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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.

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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.

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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!

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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....

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

February 21, 2010

Gold-laced Polyanthus

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 1:21 am

   Prized in England since the late 1700′s, these hardy treasures are now in bloom and available at the nursery ! They are easy to grow, and so charming up close. Hardy, perennial, and easy to please, both Gold-laced and Silver-laced strains like to be kept moist.
    I transfer them from their plastic pots into aged clay pots and presto ! Magic !
 We are selling them in bloom for only $3.99 each. A much better value than a latte !DSC_0519DSC_0530DSC_0518

February 18, 2010

Giant Fishing Floats

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 12:31 am

     I’ve always loved these, and they are never easy to find. I remember them in my good, late friend Susan Ryley’s elegant pond in her stunning backyard in Victoria, BC. They will always remind me of her….
    They vary in size and colour, most are greenish, and are about 9″-10″ spheres. They do float. I think they would look just as good used in a succulent arrangement, or even on gravel. All are $50.00 each .websitemagazines1 369

February 16, 2010

Extreme Makeover, Nursery Edition

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 10:27 pm

    After 20 years of heavy cart and foot traffic, I felt our retail perennial area was shot. The paths had become roller coaster-like bumpy torture tests for carts full of plants. Although I still like our wooden tables , many were rotting and it was time to come up with a new look.
    One rainy winter day, a neighbour (who was having some backhoe work done) dropped in
and before long , I hired him to clear away everything !  Treacherous blacktop paths were removed, land was scraped and levelled, and many dumptrucks full of ‘crush’ were spread and rolled until they felt ‘hard’.  I like the feeling underfoot, and the rain really settled things down quickly. Then, the fun part began – reinventing the area.
     With such an early spring this year, we have to get things ready immediately. I am still setting up this area, and it is much more open and spacious than before.  Lots of new galvanized metal shelving should display our plants better.  Drop by and see the difference !websitemagazines1 100

February 10, 2010

A Touch of Glass

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 11:34 pm

    With so much bad ‘Garden Ornament’  available, it is quite rare for us to actually want  to sell something that is not a plant.  But, these handblown glass ‘icicles’ appealled to me instantly. Each is one is completely handmade and every one is different.  They come in two sizes , small ($60.00) and large (99.00) .  
    A sturdy copper tube acts as a stem, and they would look amazing tucked into a Phormium plant , or other bold foliage.  Perfect for patio pots, deck gardens, balconies… anywhere away from curious children or strong winds (they are glass !)
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February 7, 2010

Hellebores are Here !! And they are early !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 6:29 am

Wow ! We are lucky to be old friends with Ernie  and Marietta O’Byrne, of Eugene, Oregon. They breed incredible hellebores – and Southlands was their first client in Canada.
The very mild winter this year has allowed us to import a bunch of these plants in bloom. We are selling them for $39.99 for a large pot, and $29.99 for a 1 gallon size, in bloom !
Look at the  photos….I will add more soon. Most of these seedlings are one-of-a-kind and every one is a dream !!!
We also have a load of blooming hellebores from Charles Price and Glenn Withey. These Seattle boys pioneered hellebore breeding in the Pacific Northwest. Blooming Nursery, also of Oregon, does the growing for them. This allows Charles and Glenn to make hundreds of crosses and collect thousands of seeds from their very select stud plants.
Locally, Valleybrook Gardens of Abbottsford, BC is offering a not-really-for-the-Olympics selection called ‘Vancouver Medallion’. we have a stash of these blooming plants to sell at $19.99. This clone looks (to me, anyway) like one of the H.x nigercors type crosses. The love-child of a deliberate crossing of H. niger and H. argutifolius. This cross was thought impossible to make, just a few years ago. the result is a stocky, sturdy evergreen with large, rounded flowers that face outwards and often upwards. The colour of the flowers is a parchment white with a greenish blush and a bit of a mahogany flush.
We have hundreds of other hellebores in right now….come and see !

Hellebores are Here !

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February 2, 2010

Magical Asarums

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 1:27 am

Those of us lucky enough to live in Zone 8 (Vancouver, Seattle, Victoria etc) are able to grow these kooky woodland treasures.  We have a few blooming plants of Asarum splendens  available. They are bursting out of their one gallon pots (even coming out of the side drain holes), and are now at their peak. The very strange flowers are hard to spot….. a reward for those who look closely at things. Sinister, gorgeous monsters of black and brown velvet look like Masdevallia orchids lying on the ground. For those who really know orchids, look up ‘Dracula vampira’ and see what I mean.

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The Japanese  are wild about these plants, and stage entire flower shows devoted to these incredible little monsters!!
Exceptional selections can sell for hundreds of dollars. Ours are 24.95 !