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Workshops and Classes at the Nursery in 2015

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2015 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering one of the largest workshop schedules in our region including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our new Young Sprouts Kids Club.

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 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. Register individually by following the links below or register for multiple sessions all at once: Multiple Class Registration.
YOUNG SPROUTS
KIDS CLUB - Raise a gardener. Our new kids club is designed to introduce kids to the fascinating world of plants and gardening through fun discussions and demonstrations, activities with plants, and arts and crafts. And all the workshops are FREE! Register individually by following the links below or register for multiple sessions all at once: Multiple Class Registration.
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES - This series focuses on all the amazing things you can grow in and eat from your garden.
CONTAINER SERIES
- We've got the hottest container ideas for you with workshops that will help you achieve cool installations to grace your patio and garden.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

April

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning for Dummies | Instructor: Patricia | Sat April 11th, 10am-11pm | 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.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Foundations of a Healthy Garden | Instructor: Kate | Sun April 12th, 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.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Strategies for Successful Balconies and Small Spaces | Instructor: Kate | Sat April 18th, 10am-11pm | 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.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Clematis and Vines for All Seasons | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 18th 1-2pm | 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.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Seeds! | Kate | Sun April 19th, 10-11am | FREE* | Explore the magical miracles of seeds. We'll learn all about what a seed is, the anatomy of a seed, and how a seed germinates and grows into a plant that will in turn produce more seeds. There will be drawing, planting of seeds, and little pots to take home to watch your seeds grow. Don't miss out on the fun!
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Young Sprouts session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Perennials | Instructor: Jo | Sun April 19th, 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!
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 25th, 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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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | The (Garden) Art of Zen: Healing Herbs & Soothing Teas | Kate | Sat April 25th 1-3pm | $14 | In our fast-paced world we need to wind down and relax a little. Get some help from your own garden by growing healing herbs that you can use for soothing teas and aromatherapy. Kate will introduce you to the best herbs, discuss their benefits for body and soul, and teach you how to use them to achieve your own state of Zen.
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Sensational Simplified Gardens | Instructor: Jo | Sun April 26th, 11am-1pm | $14 | 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 | Creative Succulent Containers: Hearts, Stars, Handbags and Stilettos | Instructor: Kate | Sat May 2nd, 10am-12pm | $14 + choice of planter ($19.99-$49.99) | The hottest gardens these days use succulents in creative ways. When it comes to these versatile plants including hen and chicks, stonecrops and echeveria you're limited only by your own imagination. Whether you choose a heart, a star, a handbag or a stiletto you'll leave this workshop even cooler than you already were.
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YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Soil! - Creepy Crawlies and All | Kate | Sun May 3rd, 10-11am | FREE* | Soil is integral to the lives of plants feeding them with the nutrients they need to grow. Soil is also alive with tons of worms, insects and microorganisms that makes soil a dynamic and exciting place for exploring. We'll discuss the role of soils in healthy gardens and then each child will make a soil mobile to take home.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Young Sprouts session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The World of Maples | Instructor: Doug Justice, Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden | Sun May 3rd, 1-2pm | FREE* | The Japanese maples commonly available to the gardening community, while lovely, poorly represent the astounding diversity and breathtaking beauty of this most useful group of small trees. Doug is an expert on maples. At this workshop he will wax poetic about the beauty and diversity of Japanese and related maples and then get practical and talk about growing them in the garden and containers.
More Info and Register Online!
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 9th, 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. 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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CONTAINER SERIES | Edible Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Growing Edibles in Pots Then Plant Your Own | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 9th, 2-4pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners who want to grow edibles in containers that are beautiful and productive all at the same time. After some discussion of different edibles and some practical and design instruction, each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous edible container.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Shrubs and Small Trees for Beauty and Privacy | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 10th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Shrubs, small trees and bamboo are integral parts 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 these useful plants, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success. We will present the best shrubs, small trees and bamboos for city gardens and patios, emphasize multi-season interest, and highlight the best plants for different times of year plus the best strategies for using these woody plants for privacy. We’ll also discuss their selection, planting and ongoing care. 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!
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Instructor: Gary | Sun May 10th, 1-2pm | FREE* |Tomatoes are the most beloved of all garden edibles because no tomato tastes better than one grown in your own garden. Come have all your tomato questions answered such as modern vs. heirlooms, grafted vs ungrafted, the best cultivars for our climate, and how to successfully grow tons of delicious tomatoes in pots and the garden.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.

   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | International Cooking: Herbs & Veggies of the Great Culinary Traditions | Kate | Sat May 16th, 10am-12pm | $14 | In this around-the-world culinary voyage Kate will discuss many great culinary traditions - French, Italian, Indian, Thai, Mexican, and more - and introduce you to their distinctive herbs & veggies. She'll discuss how to grow them successfully in your own garden and how they're used in classic recipes that you can cook at home!
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Subtropical and Unusual Fruit for the West Coast Garden | Instructor: Larry | Sat May 16th, 1-3pm | $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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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Spring and Summer | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 17th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | 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.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens | Kate | Sat May 23rd, 1-3pm | $20 | Kokedama is the Japanese art of bundling the roots of a plant into an ornamental mossy ball, wrapping it with string, and hanging it up for decoration in the house, patio or garden. These intriguing botanical spheres can transform an area with beauty and whimsy. Kate will discuss perennials and shrubs that are suitable for Japanese string gardens as well as how to care for them. Then you'll select your own plants and make up your own! The plants you choose to use are not included. All other materials are included in the price of the workshop.
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GARDENING 101 SERIES/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 24th, 10am-11pm | FREE* | 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. Come with lots of questions. 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. At the end of the workshop you can even head down the street to Bob's business and buy some bees and bee-keeping equipment to get started!
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Support Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 24th, 12-1pm | FREE* | In this workshop you'll learn about how to attract butterflies, honeybees, native bees, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects into your garden and how to support them once they're there with food plants and habitat to keep them well fed and sheltered.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Plants and all their Parts! | Kate | Sun May 31st, 10-11am | FREE* | Plants are fascinating organisms made up of all kinds of different parts: roots, shoots, leaves, flowers, bracts, petals, sepals, stamens, pistils, pollen & more! All of these parts play roles from nutrition, to photosynthesis, to reproduction. We'll learn about all these parts then make paper flowers that we can label & take home.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Young Sprouts session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Dynamic Garden: The Importance of Texture and Movement | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 31st, 1-2pm | FREE* | Discover two of the most important, yet lesser known, traits for gardens that can elevate them from beautiful to extraordinary. Foliage texture from grasses, ferns and other perennials plus the movement of these plants in the breeze can add incredible visual dynamism to containers and gardens. Take your garden to the next level!
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.

 

June

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Wildlife in the Garden: Bees, Birds & Butterflies! | Kate & Jo | Sun June 7th, 10-11am | FREE* | There's nothing more fun than experiencing nature in the garden, especially bees, birds and butterflies. We'll explore all the creatures than can make a home in the garden, how to encourage them with plants and habitat, and why they are important for the health of the garden. Then we'll get to make animal masks to take home.
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Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Young Sprouts session at a time.
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 13th, 1-3pm | $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 | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun June 14th, 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.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.

 

Fall and Winter Workshops

We'll announce these workshops in future e-newsletters.

 

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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