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Gary Lewis

UBC alumnus Gary Lewis is the owner of Phoenix Perennials, an award-winning, cutting edge, retail and mail order nursery in Vancouver, and an expert on perennials and horticulture. He holds two degrees from UBC in Conservation Biology and Plant Ecology. He is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable plant experts with a deep and special interest in rare and unusual herbaceous perennials.
 
In addition to his work as a busy nurseryman, Gary is also a popular garden lecturer. In 2013 Gary was selected as “Communicator of the Year” by the BC Landscape and Nursery Association and in 2014 as one of Canada’s Top 10 horticultural professionals under 40 by Greenhouse Canada magazine.
 
He is the author of the forthcoming book The Complete Book of Ground Covers due out in fall 2022. Gary has led previous trips with alumni UBC to Holland, Belgium, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.
 
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