Hello People Who Like to Eat Their Gardens!

Edible season is upon us already. We have all kinds of early season edibles in stock now including fruit trees such as figs, columnar apples, and espaliered apples, berry bushes, strawberries, rhubarb, leafy greens, perennial herbs and much more.

The peak of edible season is only weeks away when we'll have all of the annual edibles such as tomatoes, basil, peppers, melons and more plus the culmination of our exciting pre-sales. Now is the time to plan for some outstanding edibles with our various pre-sales on Mighty Matos, Mighty Veggies, Mighty Melons, Ketchup 'n' Fries, BrazelBerries, Pixie Grapes, and hardy Owari satsuma mandarins.

We also have a number of great edible workshops coming up. Check out our list below. Until April 30th we're offering an early bird discount of 10% off our Cocktail Gardening workshop and our Tomato Tastings. Take advantage! These are really fun events.

Yours in Edibles,

Gary and the Phoenicians

10% Off Early Bird Discount

Cocktail Gardening

Tomato Tastings

Until April 30th get 10% off these very popular workshops!


Edible Workshops 2016

We have some exciting edible workshops coming up this year. We hope you'll join us. And until April 30th we're offering a 10% early bird discount off our Cocktail Gardening workshop and our Tomato Tastings at the Heirloom Tomato Festival!

GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Citrus & Other Subtropical Fruit for Coastal Gardens | Larry | Sat April 30, 1-2pm | FREE* | Did you know that you can grow citrus outside in Vancouver AND harvest fruit to eat??? Join our resident expert on everything subtropical, unusual and edible for local gardens. From hardy olives to hardy citrus, goji berries to tea, honey berries to Asian pepper, kiwis to pomegranates plus figs, bananas, kumquats and much more, Larry will fill you in on the exciting world of rare and unusual shrubs that will inspire you and your taste buds and impress cocktail party guests.

CONTAINER SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Edible Containers to Die For: Ornamental Displays that Taste Great | Kate | Sat May 7, 1-3pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners who want to grow edibles in containers that are beautiful and productive all at the same time. After some discussion of different edibles and some practical and design instruction, each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous edible container.

Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. We will have a range of options available if you don't have your own pot. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Gary | Sun May 8, 1-2pm | FREE* | Tomatoes are the most beloved of all garden edibles because no tomato tastes better than one grown in your own garden. Come have all your tomato questions answered such as modern vs. heirlooms, grafted vs ungrafted, the best cultivars for our climate, and how to successfully grow tons of delicious tomatoes in pots and the garden.
YOUNG SPROUTSKIDS CLUB | Fun with Edible Plants | Kate | Sun May 15, 10-11am | FREE* | Kids who grow their own food have been shown in various studies to eat a wider variety of healthy foods, to be more active, and to lead healthier lives as adults. We know you want that for your children. Obviously then one of the best things you can do as a parent is get into a garden with them to grow edibles. In this workshop, Kate will introduce them to the exciting world of edible plants and teach them the basics of growing their own. Then they'll get to plant up a veggie to take home with them. You might want to listen in!
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, CinCin Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 4th, 1-3pm | SAVE 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT UNTIL APRIL 30TH $20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed CinCin Restaurant in Vancouver to learn how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This guy knows how to mix a drink! Step up to David’s bar where he’ll show you how to muddle, mix, infuse, shake and stir your way to fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden all while telling you stories as only a bartender can. As you sample David’s creations Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present the different edibles used in the cocktail and discuss how to grow them in your garden. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss!
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tomato Tastings at The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Gary | Sat Sept 10, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm | SAVE 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT UNTIL APRIL 30TH $30 (Includes a Party Mix of Tomatoes | 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 get to experience a rainbow of 15+ tomato varieties all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will introduce you to each tomato variety, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You’ll get to share your thoughts and take tasting notes for future tomato reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of the highest quality heirloom tomatoes grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes! The Heirloom Tomato Tastings are our most popular workshops. Please book early.


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.



Awesome Edible Pre-Sales for 2016

'Ketchup 'n' Fries', Mighty Matos, Mighty Melons, Mighty Veggies, Pixie Grapes, BrazelBerries, 'Owari' Satsumas

Our popular pre-sales allow you to shop from the comfort of your own home and secure the hottest and most beautiful new plants for your garden. Pre-sales also help us at Phoenix Perennials to plan in advance and provide the right number of plants for our valued customers and fellow gardeners so that everyone receives all of the garden bliss that they desire.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries', Mighty Mato, Mighty Melon & Mighty Veggie Pre-Sale

Welcome to our exciting grafted vegetable pre-sale where you can pre-plan your 2016 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with the most cutting edge edibles available. Pre-sales allow you to secure the exact plants you desire and allow us at Phoenix Perennials to make sure we have exactly what you want.

After you've noted which plants you want, click on the Register Now button at the bottom of this page to order them. We will email you when they are available for pick-up. The estimated date is May 3rd, 2016.

Full Descriptions and Ordering

The Revolutionary, New "TomTato" is a hand-grafted plant that brings together tomatoes and potatoes, two close relatives, that together give us one of life's great pleasures: 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. It produces the sweetest cherry tomatoes you've ever tasted by the hundreds. This year an improved grafting method should ensure much larger crops of potatoes than in 2015 with a few pounds per plant.



Mighty Mato and Mighty Mini Mato Grafted Tomatoes consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties hand-grafted onto super strong tomato rootstock that confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in up to 2-3 times more tomatoes per plant than ungrafted plants! Heirloom tomatoes that are sometimes shy in their yields produce like never before. Cool modern varieties also produce extra large yields. The new Mighty Mini Matos are dwarf plants growing to just 3-4 feet tall. Though all Mighty Matos can be grown in large pots, these Mighty Minis will be right at home in containers and will stay compact so they won't overwhelm your small spaces.

Mighty Mato ‘Amish Paste’ Mighty Mato ‘Beefsteak’
Mighty Mato ‘Big Beef’ Mighty Mato ‘Big Zac’
Mighty Mato ‘Black Cherry’ Mighty Mato ‘Black Krim’
Mighty Mato ‘Brandywine’ (Sudduth’s) Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Purple’
Mighty Mato ‘Celebrity’ Mighty Mato ‘Cherokee Purple’
Mighty Mato 'Chocolate Stripes' Mighty Mato 'Costoluto Genovese'
Mighty Mato ‘Early Girl’ Mighty Mato ‘Homestead 24’
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Apple’ Mighty Mato ‘Mortgage Lifter’ (Estler’s)
Mighty Mato ‘Pineapple’ Mighty Mato 'San Marzano' (Redorta)
Mighty Mato ‘Stupice’ Mighty Mato ‘Sun Sugar’
Mighty Mato ‘Sweet Million’ Mighty Mini Mato 'Iditarod'
Mighty Mini Mato Indigo 'Dwarf Shadow Boxing' Mighty Mini Mato 'Tasmanian Chocolate'


Mighty Melons and Mighty Veggies consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties that are grafted onto super strong rootstock that, like the Mighty Matos, confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in extra large crops of fruit and vegetables. The grafting can make a particularly positive difference in our cool summer climates with melons, peppers and eggplants that all require hot seasons to produce good crops.

Mighty Melons 'Ambrosia' Cantaloupe Mighty Melons 'Swan Lake' Honeydew
Mighty Melons 'Sugar Baby' Watermelon Mighty Veggies 'Coolcumber' (Khassib) Cucumber
Mighty Veggies 'Gigabite' Cucumber Mighty Veggies 'Epic' (Dusky) Eggplant
Mighty Veggies 'Anaheim' Pepper Mighty Veggies 'Golden Bell' Pepper
Mighty Veggies 'Jalapeno' Pepper Mighty Veggies 'Orange Bell' Pepper 9 + GST
Mighty Veggies 'Red Bell' (King Arthur) Pepper


Full Descriptions and Ordering



Pixie Grape Pre-Order

The Pixie Grapes are a new series of dwarf grape vines for containers and small spaces developed in the Niagara region of Ontario that will often produce fruit in their first year and forever more after that. They are perfect for small spaces and patios, conversation pieces, and as a gift for every wine lover you know. In 2015 the first Pixie Grape 'Pinot Meunier Purple' hit the scene. This year two new Pixie Grapes join it: 'Cabernet Franc' and 'Riesling'. Now you can really get your Pixie Vineyard going!

Pixie Grapes only grow to about 2+ feet tall and wide and get lots of bunches of grapes on its small frame over a long season. They require minimal pruning.

'Pinot Meunier Purple'
One of the famous Champagne grapes.
'Cabernet Franc'
A fabled variety from Bordeaux and the Loire.
Most varied white from the Mosel of Germany.

More Information and Ordering



Brazelberry Pre-Order 2016

Brazelberries are one of the hottest items for gardens and patios. They are dwarf berry bushes (four blueberries and one raspberry) that can be grown in pots on your patio or in the garden. They are attractive plants that produce tons of fruit. What could be better than fresh blueberries and raspberries right from your own garden on beautiful plants that make your garden look great year-round? Pre-order now for pick-up in mid April (exact date yet to be determined). We will email you closer to the pick-up date to let you know exactly when you can get your hands on your new berry bushes!

NEW! Vaccinium 'Perpetua' -- Blueberry
'Perpetua' is the newest BrazelBerry. It is a true double-cropping blueberry that sets one crop of fruit in mid-summer, and then flowers and fruits a second time to provide ripe fruit in the fall.

The leaves are dark green, somewhat shiny, and curly or twisted in the spring and summer, turning to deep reds and greens in the winter. The new canes are bright yellow and red in winter.

Perpetua has smallish berries that are mild and sweet.
1.5g pot. $24.99 + GST


You can also order five other BrazelBerries:

Blueberry 'Peach Sorbet'
'Jelly Bean'
Blueberry 'Blueberry Glaze'
Blueberry 'Pink Icing'
Raspberry 'Raspberry Shortcake'

More Information and Ordering



'Owari' Satsuma Mandarin Hardy Citrus Pre-Sale

Grow your own satsuma mandarins outside in coastal BC and harvest your delicious fruit at Christmas time!

Citrus reticulata ‘Owari’ is a satsuma mandarin orange that is hardy outdoors in coastal BC! Plants form lush, tropical-looking, evergreen shrubs to 5-8 ft tall, bloom with white, incredibly fragrant flowers, and produce excellent crops of sweet, juicy, seedless fruit just like you buy in boxes at the supermarket but these you can pick off your very own tree at Christmas time!

More Info and Order


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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

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