Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: The Hellebore Hurrah! Opening Weekend 2011

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

Rain, Shine or Tuktoyaktuk!
The Hellebore Hurrah! must go on!

The Hellebore Hurrah! is this weekend. Mother Nature has frequently had a sense of humour the weekend of the Hurrah! We have held it in all kinds of weather conditions over the years: pouring rain, zero degrees and flurries, 15 degrees Celsius and sunny, you name it, it's happened. One year it snowed eight inches a few days before the Hurrah! so we made two snowmen to greet you with hellebore flowers for eyes!

Remember that the Hellebore Hurrah! is held inside our big shade greenhouse. With a little sun it will be toasty warm in there. We'll also have tea and hot chocolate and cookies to keep you warm. Still, dress for the weather so that you'll be warm and comfy.

I'll wait to see what you think but it could be the best Hellebore Hurrah! EVER! We're so proud of the selection and the thousands of hellebores blooming their hearts out for you.

Below you will find a montage of preview photos of the Hellebore Greenhouse taken in the days leading up to the Hurrah!

We can't wait to see you at the nursery! Please tell all your friends and neighbours and even bring them along.

Friends don't let friends miss the Hellebore Hurrah!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

Read about the Hellebore Hurrah!
in the Vancouver Sun
Hurrah for Classy Hellebores
by Steve Whysall

It is being billed as “one of the largest and most exciting selections of hellebores ever offered in North America.”

More than 90 different species and cultivars, gathered from top plant breeders around the world, will be on show and up for sale this weekend at Phoenix Perennials, the cottage nursery run by Gary Lewis in Richmond.

Lewis is calling the show Hellebore Hurrah.


Follow Steve's blog and visit his webpage.




Opening Weekend 2011
The Hellebore Hurrah!
Celebrating early spring and all things Hellebore

February 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2011

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. There will be lots of new cultivars. We will also be offering free workshops on hellebores. You won't want to miss this weekend!

Grab your gardening friends and come on down!

The Hellebore Hurrah! Catalogue 2011

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 (5.8 MB). If you have trouble you can also download it from our website The catalogue is in pdf format and is 5.8 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.

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.

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.

See you soon!

The Hellebore Hurrah 2011
Preview Pictures

Here are a series of images of the Hellebore Greenhouse taken in the days leading up to the Hurrah! The colours are fantastic. The blooms are vibrant and just reaching peak! Every day I walk into the greenhouse and I'm enchanted. I hope you come to see it! We are very proud of the Hurrah! Even if you don't buy anything, just come see it!


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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs, hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing.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 25th, 2011 until October 31st, 2011

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