Hello Festive Gardeners and Hellebore Lovers!

We are excited that we are only a few weeks away from our Christmas Hurrah!

We have great festive workshops lined up for you including various wreath making workshops, an outdoor container workshop, and a centrepiece workshop all designed to get you in the mood and your home looking beautiful for the Christmas season.

Today we have also launched our Christmas Rose and Friends Hellebore Pre-Order. You can now order in advance all the hellebores that you want for December, January and February blooms.

You're also the first to find out about our 10% Off Holiday Gift Certificate offer! Full details about everything is below.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Yours in Hellebores,
Gary and the Phoenicians

10% Off Holiday Gift Certificates
Buy one for gardening friends or family or buy one for yourself for future gardening bliss!

More Info & Order

Christmas Rose
& Friends Pre-Order

Order now to pick up at the Christmas Hurrah! Dec. 1st-3rd.

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The Christmas Hurrah!

Celebrating the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and its winter-blooming friends with fantastic hellebores and special holiday-themed workshops!

Friday to Sunday December 1st to 3rd, 2017
(Please note these special winter hours.)


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.


THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Fri Dec 1, 1-3pm | $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 Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 2, 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 2, 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 Picture Frame Wreaths | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 (Includes frame. All frames will be different and may not resemble the one pictured.) | Christmas time is about memories. Picture frames are about holding and celebrating memories. We'll combine this idea of the picture frame with the techniques of wreath making to make a beautiful and unique Christmas decoration for your garden or home for the holiday season. |


THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 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.



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.





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'
Mid December*

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

Helleborus Ice 'n Roses 'Red'

Helleborus 'Rosemary'
Helleborus Frostkiss 'Pippa's Purple'

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Champion'
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Monte Cristo'
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Shooting Star'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Camelot'

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

Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Merlin'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Platinum Rose'
Helleborus lividus 'Pink Marble'
Helleborus foetidus

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. In some cases with very new cultivars we are still figuring out their exact bloom time so we are using our best guess.


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 and save in 2018!

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 2017 to use once our season opens on Feb 23rd, 2018 onwards. These are unrestricted gift certificates and never expire. They can be used for all purchases including sale items. They can also be used in whole or in part over multiple visits. Get some for Christmas presents for friends and family or buy one for yourself and save on your 2018 gardening projects!


1. In-Nursery gift certificates are mailed as hard copies. So that they arrive before Christmas, please order by Dec 19th for local delivery, December 18th for delivery within BC, and December 17th for delivery across Canada. Mail order gift certificates are sent by email.
2. This 10% off offer ends on December 31st, 2017.

3. Begin using your gift certificate at the start of our 2018 season from Feb 23rd onwards.

Happy Holidays!


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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
Please visit our web page for information on the nursery, driving directions and a map.
We are near the south end of the Knight Street Bridge and very easy to get to from all of the surrounding municipalities and beyond.

Opening Dates and Hours
February 24th to October 29th, 2017

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