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General · 30th March 2011
Val Barr
The Garden Club’s annual plant sale happens on April 11th at the community centre. The guest speaker for this special night will be Gary Lewis from Phoenix Perennials in Richmond. Having heard Gary lecture recently, I can recommend this as an exciting presentation. The topic for the evening will be Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Plants for High Summer and Early Fall. Does your garden look fabulous in the spring only to have its vibrant colours fade with the summer heat? Gary offers advice on how to avoid these summer doldrums and recommends a host of great garden plants to keep colour in the garden through the hot months of the year.

Gary began botanizing his local fields and forests around the age of four, began collecting house plants at the age of ten and began gardening at the age of fifteen. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Plant Ecology from UBC - training which, with its focus on the botany and ecology of wild plants greatly informs his horticulture.

He became the owner of Phoenix Perennials in 2004 on his 28th birthday. Since that time he has expanded the nursery to include one of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada. He strives to include cutting edge, new perennials, tried and true garden stalwarts, and the rare and unusual in his plant offerings. Gary will ‘show and tell’ a select group of plants. He will also be bringing an exciting assortment of plants for sale. Be prepared to do some shopping. Payment by cash is preferred. Visa or MC will also be accepted (for Phoenix plants only).

The plant sale begins at 7:00, Gary’s talk on late summer perennials at 7:30. Please enter by the main hall doors to pick up your draw ticket. There will be a draw for a door prize at the end of the night. If you have plants to donate bring them to the backstage overhead door between 2 and 4 pm on April 11th. Plants may be left earlier, outside the stage door. Please pot up or wrap in newsprint, and label the plants with a latin or common name. Come on out to the final meeting this Spring and enjoy good friends, inexpensive local tried and true plants and maybe get lucky and win the door prize.