Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid November 2014

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid November 2014

Celebrating our 11th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

It's late November and the Christmas season is upon us. If you're feeling a bit melancholy about winter and all this rain we have a bright light for you in the form of our Christmas Hurrah! event on the first weekend of December. We will re-open for three days to spread some Christmas cheer with festive workshops and some great hellebores. You can sign up in advance for our workshops and you can also pre-order your hellebores so that we can hold for you every one that you desire. Bring a friend or family member to increase your fun and the holiday spirit.

As if the Christmas Hurrah! wasn't enough excitement, how about 10% off all your gift certificate purchases for in-nursery and mail order purchases? Through November and December we're offering this special deal. Phoenix gift certificates make great presents for friends and family as well as for yourself!

We also have another exciting option for your Christmas gift-giving: a beautiful art calendar that is helping to raise money for the conservation of threatened Cuban plants. Our production manager Luis is the director of the organization Planta! that has created the calendar. He would love the support for his work and we're betting your friends and family would love to receive this unique gift for Christmas! Full details are below.

I'm leading a botanical tour to South Africa on behalf of the UBC Alumni Association. Want to spend two weeks with me in August and September 2015 viewing botanical wonders of the world? You're invited! Check out the article below for more information.

In keeping with the Canadian tradition of staring longingly at photos of plants and gardens in books, catalogues and on the internet through the long winter, we are launching our second annual Garden Photo Contest. Share your beautiful photos with your fellow gardeners and you could win one of five $50 gift certificates! Details are below.

Last but not least, we are going to be hiring for the 2015 season. Details are below. Let us know if you're interested in joining our team and please forward to anyone you think might be interested.

See you soon at the Christmas Hurrah!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

FOURTH 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!

Fri to Sun
Dec 5th to 7th, 2014
10am-3pm

More Info

Hellebore Pre-Sale

Pick-Up at the Christmas Hurrah! Dec 5-7

More Info

Photo Contest
Win a $50 Gift Certificate!

More Info

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Christmas Hurrah! -- 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...

2. Hellebore Pre-Sale for Pick-Up at the Christmas Hurrah! - Plan now for holiday decorating indoors & out by pre-ordering your hellebores for pick-up at the Christmas Hurrah! December 5th-7th, 2014...
3. 10% Off Holiday Gift Certificates -- 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.
4. Join me in South Africa: Namaqualand and the Cape Floristic Kingdom, Fall 2015 -- I'm excited to be leading a botanical tour to South Africa in late August 2015 for the UBC Alumni Association. Anyone can join...
5. The Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest: Win One of Five $50 Gift Certificates -- We're looking for your most beautiful, inspiring, amusing or surprising photos of your garden or a garden you visited in the last year.
6. 2015 Calendar 'Florescence' Fundraiser for Planta! -- Join the conservation effort to protect the rich diversity of Cuban plants with the 2015 Planta! calendar ‘Florescence’.
7. Phoenix Perennials Will Be Hiring in 2015 -- We are looking for new Phoenicians to join our team in both retail and production in 2015.

 


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 5-7

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.

FOURTH 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 5th to December 7th, 2014
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 5th to Sun Dec 7th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax includes one hellebore, a festive container & 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!
     
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Kate | Sat Dec 6th, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | View pictures from last year's class. | Wreaths were the first way flowers and foliage were used for decoration. Continue the tradition with Kate as she leads you through the creation of your wreath and then shows 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 6th, 1-3pm | $20 + tax (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | View pictures from last year's class. | 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.
Register Online!

 

 

NEW! SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Gardening 101: Growing the Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger | Instructor: Gary | Fri Dec 5th and 7th, 1-2pm | FREE* | Learn about this magical flower that blooms in the winter...

Register for December 5th
Register for December 7th

 

 


2.

Hellebore Pre-Sale for Pick-Up at the Christmas Hurrah!

Plan for Christmas: Plan now for holiday decorating indoors & out by pre-ordering your hellebores for pick-up at the Christmas Hurrah! December 5th-7th, 2014. The Christmas roses also make great gifts during the holiday season. You can purchase them à la carte or choose to doll them up with extra sparkle as part of our Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container.

Plan for Winter: We're also offering other winter-blooming hellebores to keep your garden beautiful through January and February. The information below is organized by when each cultivar starts blooming*. Choose plants from each bloom period for a succession of blooms to keep your spirits bright from December through March!

While we will still have extra hellebores on hand at the Christmas Hurrah!, pre-ordering helps us get the numbers just right ensuring you get everything you desire! It also allows you to plan out your winter garden in advance!

More Info and Order Your Hellebores

Early December*
Helleborus niger 'HGC Joshua' - 4.5", 12.99
Helleborus niger 'HGC Jesko' - 1g, 21.99 NEW
Mid December*

Helleborus niger 'HGC Jasper' - 1g, 21.99 NEW
Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob' - 1g, 21.99

Helleborus niger 'HGC Josef Lemper' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus niger 'HGC Jonas' - 1g, 21.99
Early January*

Helleborus 'Anna's Red' - 1g, 24.99
Helleborus 'Penny's Pink' - 1g, 24.99

Helleborus x nigersmithii 'HGC Icebreaker Prelude' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus argutifolius 'HGC Snow Fever' - 1g, 24.99

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Marlon' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus x nigercors 'HGC Icebreaker Pico' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Monte Cristo' - 1g, 21.99
Mid January*

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Shooting Star' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Maestro' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Camelot' - 1g, 21.99
Early February*

Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Love Bug' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Pink Frost' - 1g, 21.99

Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Merlin' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus x ballardiae 'Mahogany Snow' - 1g, 21.99

Order Your Hellebores

*Bloom start times are based on experience in our region in average years. The actual start of bloom can vary from year to year depending on weather. They can also vary in different microclimates in your garden.


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 2015!

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.

This holiday season we are offering 10% off gift certificates purchased in November and December 2014 to use starting in 2015. These are unrestricted gift certificates and never expire. They can be used for all purchases including sale items. Get some for Christmas presents for friends and family or buy one for yourself and save on your 2015 gardening projects!

Directions

1. Click on the appropriate 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. Please order by Dec 19th for local delivery, December 18th for delivery within BC and December 17th for delivery across Canada.
3. This 10% offer ends on December 31st, 2014.

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

In-Nursery
Gift Certificates
Order Here

 
Mail Order
Gift Certificates

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Happy Holidays!


4.

Join me in South Africa!
Namaqualand and the Cape Floristic Kingdom
Botanical Tour
August 25 - Sept 8, 2015

[Please Note: Some of the first emails to be sent to the travel agent Worldwide Quest for more information on the trip disappeared into cyberspace. They have checked and tested the system and it seems to be working now. If you have not heard back, please send your request again and also let me know of your interest by replying to this e-newsletter. Cheers, Gary]

I'm excited to be leading a 15 day botanical tour to South Africa starting in late August 2015 for the UBC Alumni Association. Anyone who is an alumni or a friend or family member of an alumni or a member of the community at large is welcome to join the trip. Since I'm a double alumni of UBC and since you, my customers, are all my friends as well as a part of the community that UBC serves, you are more than welcome to join me on this South African botanical odyssey.

For more information visit the
Worldwide Quest Travel South Africa Tour Page
.


5.

The Second Annual
Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest

Enter for your chance to win one of five $50 gift certificates!

We're looking for your most beautiful, inspiring, amusing or surprising photos of your garden or a garden you visited in the last year. The photos could be images of specific plants, of a container, a plant combination, a garden vignette or anything to do with plants or gardens. The photos will be posted on Facebook for voting by your friends, family and fellow gardeners. Whoever gets the most votes (likes, comments and shares) will win themselves one of five $50 gift certificates! It's so easy.

How to Enter
1. Send up to five of your best garden, plant or flower photos to phoenixperennials at shaw.ca. Please send high resolution photos. You may need to send them in multiple emails if the files are large. Please put in the subject line: "Photo Contest". Also include your full name and city (only your first name and city will be published) and a description of your photo(s). Entries will be accepted until February 15th, 2015.
2. As soon as you send them in we'll put them up on our Phoenix Perennials Facebook page for everyone to see and vote for by clicking "Like", leaving a comment or sharing with their friends. As soon as you send your photos we'll upload them so get them to us ASAP -- the sooner you get them in, the sooner they will be online where your friends, family and fellow gardeners can start voting for them and the better the chance you have of winning a gift certificate.
3. Voting will run from when the first photos go up until March 1st, 2015. The five photos with the largest combined number of likes, comments and shares will win the five gift certificates. Note that a single person can actually vote three times for a photo by liking, commenting on and sharing that photo! Please also note though that in order to spread the fun around any one person can only win one gift certificate, even if you have more than one photo in the top five.
5. The winning photos will be specially featured in the March e-newsletter guaranteeing each winner not just fortune but also fame!

We can't wait to see your photos!

 


6.

2015 Calendar 'Florescence' Fundraiser for Planta!

Join the conservation effort to protect the rich diversity of Cuban plants with the 2015 Planta! calendar ‘Florescence’.

Phoenix Perennials' production manager Luis is the director of an effective and creative conservation organization called Planta! that works to protect the threatend plants of his native Cuba. Earlier this year we told you about Planta!'s big award from the UK's Whitley Foundation to help forward their work.

Now Planta! wants to help reconnect you to the world of plants with a beautiful, high quality art calendar of haute couture dresses inspired by the wild, poorly known but astonishing plants of Cuba. This small island country supports one of the world’s most important areas of plant diversity with the most endemic plants of anywhere in North America. 

Each month of the year features a rare Cuban plant reimagined into a haute couture dress. The calendar is large format 30 cm (12 in.) wide by 50 cm (18 in.) tall, spiral bound and printed in full colour on high quality paper stock. 

All calendars will be mailed in time to arrive by Christmas (in Canada) and shortly thereafter in the US and to international destinations. All calendar costs include shipping and are in Canadian dollars:

$30 for Canadian destinations
$35 for US destinations
$48 for international destinations 

View the Calendar & Order

Sponsor calendars for Cubans: Planta! distributes this calendar throughout Cuba for free to people at the grass roots to raise awareness about plant conservation amongst those who have the most at stake and the most potential to protect Cuban biodiversity. When you purchase your calendar(s) you will have the option of sponsoring calendars for the Cuban people. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

All proceeds of this calendar support the work of Planta! - the Plantlife Conservation Society.

About Planta!

Planta! - the Plantlife Conservation Society promotes the conservation and sustainable use of plant life and plant habitats in regions of high biodiversity by (1) raising public awareness of and developing pride in native plant life, (2) encouraging commitment to the conservation of native plant life and habitats, (3) building grass-root capacity to enable the development of local plant conservation actions, (4) promoting collaboration among conservationists; and (5) delivering science-based plant conservation.

For more information about Planta!, please visit www.plantlifecs.org or email us at info@plantlifecs.org.

The sale of the calendar outside of Cuba is being organized by Phoenix Perennials in partnership with Planta!. All payments are through PayPal to Phoenix Perennials with 100% of proceeds to be passed on to Planta! at the end of the sales period.

View all 12 Months and Order

 


7.

Phoenix Perennials Will Be Hiring in 2015

We are looking for new Phoenicians to join our team in both retail and production in 2015.

Production Assistant -- We are looking for a knowledgeable, organized and energetic person to help us grow thousands of different plants a year. Previous experience is an asset. We are looking to fill a full time seasonal position but may also have part time seasonal positions available.

Retail Sales Person -- We are looking for a knowledgeable, personable, creative person to work in our retail area who loves working with plants and people. You must thrive on hard work, multi-tasking and be excited to be providing information on and selling over 4000 different plants a year. We are looking to fill a full time seasonal position but may also have part time seasonal positions available.

Please forward a cover letter detailing your interest in working at Phoenix Perennials and your resume to phoenixperennials at shaw.ca. We will be collecting resumes and making preliminary contact with applicants in December and January and completing the hiring process in January and February.

 


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Richmond, BC | 604-270-4133 | www.phoenixperennials.com

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