Hello Festive Gardeners!

You've probably subscribed to the Christmas Alert because you love Christmas. And we know you love gardening. The two come together at the Christmas Hurrah! and with Christmas roses, the beautiful snow white Helleborus niger. No winter garden is complete without them

The Christmas Hurrah! is coming up the first weekend of December. We have an exciting line-up of Christmas Rose workshops and a DIY project plus top quality plants available through our Christmas Rose Pre-Order. Though we will have some extra hellebores available at the event, we recommend pre-ordering to ensure you get the plants that you desire. Full details are below.

In addition to our classic Christmas Rose Wreath Making and Christmas Rose Outdoor Container workshops plus our Christmas Rose DIY Indoor Container Project we are bringing back last year's popular new workshop called "Hellebore in a Handbag" (pictured below) and we have added a Christmas Rose Bird's Nest Wreath Making workshop and a Christmas Rose Centrepiece workshop. These workshops are always a lot of fun. Check out all the information below.

We are bringing back this new workshop from last year. "Hellebore in a Handbag" was a total hoot. You should join us this year. Picture a bunch of ladies trying to stuff as many plants as possible into their (moss) purses. So fun.

See you soon at the Christmas Hurrah!

Yours in Christmas, Gary and the Phoenicians

10% Off Christmas Gift Certificates

Order gift certificates between now and December 31st, 2016 and get 10% off! Order them for friends or family or order them for yourself and save on plants in 2017!



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 2nd to 4th, 2016
(Please note these special winter hours.)

View Pictures from 2014 and 2015

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

A Recent Innovation

The recent innovation is the Gold Collection cultivars of the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, from the breeder Heuger 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.

In our Christmas Hurrah! Pre-Order you'll be able to purchase blooming plants of various Gold Collection Christmas roses plus other cultivars to keep your garden blooming from January through April.

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. Check out our fun and festive workshops. It's one of our favourite weekends of the year.


The Christmas Rose Workshops

Get into the Festive Spirit and Make Beautiful Things

Join us for fun festive frolic making all kinds of beautiful things for the holiday season. Make sure to bring a friend or family member to really get into the spirit.


Online Registration: We use online registration so you can book workshops 24 hours a day seven days a week. 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. You do not need a PayPal account to pay. They will simply process your Visa or MC on our behalf. If you wish to register by other methods please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or visit us in person.


THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container | Fri Dec 2nd-Sun December 4th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax (Includes one budded/blooming hellebore and all the fixings.) | Come any time during the weekend and set yourself up at our self-serve craft tables. Select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay pot or a festive metal container and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. A trusty Phoenician will be nearby if you need help.

This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home at Christmas or for gifts for friends and family at Christmas parties and gatherings. You'll probably want to do a few of them and you'll probably want to bring a friend.

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Hellebore in a Handbag | Kate | Fri Dec 2nd, 1-3pm | $45 (Includes purse and hellebore) | It's come to this, fellow gardeners. We're going to Hellebore in a Handbag for Christmas! With this unique project we'll plant up a Christmas rose in a moss purse with some friends & add festive winter greens. Last year I wasn't sure how our many (female) attendees were going to be able to fit any additional plants into their purses with such a large gorgeous hellebore. Somehow I underestimated everyone's ability to stuff their purses full of all manner of necessities!

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

Our popular wreath-making workshop is a great chance to spend quality time with friends and family while accomplishing a great project to lift your spirits through the short days of winter.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.



THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Bird's Nest Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 3, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | This class for advanced wreath-makers or ambitious beginners takes what we normally do in the our original wreath making workshop and builds on it with more creativity including nesting a potted hellebore within your wreath that looks like an adorable birds nest with white birds (hellebore flowers) peaking out.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.


THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 4, 10am-12pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | Here's another way to bring a hellebore inside for Christmas cheer - as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. You'll create a beautiful ring of winter foliage centred with a beautiful hellebore that you can plant in your garden in winter or spring. You can also use this centrepiece as a decoration for an outdoor table where it will bloom for months, often well into April!

Registration includes all materials and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.


THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 4, 1-3pm | $20 | 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. Kate will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens.


Register Now!




Hellebore Pre-Order
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 2nd-4th, 2016. Our plants are top quality - they are the biggest, fullest, and most packed with buds available in our region. 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. And don't forget to sign up for some of our fun Christmas Rose Workshops.

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! We will not have a lot of extra. So choose your plants now and plan out your winter garden in advance! Last year many people did not pre-order and we sold out of our extra plants before everyone got what they wanted. We can't bring in a lot of extra plants at this time of year that are not pre-ordered. Please pre-order to avoid disappointment.

More Info and Order Your Hellebores

Early December*

Helleborus niger 'HGC Jesko'
Helleborus niger 'HGC Joshua'
Mid December*

Helleborus niger 'HGC Jasper'
Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob'

Helleborus niger 'HGC Snow Frills'
Early January*

Helleborus x nigercors 'HGC Icebreaker Corsica'
Helleborus x nigercors 'HGC Icebreaker Fancy'

Helleborus x nigercors 'HGC Icebreaker Pico'
Mid January*

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Moonbeam'
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Champion'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Camelot'
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Spring Party'
Early February*

Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Mahogany Snow'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Pink Frost'

Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Merlin'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Maestro'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Platinum Rose'
Helleborus argutifolius 'HGC Snow Fever'
Helleborus x sahinii 'Winter Bells'

More Info and 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.


Join Our Email Alerts: In addition to our regular e-newsletter we have 15 different occasional Alerts on a variety of topics: Edibles, Hot Plants, Living Sculptures (Succulents and more), Made in the Shade, Hardy Subtropicals, Sales, Native Plants, Hellebores, Clematis and Vines, Maples and Cool Woodies, Mail Order, Christmas, Fragrance, Small spaces and Kids. Learn More About Alerts. To subscribe as a new subscriber or to add the Alerts to your existing profile, click on Update Profile at the bottom of this email.

Changing Email Addresses?: We wouldn't want to lose you. You can change your email address by entering your email address in the box above and clicking Go or by clicking on the Update Profile/Email Address link at the bottom of this email.

Unsubscribe: Are you getting too many emails in your inbox? Sigh. Such is the modern world. If our main e-newsletter is too frequent for you, consider signing up for some of the Alerts that interest you. Alerts are only sent occasionally when we have something exciting to tell you. Click the SafeUnsubscribe link below to unsubscribe to all mailings or select just the ones you want to keep getting.

Share this E-Newsletter with a Friend: We need your help to spread the word about Phoenix Perennials. Please share this e-newsletter with friends, family, neighbours, coworkers and strangers about town. Click on the Forward Email link at the bottom of this page. Thank you so much!

Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada.

3380 No. 6 Road (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
Richmond, BC | 604-270-4133 | www.phoenixperennials.com

Opening Dates and Hours
February 26th to October 30th, 2016

Copyright Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.

Back to the Articles Page