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At Southlands Nursery, things are always changing,
and not just with the seasons. We're constantly creating,
searching and bringing in new plants and exciting items
on a regular basis.

Get a sneak peak here or come visit us soon.

SOUTHLANDS NURSERY
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Could it be that dreams do come true?
When artistic talent, sweat, business savvy and encyclopedic
plant knowledge are combined, it seems they do....

Southlands Nursery is a walk-in fantasy,
where beauty always comes before profit.

STORE INFO
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Established in 1991, and located in a charming 'equestrian pocket' on Vancouver's upscale
westside, this unique area called Southlands is a horse friendly enclave right in the city.
Large lots and small acreages house many stables, and it is not unusual to see horses and their
riders go by our gates. With delicious free coffee always on hand, many people tell us that they
come down to the nursery just to experience the beautiful atmosphere.
We hope you will visit soon!

TOM SPEAKS
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According to all my grade school report cards, I never stop speaking!

Here is where I rant/ share/ proselytize about whatever I think is
beautiful/ interesting/ semi-important....

JUST IN
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At Southlands Nursery, things are always changing,
and not just with the seasons. We're constantly creating,
searching and bringing in new plants and exciting items
on a regular basis.

Get a sneak peak here or come visit us soon.

FAVOURITES
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Visiting Vancouver?
Want to order flowers?

Check out this very personal list of some of Thomas Hobbs favourite
Vancouver shops and restaurants you may not otherwise discover.

DAYLILIES
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Thomas Hobbs own hybrids (and other fabulous varieties) are available in
limited numbers. Hybridizing daylilies has become an absolute obsession....
using cutting edge parent plants from the world's top breeders.

Half the fun is in naming them!

ORDERING
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We will never be a fully online shopping nursery, but from time to time
we'll offer special plants or things.Thomas Hobbs own daylily introductions
will be available for Spring or Fall shipping.

We hope to offer other specialties,
such as own own Nerine hybrids, this way, also.

BOOKS & PRESS
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The only thing I love more than gardening is sharing that passion with others.
I've had the pleasure of writing 2 books and have been featured in a number of professional
horticultural and gardening magazines. For the past 16 years I've also worked in television on
GlobalBC's Saturday morning news 'Gardening with Thomas Hobbs' segments. The nursery has
been featured on virtually every gardening show including 'The Victory Garden', 'Martha Stewart'
and 'Recreating Eden'. We were even home to 'The Orchid Nazi' on the hit TV show The X Files!

November 5, 2017

Christmas comes but once a year ….

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shoesWe are all decked out in Christmas goodies !  With  my old stores in Kerrisdale, I attracted many  Christmas crazy customers with an amazing selection of trims and ornaments. Everyone misses my efforts there…… and now I am doing it at Southlands !!  

hamburg Choose from glass hamburgers…

FullSizeRender PIZZA !!!

IMG_0893HOT DOGS !

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treeRETRO TREES in many, many sizes and colours….

We are open daily from 9 – 5:30 .  DROP IN for some inspiration !!!

June 23, 2017

Save a trip to Provence ? New pots are here !

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Our container shipment from France has arrived !  Come and see these gorgeous, frost-proof  pots – you will love them !  By ordering so many, I was able to get a big discount, and have reflected this in the pricing ! You will be surprised, especially when comparing to mass-produced Vietnamese and Chinese  pots sold everywhere . Each is handmade and has an amazing aged finish. They suit indoors and outdoors – perfect almost anywhere. I can attest to their winter hardiness as I have had a pair outside in a very exposed area at my farm in Langley, B.C. for the last 8 years. They look brand new. 

We have huge urns, medium-sized urns, fruit baskets, long window box planters, squares, small urns, wall planters and plaques .

Prices range from $125.00 to $800.00 +
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March 12, 2017

CACTUS CLUB for real!

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cactus5         We have just received a very large shipment of CACTUS and SUCCULENTS from California. Hundreds and hundreds of these fascinating and very ‘in’ plants are flooding our tropical plant showroom .  We have noticed how many ‘young’ people are interested in this group of plants. Every day, they come specifically for them. I have always read and heard that this is a sign of a high IQ. Good ! Hope for the future.cactus4Echeverias in many sizes and prices….

cactus3 Hairy ‘OLD MAN’ cactus , made carry-friendly with a temporary handle. Glowing orange ‘FIRESTICKS’ look great in patio pots when it warms up outside !cactus1LITHOPS are so strange.  They pretend to be stones in their native Africa, so animals won’t find them and eat them.cactus6Drop by soon –  while the selection is terrific!

February 23, 2017

The Early Bird Gets The Rose !

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                We have just received our roses for 2017, and most are now potted and ready for sale. We have an excellent selection, including many new David Austin varieties that have not been offered before. We have hundreds to choose from.  We also offer hybrid tea roses, floribundas, shrub roses and climbers.  Some are very limited in numbers , as few as five plants ! It is a good idea to browse early, as we always sell every bush.The varieties listed  here are what we have as of late February, 2017. There is no guarantee that any specific variety will still be here when you visit. If a rose  is NOT listed here, we CANNOT get it this year, and in many cases will never be able to.David-Austin-Garden-Roses-600x267DAVID AUSTIN introductions:  Look each one up on the internet to see specific details for that variety.

PRINCESS ANNE,   BROTHER CADFAEL,   PAT AUSTIN,   DARCEY BUSSELL,   GRAHAM THOMAS,   ABRAHAM DARBY,  CROCUS ROSE,   WISLEY,   HEATHCLIFF,   SOPPHY’S ROSE,   THE WEDGEWOOD ROSE,   LADY EMMA HAMILTON,   PORT SUNLIGHT,   THE LADY GARDENER,   TAMORA,   MALVERN HILLS,   THE POET’S WIFE,   SUSAN WILLIAMS-ELLIS, TRANQUILITY,   WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL,   WOLLERTON OLD HALL,   BENJAMIN BRITTEN,  FALSTAFF,   JUBILEE CELEBRATION,   MUNSTEAD WOOD,   TESS OF THE d’URBERVILLES,   YOUNG LYCIDAS,   BISHOP’S CASTLE,   GERTRUDE JEKYLL,   HARLOW CARR,   MARY ROSE,   PRINCESS ALEXANDRA OF KENT,   STRAWBERRY HILL, EGLANTYNE,   GENTLE HERMIONE,  HERITAGE,   JAMES GALWAY,   QUEEN OF SWEDEN,   SCEPTER’D ISLE,   ST.SWITHUN,   THE ALNICK ROSE,   THE GENEROUS GARDENER, WISLEY,   CARDING MILL,   CROWN PRINCESS MARGARETA,   LADY OF SHALOT,   CHARLES DARWIN,   CHARLOTTE,   GOLDEN CELEBRATION,   GRAHAM THOMAS,   MOLINEUX, TEASING GEORGIA,   THE PILGRIM,   CLAIRE AUSTIN,   LITCHFIELD ANGELdavid Austin #3

LADY EMMA HAMILTON  (above)

david austin #2CARDING MILL (above)

OTHER ROSES for 2017 include: ‘Elina’, one of my favourite Hybrid Teas !ElinaHybridTeaRose

ALL MY LOVING,    CUPID’S KISSES,   TROPICAL LIGHTNING,   ANNA’S PROMISE,   EDITH’s DARLING,    VIOLET’S PRIDE,    PRETTY LADY,     CINCO DE MAYO,   EASY GOING,   HOT COCOA,   JULIA CHILD,   LIVIN’ EASY,   TAKE IT EASY,   ABOUT FACE,   BARBRA STREISAND,   BLUE GIRL,   HOT MESS,   BRANDY,   BRIDE’S DREAM,   CHICAGO PEACE,   CHRYSLER IMPERIAL,   DOUBLE DELIGHT,   DREAMS COME TRUE,   ELINA,   ELIZABETH TAYLOR,   FALLING IN LOVE,   FIREFIGHTER,   FIRST PRIZE,   FRAGRANT CLOUD,   FRANCIS MEILLAND,   FULL SAIL,   GENTLE GIANT,   GOLD MEDAL,   GRANDE DAME,   HAPPY GO LUCKY,   HEIRLOOM,   HENRY FONDA,   HONOR,   INGRID BERGMAN,   JOHN F. KENNEDY,   JUST JOEY,   LOVE,   LOVE & PEACE,   MARILYN MONROE,   MELLOW YELLOW,   MELODY PERFUME,   MISTER LINCOLN,   MOONSTONE,   NEPTUNE,   NEW ZEALAND,   OCTOBERFEST,   OPENING NIGHT,   OREGOLD,   OVER THE MOON,   PARADISE,   PEACE,   PERFUME DELIGHT,   POPE JOHN PAUL,   RADIANT PERFUME,   SEDONA,   SMOKIN’ HOT,   ST PATRICK,   STAINLESS STEEL,   SUNSET CELEBRATION,   SUNSTRUCK,   TROPICANA,   VETERAN’S HONOUR,   WILD BLUE YONDER,   ANGEL FACE,   CHINA DOLL,   DISTANT DRUMS,   DROP DEAD RED,    ICEBERG,   KETCHUP & MUSTARD,   KOKO LOKO,    MOONDANCE,   OH MY ! ,   PLAYBOY,   PUMPKIN PATCH,   SCENTIMENTAL,   SEXY REXY,   SUNSPRITE,   TUSCAN SUN,  

Below:  ’KOKO LOKO’  is an  amazing colour ! Blooms into October, nice scent, very strong stronger (mine are 6′ tall)rose koko loko

CLIMBERS: 

Below: David Austin’s ‘Teasing Georgia’ , which looks this good at my farm in Langley, B.C.Teasing_Georgia_Clg_1_2

ABOVE ALL,   ALL ABLAZE,   AUTUMN SUNSET,   CECILLE BRUNNER,   DON JUAN,   GOLDEN SHOWERS,   ICEBERG,   JOSEPH’S COAT,   NEW DAWN,   PEARLY GATES,   ROYAL GOLD,   SALLY HOMES (ALSO A SHRUB) ,   WESTERLAND,   ZEPHIRINE DROUHIN . MANY DAVID AUSTIN VARIETIES ( such as ‘TEASING GEORGIA’,  ABRAHAM DARBY’ … ) CAN BE TRAINED AS CLIMBERS ALSO.    

SHRUB ROSES :

MORDEN BLUSH,   NEARLY WILD,    OUTTA THE BLUE,   SUNNY KNOCK OUT,   WATERCOLOURS HOME RUN,   WHITE MEIDELAND, 

Below :   ‘FIREFIGHTER’ is a new true RED Hybrid Tea rose

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January 20, 2017

A New Year = New Treasures for the garden

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We just unpacked another container of garden antiques from England !  Each piece is chosen by Thomas Hobbs, personally. An item has to be interesting, unique and somewhat affordable to make the journey to Vancouver. Here is a sample of some new pieces, drop by to see the rest !

I liked the simplicity of these English limestone garden benches. They are similar, but not a pair . One is  47″ L x 18″ W x 18″ H , 1800.00 . The other is 45″L x 15″W x 17″ H, $1500.00Antique stone benches

An impressive pair of 19th C hand wrought iron gates.  110″ W x 98″ H  $5500.00 pair.Auction 6-8-16 Gates

A white marble fountain  with a black stone basin .  The re-curved leaf design is beautiful. 55″ x 55″  . Sadly, it came with a big chip on the back of the white basin. Looks fixable. $3,000.00 

antique marble fountain

This hand-carved stone urn is amazing. It is huge ! I wish it could talk….(about Lady Mary?)  68″ H x 22″ base. $4,000.00antique dark stone urn

 antique chimp

I am nuts about this lead chimpanzee. Probably the only one in Canada ….  26″ x 12″ base . $2,995.00. Stone base sold separately.


antique cistern

A lovely lead cistern, usually found at ‘major houses’ where they are used to collect rainwater from down pipes. This is then used to water potted plants on the terrace etc. 30″ x 21″ x 27″ H . $3,000.00 


antique dog

This charming old cast stone dog, probably a Labrador, would make a lovely memorial to a favourite pet. It is  19″ long, and is $1200.00

antique Lutyens bench

We LOVE these  two teak benches, as designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens .  76″ long. $3,000.00

8f88cf85577b32bb7c5a2bc76c3aa4f0    This hand-carved  19thC marble statue of Jesus and a child was vandalized and so removed from a cemetery. So sad. It is beautifully carved (you can see veins in Jesus’s feet) and  called out to me….. 55″ H x 20″ w x 24″D $7500.00

eb2edede6d02417f95b8213798d93ab7    This is a really big sundial !  I have a ‘thing’ for sundials…… and I can imagine this one sitting in the middle of a parterre of herbs and boxwood. The dial itself is a replacement,but suits the 19thC base well.   27″ base x 41″ H .  $3500.00

b20d089d6933428fd5a0c7296c532e6cAnother elegant sundial . Imagine what these ornaments have witnessed over their years….36″ H x 13″ D , with original bronze dial. $3500.00

IMG_8290This copper-clad bust of a nurse is a work of art . Her expressive face must have adorned a Victorian hospital somewhere in England. 26″ x 14′ x 8″ $2995.00

Auction 6-16 Iron entryI bought this 19th C  hand- wrought iron trellis/front porch arbor thinking how great it would be in a local garden. To divide up space, support clematis or add to an existing doorway? It measures  99″W x 91″ H x 22″ D and is $2,000.00

iron urn - fineI am particularly fond of this very unusual cast iron urn . It is 30″ tall, with an 18″ x 18″ base. I hope I get a chance to plant it up, with tufty grasses and bronze-toned sedges…. $2200.00

griffins A wonderful pair of cast iron griffins!  Each measures 22″ x 22″ x 8″ at the widest. Made in England, circa 1900.  $4,000.00 pair. Very ‘Downton Abbey’ ( check out their front door entrance!) Highclere

 HIGHCLERE CASTLE (above)

lead urns with lids  A beautiful and sophisticated pair of lead urns from France, circa 1930. The lids are removable for planting.  They measure 27″ H x 14″ D. $3500.00 pair

stone corbelsWonderful pair of huge carved stone architectural corbels !  Beautiful patina – perfect laying about among succulents …. 29″ x 12″ 12″ . Super heavy. $2500.00 pair.

griffinA spectacular cast stone griffin ! 36″ x 15″ x 30″ . Probably from a demolished cinema….. $2500.00  (SOLD)

December 19, 2016

CHRISTMAS SALE TIME !!!

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033Drop in after Dec. 21st and save 50% on all Christmas decor !

We are open daily from 9:00 – 6 PM , except Dec. 24th, when we will close by 4 PM.

We still have lovely wreaths, candles (scented and unscented) , gorgeous and unique ornaments, micro lights (few), etc.

Christmas plants are also 1/2 price. Come early for best selection !

November 29, 2016

The Trees Are Here (again!)

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img_8027We are well-stocked with top quality Christmas trees for Christmas 2016.  Our  reputation for quality extends to our cut tree offerings – they are the very best. Return customers swear by them, and for good reason. Choose from a selection that has  been vetted already !  There are no dried/half-dead fire hazards here. We also price very competitively – with prices starting at $25.00 , all the way up to $250.00 (14’ tall and already sold out). We are open ’til 6 P.M. (so Dad can come shopping with the family after work !)  7 days a week .

September 3, 2016

BREXIT ! New antiques from England

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             September has brought us a 45′ container of garden treasures from England.  All chosen by Thomas Hobbs for beauty, uniqueness, value or by accident….. they are on display at the nursery after September 8th. We are completely amazed at how these pieces sell fairly quickly ! Because they are all unique ,  they offer so much more ‘eye candy’ to the garden than a lot of other items for sale as ‘garden decor’ .  By being our own agent and shipper, prices are as low as they can be !  Here is just a sample of what came:

Auction 6-16 Old Stuff 2

Estate garden tools of the trade.  19thC bootscraper $350.00, Millstone $1200.00,  Farm sink $800.00,  Metal storage bin with gorgeous  crested  (not shown here) hinged top $2500.00

antique faux bois planter

French Faux Bois planters

antique faux bois urn

antique french fountain

Unusual faux bois garden tap, hooks up from below.  39″ H x 27″ base  $1800.00

antique lead statue

‘Winter’ lead garden statue, late 19th century, 25″H x 8″ base. $1800.00 (SOLD)

auction 6-16 2 haddonstone urns

 A pair of aged HADDONSTONE planters  30″ x  30” $2500.00 pair

auction 6-16 2 urns on pedestals

A pair of stoneware urns on pedestals, marked Carter & Co., seedsman to H.M. The King, London 36″ H x 18″ W . Early 20th century $3,000.00 pair. Exceptional quality. Rare.

auction 6-16 3 iron urns

 Three cast iron urns 22″ W x 20″ H  ( 2 of the five  shown are now sold)

auction 6-16 4 iron planters

Four  (of six) beautiful cast iron rectangular planters, French, late 19th century 28″ x 15″ x 15″ . $1100.00 each. Wonderful patinas.

Auction 6-16 bench & 2 chairs

A rare set of  Coalbrookdale Fern and Blackberry pattern cast iron garden bench and chairs. Bench $2500.00, Chairs $1500.00 ea.

Auction 6-16 bench & chair 1

 A similar bench and chair in cast aluminum. Circa 1950. Bench $2500.00, Chairs $1500.00 ea.

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Rare cast iron garden bench, marked John Finch & Co. circa 1880. 61″ L x 37″ H x 30″ D    $2500.00

auction 6-16 bench 4A Coalbrookdale style Nasturtium pattern bench in cast aluminum. Mid-20th century. 71 inches wide.

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Auction 6-16 Fruit baskets

Four (of six) fantastic  carved  limestone fruit baskets, 19th century, possibly older. France. $1250.00- $2500.00 each

auction 6-16 iron tables

A cast iron table (one of five!) from Camden Lock Market, London. 20th century. Very heavy . $2500.00 each

auction 6-16 lead fountain

A lead garden fountain, mid 20th century , 37″ D  x  48″ H (?) $6,000.00

auction 6-16 lead putto on columnA lead garden figure of a putto representing Autumn, 1st half 20th century. 40″ H on plinth. $2,200.00 (SOLD)

auction 6-16 limestone pedestal

A gigantic Louis XV style carved limestone pedestal 45” H . Crazy heavy. $3,500.00

 

Auction 6-16 Old Stuff

Antique wheelbarrows, incomplete croquet set, etc. from a British estate.

auction 6-16 tall urn

A rare Art Nouveau ‘ saltglaze’  stoneware urn on pedestal, circa 1860. Stamped Oates and Green, Halifax . 28″ H.  (SOLD)

auction 6-16 stone girl with garland

A composition stone dancing girl statue with lead garland, early 20th century. 53″ H $6,000.00 . (SOLD)

auction 6-16 stone birdbathA composition stone fountain , 20th century , 48″ H.auction 6-16 pink stone wall ftnVery old Italian marble wall fountain in 2 pieces . 
auction 6-16  copper potA large, rare,  Victorian copper pot, 19th century. 17″ H x 18″ W .  $1850.00  ( SOLD )


Auction 6-16 Pair Fruit basketsA pair of  French carved stone fruit baskets, 19th century , possibly older. 22” H  $2500.00 each

auction 6-16 marble woman

 Hand- carved  white marble  statue of a maiden representing Summer. Italian, mid 19th century. 40” H. ( not on base.)

auction 6-16 marble VenusHand-carved  white marble statue of Venus de Milo . Circa 1900, Italy. 35” H.  $2800.00 Beautiful patina of age.

July 17, 2016

July is IRIS time – if you want any!

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Mid-July is the best time to divide/purchase new bearded Iris.  The fleshy roots are called rhizomes, and they like to  be divided often.  The idea is to get them settled in and re-rooted before winter.  I have really gotten ‘into’ them at our farm, and am selling them now at the nursery. Some of these varieties cost me U.S. $30.00 – $50.00 each  just 2 or 3 years ago…..  come and get them now for $4.99 each, 6 for $20.00 (Canadian!) Shown below is the spectacular ‘RIO ROJO’

iris rio rojo

iris spring madness

iris high octane

‘HIGH OCTANE’ above

iris adoree

‘ADOREE’ (above)

MADAME IRIS APFEL IN PARIS: DAY 1 - VANITY FAIR SHOOT

the most wonderful Iris of all ,  New York fashion icon, Iris Apfel.

March 15, 2016

The Real Cactus Club

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IMG_4362We have a fantastic selection of Cacti and Succulents in stock right now.These houseplants are virtually carefree. They require bright light (think desert…) and very little water. In a less-than-perfect environment (ie: too dark) they slowly stretch and eventually give up and die. So, give them good light !

Lithops (below),are one of the strangest of all plant families. Commonly known as ‘Living Stones’, these are true mimics of the real rocks they grow (and hide) in. Native to  parts of Africa, these little novelties have evolved a way to survive grazing animals by becoming invisible ! IMG_4366Grafted cacti  (below) are also interesting oddities to collect. The upper portion is grafted onto a host stem that produces food for both portions. 
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Mature cacti produce spectacular flowers ! In the photo below, you can see a large white flower emerging from the spiny specimen in the centre of the picture.IMG_4363

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