Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants


The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
November and December 2006

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

The plants were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of great horticultural successes danced in their gardeners' heads.

It's that "cozy" time of year. I hope everyone is taking a rest from their gardens, celebrating this year's successes, and planning for more in the future.

The nursery is now put to bed for the winter and work now turns towards winter tasks including phase two of our website redevelopment and ordering plants and seeds from new and far flung parts of the world.

The nursery will re-open on March 2nd, 2007 with our Hellebore Hurrah! Mark your calendars. With the demise of Heronswood Nursery, 2007 could be the last year that their fabulous hellebores are available. So if you've been dreaming of double hellebores or have been covetting your friend's dark and luscious 'Heronswood Slate' then you may want to try to encourage a few Phoenix Perennials gift certificates to come your way this holiday season. I've included information below on our gift certificates. Also in this e-newsletter you'll find a summary of and thank you for 2006 and a few "festive" images from my recent trip to China!

Happy Holidays!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

In this Issue
1. Thank you for a Great Third Season!
Give the Gift of Beautiful Plants: Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificates at Christmas Time
3. Festive Chrysanthemums in China


Thank you for a Great Third Season!

I would like to thank all of you, our customers, for making our third season at Phoenix another great success. We have continued to grow both in happy customers and in numbers of plants. This year we offered over 2500 different species and cultivars of perennials and shrubs, the majority of which we grow ourselves.

It is gratifying for us to receive such a great response from gardeners for the work that we do. There are fewer and fewer retail nurseries these days that grow their own plants. We believe that we learn so much from this process. And what we learn becomes information that we can pass on to you. As well, it allows us great flexibility to offer an unparalleled selection of plants sourced from all over the world. For 2007 we are planning shipments of plant material from Europe, the US, Canada, India, Japan and South Africa!

Our two special weekends were very popular this year. The Hellebore Hurrah! in March was a great way to kick off the season with a healthy dose of plant lust. Many choice hellebores found new homes that weekend. The Summer Sizzle in July was a lot of fun as well. I hope you enjoyed the plant photography of Jane Eaton Hamilton ( and the mosaic work of Cliff Thorbes (, two very talented local artists.

We had a great time offering our first season of workshops at the nursery in 2006. Gardening is an adventure in learning and we are pleased so many of you came to learn with us. Over the winter we'll be planning a new season of fun and informative classes. I had lots of fun giving gardening talks to diverse garden clubs across the Lower Mainland and meeting many avid gardeners. If I haven't visited your garden club yet I'd love to have the opportunity in 2007.

Our tradition of giving back to the community continued in 2006. We held four Charity Shopping Weekends over the course of the season and raised over $1400 for UBC Botanical Garden, Van Dusen Botanical Garden, the Homestart Foundation, and the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. In two years we have donated over $2000 to local charities and worthy institutions. We look forward to holding more Weekends in 2007.

That was 2006! See you soon for 2007!


Give the Gift of Beautiful Plants
Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificates at Christmas Time

Our popular gift certificates are great for stocking stuffers or for under the tree. If you've got an avid gardener in your life not only will they get some great plants from their gift certificate but they'll also get months of anticipation as they wait for the gardening season to arrive.

If you're the most worthy recipient of a Phoenix gift certificate that you know then I recommend *subtly* fowarding this email to your loved ones. If your loved ones sometimes don't get the hint you can always purchase a gift certificate for yourself. We are happy to inscribe the gift certificate as being from any Christmas character you desire... Santa, Rudolph, Mrs. Claus, the Head Elf, etc. It won't be the first time we've done it!



Our gift certificates can be ordered online via our secure server by clicking on the Gift Certificate link on the first page of our website You can also call the nursery. If we are not there, leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible. We will check messages every couple of days.

Happy Holidays!


Festive Chrysanthemums in China

The Chinese love their chrysanthemums -- so much so that every fall the parks, squares, gardens, monasteries, and other public sites across the country are adorned with large and impressive displays. Chrysanthemums were cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC. An ancient Chinese city was named Chu-Hsien, meaning "chrysanthemum city". The flower was introduced into Japan around the 8th century AD and to Europe in the 17th century AD. Today the chrysanthemum is used in teas as well as for ornamental purposes across China. The flowers represent nobility and elegance to the Chinese people. Currently there are said to be more than 3000 different chrysanthemum cultivars grown in China.

Various large-flowered cultivars mass-planted along the Yangtze River. These flowers are about six to eight inches in diametre.

Chrysanthemum balls and pillars in the the Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou. The pillars are not forms holding various pots. Each pot contains three to five plants each of which are staked and grown to 6 to 8 feet tall!

This disc of orange chrysanthemums is a single plant measuring at least six feet in diametre! The flowers are held by the concentric circles of a wooden frame to present a uniform floral pattern. Tiger Hill Pagoda, Suzhou.

While this single chrysanthemum plant is perhaps meant to represent the nearby Tiger Hill Pagoda of Suzhou it looked awfully like a Christmas tree to us westerners. For reference sake Randy is six foot four. Again a bamboo frame is used to support the plant and to arrange the flowers.

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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.

Seven Days a Week 10am-5pm
March 2nd, 2007 through October 31st, 2007

Copyright Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd. 2006

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