Order Gift Certificates are for use on our mail order system.
2. Fill in the information fields.
3. Select the face value amount you would like for your gift certificate(s) and complete your transaction. Your credit card is not processed automatically. We will process payment for 10% less than the amount you have selected. For instance, if you purchase a gift certificate for $100 we will process payment for $90.
4. Gift certificates will be mailed out within two days. If we are mailing your gift certificate please order by Dec 19th for local delivery, December 18th for delivery within BC and December 17th for delivery across Canada.
5. This 10% offer ends on December 31st, 2013.

6. Begin using your gift certificate at the start of our 2014 season. Gift certificates purchased with our special offer cannot be used at our 2013 Christmas Hurrah! event.

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Happy Holidays!

 


4.

Contest
Win a Trip for Two to Canada Blooms
and Join Me in Toronto!

Canada Blooms is the largest flower and garden festival in the country. I'll be speaking there in 2014. Enter this contest and you could be in the audience! Click here to enter the contest. Enter your contact information. Then your Garden Centre Code is FIR. After that select Phoenix Perennials. Finally, cross your fingers! Contest closes December 31st, 2014. Tell all your friends. If one of them wins they'll have take you!


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