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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 19, 2011

Hellebores have arrived !

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       We are always very excited when the hellebores arrive from Oregon. These select plants are the work of Marietta and Ernie O’Byrne, of Eugene. Each plant is pretty special !
        Because our Canadian dollar is so strong, we have been able to drop the price on these beauties by $10.00 per pot !    Now, 1 gallon pots are $29.99 and 2 gallons are $39.99 .
        There are unique flower shapes and colours like you have  probably never seen before  !
                             Get here , fast !


February 17, 2011

Kooky Cyclamen !

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something new shows up on the plant scene. We regularly buy at our local ‘Dutch Auction’ at 5 A.M. At that early hour, it is startling to encounter something like these cyclamen ! I know I’ve never seen them there before…. and I started going in 1975.
The foliage is incredible on these plants ! Oh, they have strange flowers, too. The flowers are very krinkly and held on very erect, tall stems. I wonder what genetic make- up created them, and where ? As the flowers open, they appear more ‘normal’ than when in the bud stage, but are still very different from other indoor cyclamen strains. I do not detect any fragrance in them.
For $4.99 each, these are perfect for a cool, bright windowsill or protected (and above freezing) on the front porch.

February 12, 2011

Faking it

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                     This is the perfect time to ‘fake-up’ your garden by planting pre-grown bulbs ! We  have a fabulous selection of inexpensive, locally grown bulbs to plant in your garden beds and pots right now. This way, they will grow and bloom as if you planted them last fall, like you were supposed to .  Almost all of them will become perennial, especially the snowdrops (Galanthus), of which you can never have enough ! Most homeowners wish someone had planted some snowdrops on their plot years ago….. they are so charming when long-forgotten  mature clumps bloom every January !
                We also have a huge selection of Hellebores in stock.  There has been much improvement in the white strains derived from Helleborus niger. Those offered today have very upright flower stems and forward or upward facing flowers.  The older seed strains have flowers buried amongst the leaves and facing downwards. Through the modern propagation techniques of ’tissue culture’  (cloning), these exceptional strains have become very affordable and widely available.DSC06214DSC06231DSC06233DSC06219DSC06222DSC06228

February 5, 2011

Wonderful Witch Hazels are here !

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               We are so lucky to live in an area with comparatively mild winters ! Every January (and sometimes even earlier) our dreary days are brightened by the humble Hamamelis shrubs – the ‘Witch Hazels’ which dot our neighbourhoods.  These hardy, undemanding shrubs ask for very little. They will grow into small trees if left alone….but are easily maintained to any size you envision by light pruning. Those clippings are wonderful in the house in  a vase of water, so wait to prune  until late winter and enjoy their  beauty indoors!
         Witch Hazels will grow in full sun, part shade, full shade, woodland – virtually anywhere .  I think the open soil of a real garden would allow them to reach maturity, versus a life sentence in a patio pot or large container. Many of the varieties we offer produce fabulous fall colours in their foliage . The large leaves turn flaming orange with red and gold blushes, as striking as any maple I have ever seen. The leaves stay on the twigs for weeks , before falling off still beautifully coloured.
        Many Witch Hazels are fragrant and scent the air around them.  Most yellow varieties are scented, but use your own nose to judge.  My nose finds the orange variety ‘Aphrodite’ has the best and strongest scent , followed by ‘Barnstedt Gold’ and the much loved ‘Pallida’ .  The range of colours includes red, coppery orange, deep gold and soft yellow. I would mix a few colours into the landscape for interest if space allows. It would also look great to plant two colours in one hole and allow the branches to co-mingle !
                          We have a fabulous selection of Witch Hazels in stock  now (early February) and
                               prices range from $34.99 to $89.99  (for very large ones) .

'Barnstedt Gold'

                                                      Hamamelis x  ’Barnstedt Gold’ is fragrant and very vigourous.
'Old Copper'

                                                        Hamamelis x  ‘Old Copper’ combines well with yellows


                                     Hamamelis  x  ’Aphrodite’ has huge ‘flowers’ and is very fragrant.


                                                Hamamelis  x ‘Diane’ is really red, but, alas, has no scent.

'Wisley Supreme'

                                                   Hamamelis  x  ‘Wisley Supreme’ has lots of colour and a light scent'Pallida'

                                                    Hamamelis x ‘Pallida’ is #1 for most gardeners.

'Gold Edge'

                                          Hamamelis x  ’Gold Edge’ is very showy and curly.'Arnold's Promise'

                                                Hamamelis x ‘Arnold’s Promise’ has a light scent.


                                                Hamamelis x ‘Jelena’ is one of my favourites , even though it has no scent. It has amazing fall foliage colours !