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Hailed by the Vancouver Sun for “gathering an exciting inventory of plants” that has helped him build Phoenix Perennials into "one of the best known destinations for home gardeners and plant enthusiasts from all over the Lower Mainland,” Gary Lewis keeps his shop stocked with a selection of upwards of 4,000 varieties of garden plants. Under Gary’s capable helm, a knowledgeable staff tends to the greenhouse’s lush vegetation, assisting shoppers and answering questions about rumours of killer tomatoes and providing tips such as planting in the fall can help plants grow to their full potential. To further bolster patrons’ flora-centric savvy, Gary imparts his substantial know-how upon pupils of all ages with monthly e-newsletters and a host of workshops and classes held throughout the year. An in-nursery design service pairs patrons and a trained design professional who architects a custom garden blueprint based upon photos of the space, a detailed client questionnaire, and the dimensions of existing secret gardens.