Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: February 2010

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
February 2010

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

Happy Olympics to everyone! I hope everyone has a chance to experience the energy in the city. I was at the Opening Ceremonies and then downtown on Saturday and Sunday to see the flame and walk around to the different country pavilions. The energy is electric. The downtown was packed with a few hundred thousand extra people!

Without further ado, let's get back to plants. The 2010 season is about to begin. When all is said and done, when all the medals have been handed out, when Vancouver falls into a post-Olympic depression, Phoenix Perennials will be there for you with The Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend. In this issue you can download the Hellebore Hurrah! Catalogue filled with delectable images of most of the hellebores we'll have on offer - over 90 different species, strains, and cultivars. Wow!

At the Hurrah! we'll launch our new 2010 collectible t-shirt. See below to learn what this year's saying is! And, if you live on the Sunshine Coast I'll be speaking in Gibsons on Thursday February 18th.

I have taken the plunge and created a Facebook Fan Page for Phoenix Perennials. If you are on Facebook all you have to do is click on the link below. Or, from your account, search "Phoenix Perennials" and click to become a Fan. Combined with the technology of my iPhone the Fan Page will allow me to send instant updates about the nursery and photos. If a brand new plant comes available or something is blooming its heart out, you'll be the first to know. On the Fan Page you'll also be able to see upcoming events and look at galleries of images.

New Facebook Fan Page
Follow new plants, events and happenings in real time with regularly posted images and notes from the nursery. 

See you soon!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

Celebrate that Big Sporting Event that's Coming to Town and Cheer on Our Athletes with
Helleborus Vancouver Medallion

This beautiful hellebore has attractive evergreen foliage and flowers opening creamy white, darkening through yellow-green with a pink blush and then to rich chocolate. Squint your eyes and Vancouver Medallion looks like gold, silver and bronze medals! Originally given the name ‘Candy Love’ by Belgian breeder Het Wilgenbroek, this cultivar was rechristened by the Garden Club of Vancouver and Valleybrook Gardens with the name Vancouver Medallion in honour of the 2010 Winter Olympics. It has been mass planted at the top of Taylor Way in West Vancouver, at Prospect Point in Stanley Park and by gardeners all over Greater Vancouver to welcome visitors to our city and to show them how amazing gardening can be on the West Coast. Imagine! Flowers blooming at the Winter Olympics!

Special February Open Hours
Starting on Thursday February 4th we will be open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm for you to pick up your Vancouver Medallions. We will remain closed on the Weekends, however, until the Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend.


In this Issue

1. The Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend
2. New Phoenix Perennials T-Shirt
3. Upcoming Speaking Engagements by Owner Gary Lewis


Opening Weekend 2010
The Hellebore Hurrah!
Celebrating early spring and all things Hellebore

March 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2010

Brace yourselves for one of the largest and most exciting selections of hellebores ever offered in North America!
This year we bring you an unparalleled selection of different species, cultivars and strains of Hellebores sourced from some of the best breeders in North America and around the world. Mark your calendars! You won't want to miss this weekend!

Free Workshop
Hellebores in the Garden: Secrets of Success with the Lenten Rose
Instructor: Shelley Brignall

Take a tour of the various hellebores for the garden then learn about their soil, nutrient, light and water requirements, how to clean them up after the winter, how to dead head the flowers, take care of potential pests, how to divide and much more. The workshop will last for approximately one hour.
Friday and Saturday of the Hellebore Hurrah! at Noon.

Mark your calendars!

The Hellebore Hurrah! Catalogue 2010

The Hellebore Hurrah! Catalogue includes information on hellebores and their cultivation, the breeders whose hellebores we'll be offering plus a catalogue of most of the plants that will be at the Hurrah! Enjoy, but beware!

Click here to download the catalogue.

The catalogue is in pdf format and is 4 megabytes in size. Click on the link to open it. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it which you can download for free from the Adobe Site. Once opened you can save the catalogue to your computer or print it for detailed study and pre-shopping.


We will have available for purchase at the Hellebore Hurrah! copies of
Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide
by C. Colston Burrell and Judith Knott Tyler

This excellent book is the definitive book on the genus Helleborus, packed with up-to-the-minute, comprehensive information on growing, maintenance, design, hybridization and selection. It is lavishly illustrated and is an excellent reference for hellebore lovers of all levels.



New Phoenix Perennials Collectible T-Shirt
"I garden, therefore I am."

Welcome to our third offering of Phoenix Wear!

This high quality tee is black with embroidered text in royal blue. They are great for gardening, plant shopping, going to garden group meetings, and for getting philosophical with your gardening friends!

Our t-shirts will be arriving at the nursery in time for the Hellebore Hurrah! They will be available in S, M, L, and XL. They will cost $19.99.

By popular demand, we will also be keeping in print our 2008 and 2009 t-shirts. In 2008 the saying was "There are worse addictions than plants." In 2009 it was "I can only have one husband but as many flowers as I want!"




Upcoming Speaking Engagements
by Phoenix Perennials Owner Gary Lewis

These talks are open to the public. There may be an entrance fee to these events and garden group meetings. It would be great to see you there!

Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World: Botanically Intriguing Options for Your Garden
Join Gary Lewis, owner of Phoenix Perennials, for a whirlwind trip around the world to discover a multitude of weird and wonderful plants to add botanical intrigue to your garden. In this colourful, image-rich and dynamic Power Point presentation you'll discover amazing plants from every continent (except Antarctica!) including Cobra Lilies from Asia, acacias and bottlebrushes from Australia, broadleaf pokers from South Africa, orchids from North America and much more.

Gibsons Garden Club
Thursday February 18th
Heritage Playhouse, 7pm
For more information contact: John Lockwood at 604-886-3143
Tickets available at the door.

Among Kangaroo Paws and Grass Trees: The incredible spring flora of Western Australia
Join Gary for a trip Down Under to explore an out of this world flora you have likely never even dreamed of – a world of Banksias and featherflowers, Donkey orchids and Spider orchids, eucalypts and myrtles and, of course, kangaroo paws and grass trees. In this talk you’ll see wonderful photography from his recent trip as well as learn about why this area of the world is considered a biodiversity “hot spot.”

Mayne Island Garden Club
Wednesday March 17th, 2pm
Contact Robyn Yeldon at 250-539-9814 for more information.

Milner Gardens Speaker Series
Thursday March 25th, 7pm
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones St., Tickets $10


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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada with over 4000 different species and cultivars of garden plants.
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.

March 5th through October 31st, 2010
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