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Gary Lewis, owner of Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd., will be the guest speaker at the Gibsons Garden Club event on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Gary Lewis, owner of Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd., will be the guest speaker at the Gibsons Garden Club event on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Lewis will talk about hot new plants in his presentation entitled Cutting Edge Plants For Cutting Edge Gardens.

Lewis began exploring the plants in his local fields and forests around the age of four, first in Germany, then in Nova Scotia and Ontario. Gardening has always been in his blood. He began collecting house plants at the age of 10 and started gardening at the age of 15. He holds a masters of science degree in plant ecology from the University of British Columbia, training which, with its focus on the botany and ecology of wild plants, greatly shapes his perspective on horticulture.

He purchased Phoenix Perennials in 2004. Since then he has greatly 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.

He is the Canada region director for the Perennial Plant Association, the North America-wide industry association that brings gardeners the Perennial Plant of the Year. He is image bank coordinator for E-Flora B.C., an online atlas of B.C. native plants, and he serves on the perennial and bulb selection committee of Great Plant Picks, an educational awards program of the Miller Botanical Garden that works to build a comprehensive palette of outstanding plants for B.C. and Pacific Northwest gardens.

He never fails to delight audiences with his insightful and entertaining talks — not to be missed.

His presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons, but get there early at 6:30 for the silent auction. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved for pick-up at the door by calling 604-886-3774. Tickets may also be purchased at Quality Garden and Pet and B&K Nursery, both on Pratt Road.

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