Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Fall and Winter Workshops

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Fall and Winter Workshops


Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

We are sending out this special e-newsletter to announce our Fall and Winter Workshop schedule. We have an exciting line up for gardeners of all ages and ability levels.

For those of you looking for fun and creativity we have some returning favourites like Jewels of the Spring Garden and Winter Containers to Die For but we also have some exciting new workshops like Terrariums and Fall Wreaths.

For those of you looking to build your knowledge our free Gardening 101 series has some great seasonal subjects: Top Plant Performers for Fall and Winter, Plants for Fall Colour and Preparing the Garden For Winter.

If you're a parent or a grandparent of kids aged 7-12, don't let them miss our Young Sprouts Kids Club. We have three workshops this fall: Harvest Time!, Why do leaves change colour?, and The Magic of Bulbs. These workshops combine botany, horticulture and arts and crafts to teach kids about gardening and the natural world around them.

And if you're a festive person, don't miss our Christmas Hurrah! weekend with DIY project, wreath making, and Christmas Rose outdoor containers!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

Heirloom Tomato Fest: Is Something Missing?

Some of you have been asking. Our popular celebration of tomatoes is taking a year off this year as owner Gary Lewis will be leading a group of travellers to South Africa. The Tomato Fest will be back in 2016.


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Fall and Winter Workshops


GARDENING 101 SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall & Winter

Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Kate will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for our other session on Spring and Summer.

Instructor: Kate | Sun Sept 13th, 11am-12pm | Free* |



CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Containers

By fall you might be ready for a rest from the garden but do yourself one little favour before winter comes: plant some bulbs. You’ll be glad you did come spring. In this workshop you’ll meet a diverse range spring blooming bulbs for the garden and containers including many uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays in containers or small spaces. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own bulb container.

Instructor: Kate | Sat September 19th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Bulbs not included. |




Fall is a time of bountiful harvests when farmers and gardeners alike are bringing in their crops after the spring and summer growing season. Our Young Sprouts will explore this time of year, talk about where all these harvests came from, and how they are so important for our lives. Then they'll get to make their own veggie people!

Instructore: Kate | Sun September 20th, 11am-12pm | FREE*


CONTAINER SERIES | Terrariums: Bring the Outdoors In

It's time to bring back terrariums! These miniature gardens inside glass vessels are perfect decorations for inside the house year round. We'll have a variety of succulents, ferns, air plants, venus fly traps, and sundews for you to combine with coloured mosses, stones, and glass pebbles. The rest is up to you! Kate will instruct you on the ins and outs of designing and caring for the miniature gardens inside your terrariums. Then you'll get to do up your own!

Instructor: Kate | Sat September 26th, 10am-12pm | $20 + tax | Moss, stone, pebbles and soil are included. The plants and container you choose are not included. |



GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour

Do you have a colourful fall garden? Or does it just turn to grey and yellow mush once the rains start? There are numerous perennials, shrubs and small trees that provide great fall foliage and flower colour. Include just a few of these plants in strategic locations in the garden and you could have a fall garden to remember and look forward to!

Instructor: Jo | Sun Sept 27th, 11am-12pm | FREE* |




GARDENING 101 SERIES | Preparing the Garden for Winter

Guarantee success next season by putting your garden to bed for winter just right. Jo will discuss plant life cycles and how to help them prepare for and survive winter dormancy. She will discuss microclimates, mulch, strategies for protecting less hardy plants, and maintaining winter habitat for pollinators.

Instructor: Jo | Sun October 4th, 11am-12pm | Free* |



CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own

This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. You'll get to plant up and take home your own fabulous 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.

Instructor: Kate | Sun October 4th, 1-3 pm | $14 + tax |




Wreaths aren't just for Christmas or summer succulents. They can also make for a gorgeous fall display to adorn your home and garden. In this workshop you'll be presented with a variety of dried berries and flowers, corn husks, greenery, gourds, miniature pumpkins and more. Then you'll create your very own just in time for Thanksgiving! If you like, you can bring some materials from your home garden to include in your wreath. Look for dried flowers, berries and other autumnal interest.

Instructor: Kate | Sat October 10th, 10am-12pm | $35 + tax | All the materials that you'll need are included in the price of your workshop.



YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Why do leaves change colour and other questions about fall!

Fall is a fun time of year when leaves turn colour and fall. But why? We'll explore the changes we see in the garden and what that means for the plants, animals, birds, and insects that make the garden their home. Then we'll make a fun craft with colourful leaves to take home! Bring some pretty leaves with you or we'll provide some.

Instructore: Kate | Sun October 18th, 11am-12pm | FREE*




Inside the brown and white bulbs, corms and rhizomes available in fall are little plants with beautiful flowers ready to pop out in spring and give us a beautiful display. Why do some plants form these little structures and others not? Learn about the magic of bulbs then plant up your own pot of bulbs to take home for spring!

Instructore: Kate | Sun October 25th, 11am-12pm| FREE*





THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container

Come any time during the weekend and set yourself up at our self-serve craft tables. Select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay pot or a festive metal container and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. A trusty Phoenician will be nearby if you need help.

This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home at Christmas or for gifts for friends and family at Christmas parties and gatherings. You'll probably want to do a few of them and you'll probably want to bring a friend.

Fri Dec 4th-Sun December 6th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax includes one budded/blooming hellebore in a 5 inch pot and all the fixings. As part of your registration you can book to do more than one container and/or bring a friend.



THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop

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.

Sat December 5th, 10am-12pm | $55 + tax (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 Outdoor Container Workshop

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.

Sun December 6th, 10am-12pm | $20 + tax. Cost includes soil and the twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up.



Instructor Biographies

Kate Herring is a multi-talented woman with a love for perennials and design. Kate holds a Certificate in Garden Design from UBC and is a Master Gardener. In addition to her roles in retail sales and workshop instruction at Phoenix, Kate is also one of our in-house designers for our In-Nursery Design Service. Kate is an incredibly crafty person -- watch for more and more of her creations at the nursery and for new workshops in the coming years.

Jo Turner (Dip. Landscape Hort., Capilano College), is a Vancouver horticulturalist/gardener who has been associated with Phoenix on a part-time basis for several years. She also does design, consulting and maintenance in private gardens independently. Over the past few years Jo has offered workshops for adults and children at Phoenix on a variety of horticultural topics. Currently serving on the board of the Alpine Garden Club, she continues to be fascinated with garden design and history, garden writing and of course, plants and those who love them...


Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance. Workshops cannot run without a minimum of 5 people so please book early and bring your friends.

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.

Each workshop requires a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 15-25 depending on the workshop. If the minimum is not met we may not be able to run the workshop in which case we will contact you a few days before the scheduled date of the workshop and give you a credit towards another class, a credit at the nursery, or a refund. To ensure your favourite workshops go ahead please tell all your friends and bring them along. You'll have more fun that way too. Workshops are a great way to spend time with family and friends.

If you are unable to attend a workshop you have already signed up for please give us 3 days notice. We would be happy to give you a credit towards another class or a credit at the nursery. We cannot offer credits, however, unless you let us know 3 days in advance of your workshop that you cannot attend.


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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 |

Opening Dates and Hours
February 27th to November 1st, 2015

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