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A celebration of hellebores in Richmond


February 23, 2012
By Phoenix Perennials

Feb. 23, 2012, Richmond, B.C. — Phoenix Perennials is hosting its annual
Hellebore Hurrah(!) Opening Weekend to lift the spirits of gardeners in
the province and let them know that spring is around the corner.

Feb. 23, 2012, Richmond, B.C. — Phoenix Perennials is hosting its annual Hellebore Hurrah(!) Opening Weekend to lift the spirits of gardeners in the province and let them know that spring is around the corner.

It runs Feb. 24-26th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

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Featured will be one of the largest and most exciting selections of hellebores ever offered in North America. This year the nursery will offer more than 85 different species, strains and cultivars sourced from some of the best breeders in North America and around the world.

There will be thousands of plants in full gorgeous bloom. Free workshops are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Last year’s event attracted some 600 to 800 people over the three-day event. Visitors came from throughout the Lower Mainland, from Victoria, Nanaimo and elsewhere on Vancouver Island, from the Sunshine Coast, the Okanagan, and from Washington State!

Hellebores, or helleborus, is the first major group of perennials to put on a colourful display in the garden in late winter and early spring.

Hellebores is a member of the buttercup family. The wild species hail from southern and Mediterranean Europe. In the last 10 to 15 years, this genus has become one of the most popular groups of perennial plants for the garden.

Hellebores have inspired legions of fans and collectors but are also extremely useful for the average gardener and homeowner. Once their flowering is complete they produce an attractive evergreen mound of foliage.

ABOUT PHOENIX PERENNIALS
Gary Lewis took over Phoenix Perennials in 2004 and has since expanded the nursery to include what he believes might be the largest selection of perennials in Canada with over 4,000 different species and cultivars offered each year to the growing legions of eager Phoenix Perennials customers.

Lewis is the Canada region director on the board of the Perennial Plant Association.


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