Hello People Who Eat Their Gardens!

We are sending this Edible Alert out to everyone on our subscriber lists because who doesn't like fresh, local, delicious tomatoes? Well, I've heard a rumour that some people don't like tomatoes but most people revel in them - when they taste like real tomatoes, that is.

We have just that coming up for you! We'll be celebrating heirloom tomatoes and their cool modern cousins with our famous tomato tasting sessions, sales of tomato fruit, and displays of tomatoes.

We are just a few weeks away so now is the time to register for your tomato tasting sessions and book your tomatoes for pick-up at the Fest. Also, don't forget to mark down on your calendar to come to the nursery on Sat Sept 10th to see our beautiful displays of 40-50 different tomatoes arranged and labelled so you can explore the diverse world of tomatoes.

Full details are below. Have a look, organize our friends, and register!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians


2 for 1
Mix & Match




The Fifth Annual
Heirloom Tomato Festival
Join us for tomato tastings, tomato fruit displays, and heirloom tomato fruit for sale!
Saturday September 10th, 2016


At the Heirloom Tomato Festival we have lots of great ways to experience tomatoes. You can:

1. Attend a Tomato Tasting
2. Pre-Order Tomato Fruit for Sept 10/11
3. View Displays of Tomato Fruit and Tomato Plants


1. Tomato Tasting Sessions

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tomato Tastings at The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Gary | Sat Sept 10, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm | $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.

Register Online!

Tasters ready to taste.
Tomatoes ready for tasting!
Gary, your tomato instructor.
A party mix of tomatoes.


2. Pre-Book Tomato Fruit for Pick-Up Sept 10th or 11th

Each Party Mix contains a fantastically diverse selection of about three plus pounds of heirloom and cool modern tomatoes. Have a look at the picture below. The price is $16 each which is about the same pricing as heirloom tomatoes at local farmers' markets. There is no tax. These tomatoes are grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes! Cawston has some of the best conditions anywhere for growing delicious tomatoes.

Enjoy them yourselves or plan a barbecue or tomato tasting with your friends or family - they will be fascinated by the diversity!

A great way to serve heirloom tomatoes is to slice them fresh on a plate and drizzle them with a high quality olive oil and an aged Italian balsamic vinegar then sprinkle them with a good quality sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Delicious! .

Book in Advance and pick up on Sept 10th or 11th.

Pre-Book Tomatoes


3. View Displays of Tomato Fruit and Tomato Plants

At the Heirloom Tomato Festival we'll have special displays of heirloom and cool modern tomatoes so you can see the vast range of shapes, sizes and colours offered by the marvelous tomato.

We can't wait to see you at the Heirloom Tomato Festival!





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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, 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 26th to October 30th, 2016

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