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Workshops and Classes at the Nursery in 2014

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Welcome to our 2014 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering over 50 different classes on a wide range of gardening topics including our new FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners.

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.

Our workshops are grouped thematically into series to keep them organized and help you make your selections.

GARDENING 101 SERIES- Our new FREE series is designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners with a wide range of topics to develop your gardening knowledge and build your confidence in the garden.
CONTAINER SERIES - This series of workshops explores the incredible versatility of perennial plants for creative use in a diverse range of containers, wreaths, living walls and hanging baskets.
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES - This series focuses on growing your own edibles, earth-friendly gardening techniques, and encouraging nature in the garden.
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES - This series celebrates the power of perennials to transform our gardens and our lives.
KIDS SERIES - Our new kids series is designed to introduce kids and their families to edible and ornamental plants and the joys of gardening.

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Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

April

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning for Dummies | Instructor: Patricia | Sat April 12th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | We all feel confused when it comes to pruning. No longer! Join Patricia the Priestess of the Pruners for this free pruning primer. She’ll discuss the art and science of pruning and answer your most common pruning questions with discussion and demonstrations on a wide variety of woody species.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Foundations of a Healthy Garden | Instructor: Kate | Sun April 13th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Success in the garden is easy to achieve when you pay attention to the fundamentals. Kate will discuss taking care of your soil with mulching, fertilizing and composting, general plant maintenance to encourage plant health, earth-friendly techniques for insect, disease and weed control and the concept of right plant, right place.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Perennials | Instructor: Jo | Sun April 13th, 1-2pm | FREE* | If you’re a beginner who is keen to get gardening or an intermediate gardener who wants to fill in your knowledge, this workshop will be a great confidence builder. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success including basic botany, the “right plant, right place” mantra including considerations for soil type and moisture, light and hardiness, and how to select, plant and care for your perennials through the year. We’ll also introduce you to some of the major groups of tried and true perennials and discuss how to use them in the garden. You’ll be well on your way to confidently achieve the gardening success you’ve always dreamed of!
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Perennials from Seed | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 19th, 10-11am | FREE* | Belinda has grown hundreds, if not thousands, of different seeds during her gardening life. Join her for this valuable workshop on how to grow your own perennials from seed. She’ll discuss different techniques for sowing your seeds including overcoming seed dormancy plus give you play by play instructions of turning a packet of seeds into exciting perennials for your garden and your friends’ gardens!
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Endless Summer: 365 Days of Berries and Fruit in the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat April 19th, 2-4pm | $14 | Do you long for the sweet taste of summer at times of the year when summer is just a faraway dream? Take heart, fellow foodies, you can enjoy the bounty of summer berries and fruit year-round with some simple skills and a little planning. Your instructor Cathy will teach you about the different kinds of fruit and berries you can grow in your garden and in containers on your patio. Then she will teach you different ways to preserve your bounty such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, cherries, and much more. She will discuss preserving through canning, drying and freezing and tell you which processes are best for each particular fruit. She will show you the equipment you will need and demonstrate the different preservation techniques. She will then give you some recipe ideas for using your preserved fruits and berries long after summer has passed.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Strategies for Successful Balconies and Small Spaces | Instructor: Kate | Sun April 20th, 1-2pm | FREE* | Do you have a small outdoor space that you want to turn into your sanctuary from the busy urban world? With some strategic planning to maximize the use of your space, some creative design ideas to make your space beautiful and a selection of the best multi-season interest plants including plants for privacy, you can have the get-away of your dreams.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 26th, 10am-12pm | $14 + choice of shadowbox | Discover your inner artiste as you create a unique shadowbox "painting" using succulents such as hens and chicks, echeveria and sedums as your "paint" colours. This living wall can be hung on your sunny patio, balcony, gate or fence. Your friends will marvel at your creative talents! View images from last year. We will have various custom-made shadowbox options available for you to plant up and create your masterpiece. The plants you decide to use are not included in the price of your workshop.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Clematis and Vines for All Seasons | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 26th 2-3pm | FREE* | Belinda will introduce you to all kinds of great vines for colour and fragrance all season long. She’ll talk about the huge variety of different clematis and how to care for them as well as other vines like honeysuckle, jasmine, deciduous and evergreen climbing hydrangea, passionflowers, kiwis and more.
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KIDS SERIES | Bad Hair Day Kids Workshop | Instructor: Kate | Sun April 27th, 11am-12pm | $30, includes all materials | You know how hair grows but what about plants? Kate will teach you about what plants need to grow and how to care for them. Then everyone will get a terracotta pot in the shape of a head with a smiling face and Kate will teach you how to give your head a fabulous hair style by planting it up with different plants! You’ll let your creative juices flow as you design the perfect “hair” style for your terracotta friend. Will it be a good hair day or a bad hair day? You decide! Parent participation recommended for younger children.
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POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Sensational Simplified Gardens | Instructor: Jo | Sun April 27th, 1-3pm | Do you want the beauty and serenity of a garden but need to keep the care and maintenance of this space at a manageable level? This workshop will introduce you to strategies for creating a lower maintenance garden and patio through the careful and strategic selection of easy-care perennials, shrubs and groundcovers that deliver multiple seasons of interest. Jo will discuss how to renovate existing areas to simplify their care and create beautiful new spaces that won’t take up all of your valuable leisure time.
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May

CONTAINER SERIES | Hearts and Stars Succulent Living Wall Planter | Instructor: Kate | Sat May 3rd, 10-11:30am | $14 + choice of planter ($49.99) | The hottest gardens these days are vertical and what could be cooler than a living wall planter in the shape of a heart or a star? Our hearts and stars are hand-made from reclaimed fence boards providing a rustic frame in which you can plant a masterpiece of succulents including hen and chicks, stonecrops and echeveria. These planters also make perfect gifts for Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day or other special occasions. The plants you decide to use are not included in the price of your workshop. Please Note: If you would like to plant up letters or numbers instead of hearts or stars then register for this workshop but do not choose to purchase a heart or star. Then pre-order from our full range of living wall shapes: Living Wall Planter Pre-Order.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 3rd, 2-4pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their 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. If you do not have a container we will have various options available for you at the workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Shrubs | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 4th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Shrubs are an integral part of the garden. If you’re a beginner who is keen to get gardening or an intermediate gardener who wants to fill in your knowledge about shrubs, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success with shrubs. We will present the best shrubs for city gardens and patios, emphasize multi-season interest, and highlight the best plants for different times of year. We’ll also discuss the selection, planting and ongoing care of shrubs including pruning. With a combination of theory, demonstrations and hands on learning you’ll be well on your way to achieving the gardening success you’ve always dreamed of!
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CONTAINER SERIES | Haute Couture Gardening: Purses and Pumps for Chic Displays | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 4th, 1-2pm | $14 + selection of purses & pumps ($19.99) | Strike a pose with fantastic moss-covered purses and pumps for a haut couture, prêt-à-porter, fashion show runway statement for your own backyard. Kate will show you a bunch of possibilities for potting up your purses and pumps and then you’ll get right down to glitzing them up and accessorizing them with succulents and other cool plants to make your very own fashion statement. Eat your heart out Versace! These would make a great present for Mothers’ Day or wedding centerpieces! The price of the workshop includes your instruction and soil. When you register please choose the purses and pumps you’d like to plant up. Additional purses and pumps will be available at the workshop if supplies last. The plants you choose for planting up are not included.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Fairy Gardening for All Ages | Instructor: Chantal, the CFO | Sat May 10th, 10am-12pm | $40, includes a shallow plastic terra cotta pot, soil, two fairy plants and a $20 voucher for additional plants and accessories | Parent and child are welcome to attend together for the same price of $40. | Do you have fairies in your garden? If the answer is no then it might be because you haven’t planted them a fairy garden yet! Fairy gardening is a hobby for all ages from girls to grandmothers and everybody in between. Fairy gardens are gardens in miniature complete with furniture and garden accessories for fairies to lounge and entertain. These gardens can be created for indoor or outdoor spaces and are great for normal yards to little balconies. Chantal our CFO (Chief Fairy Officer) will be on site to introduce you to the world of fairy gardening including fairy lore and a demonstration on how to plant a fairy garden. Then you’ll get to plant up your very own! Join us to learn how to put some magic back in the world! The fairies will thank you for it.
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Chervil: Herbs to Know and Grow | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat May 10th, 2-4pm | $14 | If you don’t know what chervil is (or tarragon or savory or marjoram or shiso or epazote) or what to do with it (and many people don’t!) you’ll want to take this class. Cathy will discuss the full range of culinary herbs available to gardeners. She’ll discuss how to grow them, how to harvest them and how to use them to enhance everything you do in the kitchen including sharing recipe ideas. Your gardening and culinary life will never be the same.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Small Trees for Urban Gardens | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 11th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Carefully selected small trees can transform an outdoor space by offering shade, softening hard scape, creating privacy and adding beauty. In this free workshop Jo will introduce you to a range of small trees that are perfect for small spaces and even containers. You’ll learn how to select the perfect trees for your space and how to grow them.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Globes | Instructor: Kate | Sunday May 11, 1-3pm | $14 + choice of globes | In this workshop a hanging basket becomes a globe and you get to plant the entire surface with succulents such as hen and chicks, stonecrops, echeveria and other succulents. You can choose between three sizes of globes and plant as many as you like. Hang them on your patio or pergola or from trees in your yard for a funky botanical installation you just don’t see everyday – except you will because they’ll be in your garden!
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POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Spring and Summer | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 17th, 10-12pm | $14 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for spring and summer? Shelley 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 second session: Fall and Winter.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Hardy Subtropicals | Instructor: Gary | Sat May 17th, 12-1pm | FREE* | The West Coast is blessed with a mild climate that can support numerous plants with a subtropical look. Hardy palms and hardy bananas are just the start. In this workshop Gary will introduce you to a wide range of bold and beautiful plants that will transform your garden from boring to tropicalisimo!
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CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Belinda | Sat May 17th, 2-4pm | $14 + choice of wreath | And you thought wreaths were only for Christmas time! Belinda will introduce you to an intriguing idea in succulent gardening – planting up a wreath with sempervivums, echeverias, sedums, thyme and other interesting succulents and companion plants. You can hang them on your sunny door or gate or lay them on a table as a centrepiece. No matter how you use them you’ll be sure to wow everyone with this unique garden feature. After some general instruction, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own wreath! We will have round and square wreaths available for you to select when you register. The plants you use are not included in the price of the workshop.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Succulent Perennials for Drama and Structure | Instructor: Gary | Sun May 18th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | There are many succulent perennials available to gardeners that provide great structure and drama in the garden and in containers. Gary will introduce you to some common and not-so-common succulent options (including plants you didn’t think you could grow) and discuss how to use them in your designs.
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KIDS SERIES | Hungry Hagrid Veggie Gardens: Grow Food to Keep Hogwarts and Half Giants Well Fed | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 18th, 1-2:30pm | $30 (Includes all plants and materials.) | Parent participation recommended for younger children. | Calling all Hogwarts House Elves to help Hagrid grow food to keep the castle fed. Harry, Ron and Hermione can’t fight Voldemort’s forces on an empty stomach! Learn all about growing your own veggies then you'll get to plant up your own pot with yummy things to feed Hagrid and the people in Hogwarts Castle.
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Subtropical Fruits for the West Coast Garden | Instructor: Larry | Sat May 24th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Did you know that you can grow citrus outside in Vancouver AND harvest fruit to eat??? Join our resident expert on everything subtropical, unusual and edible for local gardens. From hardy olives to hardy citrus, goji berries to tea, honey berries to Asian pepper, kiwis to pomegranates plus figs, bananas, kumquats and much more, Larry will fill you in on the exciting world of rare and unusual shrubs that will inspire you and your taste buds and impress cocktail party guests. Larry will chat about the range of interesting shrubs and small trees you can grow in your gardens, including their relative levels of hardiness, how to care for them and all the fun things you can do with their fruit.
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | An Edible Bounty: Secrets and Strategies for Year-Round Eating from Containers and Garden | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat May 24th, 2-4pm | $14 | This workshop will focus on the planning and planting of your edible garden and containers with fresh eating and preserving in mind. Whether in the veggie patch or in containers, Cathy will ask you first what you want to eat (including how much and how often!) and then teach you how to plan your planting to meet your culinary goals. She will introduce a variety of herbs and veggies, chat about how to grow them and then share techniques for preserving them for later eating including canning, freezing and drying. She will share some fun and easy recipes and ideas for cooking with fresh or preserved edibles. You can't eat much more locally than your own back yard! This workshop will put you on the path to success in the garden and in the kitchen!
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | How Sweet It Is: Backyard Bee Keeping and Bee-Friendly Plants | Bob Fisher, West Coast Bee Supply with Gary | Sun May 25th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Bees are some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet and they make one of the sweetest and most beloved of foods. They are also responsible for the pollination of countless crops, especially fruit trees and berry bushes. With the relaxing of by-laws in many municipalities many homeowners are now allowed to keep bees in their own backyards. Join local bee expert Bob Fisher of West Coast Bee Supply as he introduces you to the world of the honeybee and gives you some advice on the basics of backyard bee keeping. Bob will bring one of his own thriving beehives to the nursery to introduce you to the honeybee up close and personal! Then Bob and Phoenix Perennials owner, Gary, will discuss the best bee-friendly plants for the garden.
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CONTAINER SERIES/KIDS SERIES | Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds: Plant Up A Pot to Attract Wildlife to your Garden | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 25th, 1-3pm | $14 (adult or parent with child, $5 per additional child) | Parent participation required. | In this workshop you'll learn how to attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and beneficial insects to your garden through the careful selection of beautiful plants loved by our favourite garden visitors. Then you'll plant up a container designed to attract your favourite garden wildlife. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. If you're coming to this workshop you won't want to miss the honeybee workshop earlier in the morning.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Sphere Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before! | Instructor: Belinda | Sat May 31st, 10am-12pm | $14 + sphere ($39.99) | Instead of planting up an annual hanging basket this year why not try perennials? Perennials come back year after year and will save you money on your hanging baskets. Many perennials will be happy for a number of years in a hanging basket or they can be planted in the garden their second year. In this workshop we’ll be using new moss basket planting spheres that will allow you to get creative. You’ll learn about perennials that are suitable for growing in hanging baskets in both sun and shade and then you’ll get a chance to plant up your own sphere to take home with you! The cost does not include the plants you choose to plant in your sphere.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Privacy | Instructor: Gary | Sat May 31st, 2-3pm | FREE* | Whether you have good neighbours or bad you can always use a little privacy in which to unwind and relax. Yet in our urban world we often live in very close proximity with our neighbours. In this workshop Gary will present lots of different plant options to give you just the right amount of separation from the world (and the people) around you.
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June

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Tender Succulents for Botanical Intrigue | Gary | Sun June 1st, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Tender succulents offer an incredible range of crowd-pleasing shapes, sizes and colours that look fantastic in any number of different container options on their own or planted in combination. Though they are not hardy for us they can make reasonable house plants in the winter after spending the spring, summer and fall outdoors. Gary will introduce you to a wide range of fantastic succulents, talk about how to use them in your designs and how to care for them through the seasons.
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KIDS SERIES | Harry Potter Miniature Gardens | Instructor: Kate | Sun June 1st, 1-3pm | $30 (Includes all plants and materials.) | Parent participation recommended for younger children. | Calling all boy wizards and girl witches! In this workshop you'll get to plant up your own Harry Potter Garden complete with Harry, Ron and Hermione, some cool plants, a Hogwarts castle and the Black Lake! You'll get your own magic wand and a book of spells and learn some charms to keep your garden growing! Bring your best friends to have a magical good time! Recommended for children ages 4-12. A parent or guardian should be present with younger children but are not necessary for the older children.
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CONTAINER SERIES | From Garden to Vase: Knock-Out Flower Arranging for Special Occasions or Everyday | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers with Gary | Sat June 7th, 10am-12pm | $40 | Bringing flowers into the house for everyday enjoyment or designing arrangements for your special occasions such as weddings, reunions, anniversaries and other festive events is one of the joys of having a garden and growing your own flowers. In this workshop Diane Levings from Full Bloom Flowers (www.fullbloomflowers.ca) will present a wide variety of floral design options and techniques including the infinite possibilities of “bouquet” which is the basis of floral design. The workshop will also discuss great plants for cut flowers with Phoenix owner Gary Lewis, conditioning techniques, and container ideas. Each participant will design and create their own beautiful florist-quality bouquet to take home with them under Diane’s watchful eye and patient instruction.
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 7th, 2-4pm | $20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed West Restaurant in Vancouver to learn how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This guy knows how to mix a drink! Step up to David’s bar where he’ll show you how to muddle, mix, infuse, shake and stir your way to fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden all while telling you stories as only a bartender can. As you sample David’s creations Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present the different edibles used in the cocktail and discuss how to grow them in your garden. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss!
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Dynamic Grasses for Texture and Movement | Instructor: Jo | Sun June 8th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Grasses, sedges and rushes don’t necessarily have the flash of big flowers but they offer indispensible texture and movement in the garden and in containers that provide extra contrast and dynamism to your plantings. Join Jo for a foray into the wonderful world of grasses and grass-like plants. She’ll discuss the full range of grasses plus highlight options for sun and shade and how to use them in your designs.
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POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Botany for Gardeners: The Fascinating World of Plants in Your Own Backyard | Dr. Luis, PhD | Sun June 8th, 1pm-3pm | $14 | Do you ever wonder how everything fits together, where all these garden plants come from, how they’re related and why they do the things they do? Our charismatic production manager Luis is just the guy to ask. He has a PhD in botany and ecology. Luis will give you a crash course in botany, discuss plant form and function and plant ecology and introduce you to the most common plant families in our gardens. After this workshop you’ll have a new understanding and appreciation of the complexity and beauty of the botanical world that we tend in our gardens.
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | A Perfect Pickle: Flavoured Vinegars and Pickled Veggies | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat June 14th, 2-4pm | $14 | Cathy will teach you the art and skills of pickling veggies including cucumbers, carrots and beans. She will also discuss how to make flavoured vinegars with different combinations of herbs and fruit that you can use for salad vinaigrettes, spreads, sauces and marinades. Cathy will share with you some of her favourite recipes for flavoured vinegars and pickles. If you want to liven up your cooking and preserve the bounty of your garden for eating all winter long then you won’t want to miss this workshop.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Ferns for Luxurious Shade | Jo | Sun June 15th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Ferns are the best textural plants for the shade garden and offer elegance in every shade of green. Discover the quiet yet beautiful world of ferns with Jo. She’ll introduce you to the major groups of ferns and highlight some of the best species for gardens. She’ll also discuss how to use them in your designs in containers and the garden.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun June 22nd, 11am-12pm | FREE* | This is the “go big or go home” workshop. Dramatic architectural plants are integral to the garden and containers. They act as focal points to draw your eye into the garden providing exclamation points of foliage and flower. Jo will introduce you to everything big and dramatic in the world of perennials and shrubs. Your garden will never be the same once you’ve included the big, bold forms of architectural plants.
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September

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Heirloom Tomato Tasting | Instructor: Gary | Sat Sept 6th at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm (45 min each) | $14 (Tasting) + $16 (Party Mix) = $30 (Includes a 3+ pound Party Mix of heirloom tomatoes, value $16.) | If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event! At our popular Tomato Tastings at the the Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll get to experience a rainbow of 15+ tomato varieties all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis introduce you to each tomato variety, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You’ll get to share your thoughts and take tasting notes for future tomato reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of the highest quality heirloom tomatoes grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes! The Heirloom Tomato Tastings are our most popular workshops. Please book early.
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 6th, 3:30-5:30pm | $14 | In this workshop you’ll learn about the different types of tomatoes and how to preserve them for future eating, including which methods are best for which types of tomatoes. Methods covered with include canning whole, crushed, diced and pureed tomatoes as well as how to dry them and freeze them. Cathy will also discuss the different equipment and tools and show the techniques you need to know to be successful in your kitchen. Last but not least she’ll share with you some of her favourite tomato recipes.
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POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 13th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Shelley 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.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Grasses for Fall and Winter | Jo | Sun Sept 14, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Grasses are important year-round in the garden but the warm season grasses really come into their own in the fall in the garden and containers. Jo will introduce you to the best grasses for late summer and fall and discuss which ones also provide great winter interest.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Shelley | Sat September 20th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Bulbs not included. | 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. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. If you do not have a pot we will have a few options available for you. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the bulbs or plants you use. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the bulbs or plants you use.
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CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 27th, 10am-12pm | $14 | 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. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own 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. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour | Instructor: Jo | Sun Sept 28th, 11am | FREE* | 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!
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October

CONTAINER SERIES/KIDS SERIES | Succulent Jack-O-Lanterns | Instructor: Kate | Sat Oct 18th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Here’s a new twist on Halloween: carve yourself a jack-o-lantern but forget the candle. Instead plant it up with cool succulents and grasses for a spooky display that will get the attention of trick or treaters. In this workshop Kate will teach you a few tricks for success with succulent jack-o-lanterns and discuss various design options. Then you’ll get to carve and plant up your very own. This workshop does not include the pumpkin or the plants you decide to use. There will be various types and sizes of pumpkins for you to choose from.
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December

Christmas workshops will be added soon.

 

Instructor Biographies

Shelley Brignall is an inspiring gardener who loves plants. She is intrigued with the art of garden design particularly the emphasis of the soft landscape and the design of container gardens. Shelley is a graduate of the UBC Certificate in Garden Design program. She has her own garden design and consulting business and has also worked part time for Phoenix Perennials for years where she is involved in garden design as well as various educational workshops. Shelley is the creative genius behind our Recipes for a Fabulous pot.

Belinda Cardoso is an experienced and eclectic gardener who grows plants from the “normal to the sublime.” She has an encyclopedic gardening knowledge and has worked at Phoenix Perennials for many years where she has proven herself to be an expert on fragrant plants and vines among many other things. In her workshops she is greatly appreciated for her quiet nature and vast knowledge. When she's working in retail she has a knack for finding the exact plants you can't live without. Beware! She's dangerous!

Bob Fisher is a local honeybee expert and blueberry farmer. He is the owner of West Coast Bee Supply in Richmond where he sells honeybees and all of the equipment needed to keep bees in your own backyard. Bob is a salt-of-the-earth kinda guy that knows everything there is to know about honeybees. If you have questions about honeybees, Bob is your man!

Patricia Foreman loves Japanese maples, dwarf conifers and other unique shrubs which has lead to a passion for the art of pruning (or maybe a passion for pruning led her to these plants!). She is the retail manager at Phoenix Perennials.

Luis holds a PhD in botany and ecology from the University of Havana where he worked as a curator of collections at the National Botanic Garden and as a professor in the Faculty of Biology. He is passiononate about plant conservation. Luis is currently working as Phoenix Perennials' production manager.

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.

Cathy Hiebert is a dynamo when it comes to growing edibles and using them in the kitchen or preserving them for later use. She learned much of what she knows from her grandmothers and mother, early experiences which has lead to a lifelong interest in the culinary bliss one can attain from doing it yourself and tasting the difference. She has years of experience teaching, working in nurseries and working for different groups and organizations to encourage local agriculture in the community. She is passionate about fresh food -- growing it, cooking it and, of course, eating it! She is excited to share her knowledge and inspire others through food.

Larry Hudson has a love of subtropicals especially if they produce something you can eat. He is an expert on all manner of cool and interesting edibles. Larry is also the facilities and mail order manager at Phoenix Perennials.

Diane Levings is one of Vancouver's most creative florists. Since 1987 she has been gracing the homes, businesses, and special events of Vancouver with incredible floral art including doing all of the floral work for the 2014 TED Conference. She owns Full Bloom Flowers at the north end of Commercial Drive just beside Uprising Breads. She is a gentle and patient teacher who exudes quiet confidence and skill and is greatly appreciated by all of her students.

Gary Lewis is the owner of Phoenix Perennials and a passionate plantsman. He began botanizing his local fields and forests at the age of four, began collecting houseplants at the age of 10 and began gardening at the age of 15. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Botany (Plant Ecolgoy). On his 28th birthday he took over the reigns at Phoenix Perennials and is having a great time! In 2012 he was nominated for Communicator of the Year by the BC Landscape and Nursery Association. In the same year Phoenix Perennials won the "Growing Gardeners" category in the Chrysler Garden Centre of the Year Awards recognizing our dynamic work in presenting workshops, special events, online content and other educational opportunities to excite the gardening public.

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...

David Wolowidnyk -- Praised for his chemist-like precision, inventive twists and intriguing libations, award-winning mixologist David Wolowidnyk has amassed over two decades of professional service experience from leading bars and restaurants throughout Vancouver and the Grand Cayman Islands. He is currently the Bar Manager at West Restaurant in Vancouver. Energized by the challenge of exceeding the expectations of both his colleagues and guests, Wolowidnyk takes pleasure from seeing guests leave with memorable experiences. Among many other awards, David has won “Best Mixologist in Canada” at the National Grey Goose “Arbiter of Cool” Competition in 2007 and the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco in 2012.

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance.

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 8 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.

Don't see the subject you're interested in?
Do you have an idea for a workshop? We'd love to find out what you'd like to learn about. Contact us and let us know.

 

 

Instructor Biographies

Shelley Brignall is an inspiring gardener who loves plants. She is intrigued with the art of garden design particularly the emphasis of the soft landscape and the design of container gardens. Shelley is a graduate of the UBC Certificate in Garden Design program. She has her own garden design and consulting business and has also worked part time for Phoenix Perennials for years where she is involved in garden design as well as various educational workshops. Shelley is the creative genius behind our Recipes for a Fabulous pot.

Belinda Cardoso is an experienced and eclectic gardener who grows plants from the “normal to the sublime.” She has an encyclopedic gardening knowledge and has worked at Phoenix Perennials for many years where she has proven herself to be an expert on fragrant plants and vines among many other things. In her workshops she is greatly appreciated for her quiet nature and vast knowledge. When she's working in retail she has a knack for finding the exact plants you can't live without. Beware! She's dangerous!

Bob Fisher is a local honeybee expert and blueberry farmer. He is the owner of West Coast Bee Supply in Richmond where he sells honeybees and all of the equipment needed to keep bees in your own backyard. Bob is a salt-of-the-earth kinda guy that knows everything there is to know about honeybees. If you have questions about honeybees, Bob is your man!

Patricia Foreman loves Japanese maples, dwarf conifers and other unique shrubs which has lead to a passion for the art of pruning (or maybe a passion for pruning led her to these plants!). She is the retail manager at Phoenix Perennials.

Luis holds a PhD in botany and ecology from the University of Havana where he worked as a curator of collections at the National Botanic Garden and as a professor in the Faculty of Biology. He is passiononate about plant conservation. Luis is currently working as Phoenix Perennials' production manager.

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.

Cathy Hiebert is a dynamo when it comes to growing edibles and using them in the kitchen or preserving them for later use. She learned much of what she knows from her grandmothers and mother, early experiences which has lead to a lifelong interest in the culinary bliss one can attain from doing it yourself and tasting the difference. She has years of experience teaching, working in nurseries and working for different groups and organizations to encourage local agriculture in the community. She is passionate about fresh food -- growing it, cooking it and, of course, eating it! She is excited to share her knowledge and inspire others through food.

Larry Hudson has a love of subtropicals especially if they produce something you can eat. He is an expert on all manner of cool and interesting edibles. Larry is also the facilities and mail order manager at Phoenix Perennials.

Diane Levings is one of Vancouver's most creative florists. Since 1987 she has been gracing the homes, businesses, and special events of Vancouver with incredible floral art including doing all of the floral work for the 2014 TED Conference. She owns Full Bloom Flowers at the north end of Commercial Drive just beside Uprising Breads. She is a gentle and patient teacher who exudes quiet confidence and skill and is greatly appreciated by all of her students.

Gary Lewis is the owner of Phoenix Perennials and a passionate plantsman. He began botanizing his local fields and forests at the age of four, began collecting houseplants at the age of 10 and began gardening at the age of 15. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Botany (Plant Ecolgoy). On his 28th birthday he took over the reigns at Phoenix Perennials and is having a great time! In 2012 he was nominated for Communicator of the Year by the BC Landscape and Nursery Association. In the same year Phoenix Perennials won the "Growing Gardeners" category in the Chrysler Garden Centre of the Year Awards recognizing our dynamic work in presenting workshops, special events, online content and other educational opportunities to excite the gardening public.

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...

David Wolowidnyk -- Praised for his chemist-like precision, inventive twists and intriguing libations, award-winning mixologist David Wolowidnyk has amassed over two decades of professional service experience from leading bars and restaurants throughout Vancouver and the Grand Cayman Islands. He is currently the Bar Manager at West Restaurant in Vancouver. Energized by the challenge of exceeding the expectations of both his colleagues and guests, Wolowidnyk takes pleasure from seeing guests leave with memorable experiences. Among many other awards, David has won “Best Mixologist in Canada” at the National Grey Goose “Arbiter of Cool” Competition in 2007 and the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco in 2012.

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance.

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 8 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.

Don't see the subject you're interested in?
Do you have an idea for a workshop? We'd love to find out what you'd like to learn about. Contact us and let us know.


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