Hello People Who Like to Eat Their Gardens!

Welcome to our 2013 edible workshops. This year we have added nine new and exciting workshops related to edibles.

Our new instructor Cathy Hiebert is ready to teach you how to grow your own edibles and eat them too whether that be fresh or canned, pickled, dried or frozen. We have Bob Fisher to teach us about backyard bee keeping. We have David W., one of Canada's most famous bartenders, doing a mixology class with herbs and edibles you can grow in your garden. We have Kate ready to teach hungry hobbits how to grow their own food. And we have Cathy Cheung from Steveston's noted chocolate shop, Sinfully the Best, to teach you how to combine fruit you can grow in your garden with chocolate. Last but not least we have our famous tomato tastings at the Heirloom Tomato Festival.

If you like to eat and grow your own food, we've got the workshops you need to liven up your garden, your kitchen and your dinner table!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians


Edible Workshops in 2013


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! 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! 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! 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.



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! 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! 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. 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. Register Online!



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! At our popular Tomato Tastings at the The Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll sit down at a table with a rainbow of tomato slices before you. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will then lead you in a tasting of about 15+ different tomatoes one by one and all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. He'll introduce each tomato variety to you, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You'll then taste the tomato and discuss it as a group. You'll have a list of of the tomatoes in front of you so you can take notes for future reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of heirloom tomatoes that were grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes!

Our Heirloom Tomato Tastings are hands down the most popular workshops we've ever done. Please book early to avoid disappointment! Each session will last about 45-50 minutes. 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. Methods covered with include canning whole, crushed, diced and pureed tomatoes as well as how to dry them and freeze them. Cathy will also discuss the different equipment and tools and show the techniques you need to know to be successful in your kitchen. Last but not least she’ll share with you some of her favourite tomato recipes. Register Online!


Instructor Biographies

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Booking Workshops

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs, hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing.3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
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