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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!

December 18, 2010

An ‘Interesting’ Christmas

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               At Southlands Nursery, we always try to make things ‘interesting’ and visually intriguing , even Christmas gift plants ! This year,  cut white birch and birch bark  are ‘the favourites’ .  Using mosses, lichens and unusual berries to dress-up wreaths and pots costs very little yet looks so much better than bare earth or  ‘florist ‘s foil’.
                Our displays include vintage Santas from the  1950′s and ’60′s that light up. These remind me of my early years in Winnipeg , Manitoba.  There was a lady in my neighbourhood ( St. Boniface ),  who was known as ‘Birchdale Betty’ . She lived on the next street over from us (Birchdale Ave.), and her Christmas displays were so over-the-top that they were a tourist attraction, even back then.  She had several dozen illuminated figures, animals and thousands of lights. Music drifted out of somewhere…. it was magical .  Of course I made sure that I became her favourite six year old neighbour !  ‘Little Tommy’ had found his first mentor.  Later on, it was discovered that she was not all that sweet, and was charged with getting little old ladies to change their wills and leave her everything. But not to digress….
                            If you need inspiration for the Christmas Season , drop by the nursery and look at some of the fun offerings  ( the Birchdale Betty influence ?)xmas '10 (4)xmas 2010-2 (3)santa - (1)wreath lemonsxmas 2010 (4)xmas '10 (2)

December 9, 2010

McCoy Madness

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      We have had a very good response to our ‘Vintage Offerings’ , including online customers who ‘shop by phone’ . So, I am adding some more photos of some of our fabulous 1950′s McCoy Pottery pots.  The colours are so distinctly of a certain time…..cheery and idealistic. They suit today’s decorating styles as well . No  current trend is hotter than ‘Mid-Century’  !
      Prices are fairly consistent…. 4″ pots are about $35.00 , 5″ are in the $45.00 range, 6″ are  $50.00-$60.00 as fewer of  them have survived .McCoy Pots (19)

December 6, 2010

Are pixies the new gnomes?

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Tiny pixies (1)teeny pixies (1)teeny pixies (2)group pixies (6)group pixies (2)     I love vintage garden gnomes, and have been able to find some fantastic ones over the years. If it is plastic, I don’t want it. They have to be either cement or clay/ceramic for me. Even older ‘Heissner brand’ ones from Germany are still plastic…. I don’t want them (yet).
     The world supply of terrific gnomes is drying up – they are few and far between.  Possibly they are all on the road ? They often appear in Paris, Moscow, or Italy – usually in holiday photos or during a ‘gnomenapping’ incident. Pixies are what is still out there.  The desirable ones are all made in Japan in the 1950′s. My mom had two red ones in with her split-leaf philodendron, potted in what I now know was a valuable McCoy Pottery planter.   Long gone.
      I have a constantly changing  pixie selection for sale at Southlands. They were often sold in sets of three, and I continue to not break up sets if possible.  A set of three sells for about $45.00 , single small pixies are $15.00-$20.00 each.  Considering that they are sixty years old, they look remarkably youthful and their skinny limbs remain intact .  People have cared for them, and it shows.  With the modern age of the internet, I am shipping and acquiring pixies all the time. Drop in and see our fabulous Vintage Selections soon ! Green Pixies

December 3, 2010

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Misty Memories of My Childhood

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     I remember my family having these little cardboard houses in Winnipeg . It would have been the early ’60′s…. and I was transfixed by their coloured cello windows and miniature details. I credit things like this for helping make me a creative person…. noticing and absorbing , fantasizing and escaping….. even as a child.  Maybe all children do this ?
     At Southlands, we have a large selection of new versions of these very collectible and ‘retro’ houses because I love them ! When travelling to Gift Shows, I look for stuff that I like , before I look for stuff that ‘will sell’ . I think it works well for me.  I found these little houses available from several companies, and ordered from them all . The prices are very reasonable….  small ones are $19.95, medium ones are $45.00 and large ones are in the $100.00 range.  This Christmas, travel back in time with us by staring into your own mini houses !Mini Houses (1)

Poinsettia Time

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Poinsettias (2)           Our indoor showroom is full of bushy, well-grown Poinsettia plants right now.  I suggest buying your poinsettias early in the season, to get maximum enjoyment while they are ‘appropriate’ . After Christmas , most people throw them away…. and so do I.
         While in your home, keep them well watered and in bright light. Low light causes the leaves to fall off , as does the soil drying  out. Keep them evenly moist.  There are many new varieties to choose from, some are speckled and mottled, some are variegated. None are blue. Spray painted blue poinsettias are often sold at the ‘Big Box’ stores, looking hideous ! Avoid them and the people who buy them.