Hello Hellebore Lovers!

Though Phoenix Perennials is now closed for the winter season we do have one more special open weekend when you can come and have fun with: The Christmas Hurrah!.

The Christmas Hurrah! is just a month away on the weekend of December 4th-6th, 2015. We have an exciting line-up of Christmas Rose workshops and a DIY project plus top quality plants available through our Christmas Rose Pre-Sale. Though we will have some extra hellebores available at the event, we recommend pre-ordering to ensure you get the plants that you desire.

In addition to our classic Christmas Rose Wreath Making and Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshops plus our Christmas Rose DIY Indoor Container Project we have added a new workshop called "Hellebore in a Handbag" (pictured below). This one is going to be fun, especially for ladies and expecially if you bring a girlfriend. Check out all the information below.

Our new workshop "Hellebore in a Handbag" has just been added to our line-up for the Christmas Hurrah!

See you soon at the Christmas Hurrah!

Yours in Hellebores, Gary and the Phoenicians

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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 4th to December 6th, 2015
(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 new innovation in hellebore breeding with an old tradition from northern Europe.

A New Innovation

The new innovation is the Gold Collection cultivars of the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, from the breeder Hueger 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-Sale you'll be able to purchase blooming plants of Helleborus niger 'Jacob', 'Jonas', 'Jesko' and 'Josef Lemper' which bloom from November or December all the way to March! We also have other cutting edge members of the Gold Collection available for pre-sale that begin blooming in the new year. While we will have extra plants available for purchase at the Hurrah!, it is best to order in advance to guarantee you get your plants. Last year we sold out of many hellebores half way through the weekend!

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. Four workshops will give you the opportunity to doll up your home for Christmas using the Christmas rose.

The Christmas Rose Workshops

Do-It-Yourself Christmas Rose Indoor Container Project | Fri Dec 4th to Sun Dec 6th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax includes one hellebore, a festive container & all the fixings. | Come any time during the weekend, select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay or festive metal pot, and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home or for gifts for friends and family! Bring a friend to maximize your fun.
Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Kate Herring | Sat Dec 5th, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | View pictures from last year's class. | Wreaths were the first way flowers and foliage were used for decoration. Continue the tradition with Kate as she leads you through the creation of your wreath and then shows you how to use Christmas roses, Helleborus niger, and other fresh flowers in your wreath! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. You may bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath if you like.

Hellebore in a Handbag | Instructor: Kate Herring | Sat Dec 5th, 1-3pm | $40 | 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.




Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Kate Herring | Sun Dec 6th, 10-12 | $20 + tax (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | View pictures from last year's class. | 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. Shelley will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up. Bring a friend to maximize your fun.





Hellebore Pre-Sale 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 4th-6th, 2015. 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.

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!

Pre-Order to Secure Your Plants: 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! It also allows you to 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 that are not pre-sold since we are only open for one weekend for this event. Please pre-order to avoid disappointment. Many people will pre-order the plants they know they need to have and then pick up a few extra when they see them in person.

More Info and Order Your Hellebores

Early December*

Helleborus niger 'HGC Jesko'
Mid December*

Helleborus niger 'HGC Josef Lemper'
Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob'

Helleborus niger 'HGC Jonas'
Early January*

Helleborus x nigercors 'HGC Icebreaker Prelude'
Helleborus x nigercors 'HGC Icebreaker Fancy'

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Marlon'
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Monte Cristo'
Mid January*

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Moonbeam'
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Shooting Star'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Camelot'
Early February*

Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Love Bug'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Pink Frost'

Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Merlin'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Mahogany Snow'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Platinum Rose'

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.


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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 27th to November 1st, 2015

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