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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 23, 2013

New Year’s Baby

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 11:17 pm

003  Wow !!  This is the first blooming of a Clivia that I grew from seed.  I planted dozens of Clivia seeds about six years ago, and only one has looked like this .  I bought my seeds ‘online’  (just search EBAY for Clivia seeds). Mecca seems to be around San Diego, California, for Clivia breeding, and that is where my seeds came from.  They are large seeds, and easy to start.  A warm indoor window is ideal, and germination takes about three months.  Many of my seedlings were a soft yellow , which is still fairly rare for Clivias. Orange is  the typical colour . The one I am showing here is a soft peach with a yellow border !! YUMMY !!  At Southlands, we are now selling lots of mature, blooming or in spike Clivias from my own crop of seedlings. Each one  is different. as they are from seed. Some of the yellow ones have tapered petals, some have very large rounded petals, some are shades of orange…. all are lovely. They are priced at $39.99 -$49.99 each ,  but the one shown in this picture is priceless and not for sale, sorry !

December 5, 2013

Wreaths of all types !

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Nearly all of us at Southlands love making wreaths ! We each have a ‘style’ of our own and it is fascinating watching them sell . Often a wreath sells before it is even finished…right off the work table. Many customers come back year after year for one of Grant’s ‘Whistler’ wreaths, or another of our  unique creations



P1030539This wreath is a mix of all natural materials. Most of the ‘goodies’ could be saved and re-used next year as part of  seasonal home decor. The brown pods are real Lotus pods.



The amazing blue berries of Viburnum tinus are actually that crazy colour !! A metallic ‘car paint’ dark blue that is unique for a ‘hardy’ shrub. Here it is combined with artificial artichokes and small (fake)  lemons. If you are wondering how big a wreath your door can handle aesthetically, a 2/3 diameter is the rule.  So, a 36″ wide door can display a 24″ wreath. A bit smaller would be OK, but nothing less than 20″, or the wreath will look like a pimple….


Boxwood is becoming very trendy for wreaths, and is a bit harder to get hold of.  It will dry and become crispy inside, but outside it lasts very well . The small size of the individual leaves allows for a crisp look, making perfect square wreaths ! This wreath has small artificial lemons added in to it,  and has a  very ‘della Robbia’ look .



I love these fake pears ! They feel and look totally real, and will be fine outside in any weather. The turquoise balls are cheap plastic ones that come in big mixed ‘tubes’ at Home Depot, Target etc.


The peachy-rose tones of this giant eucalyptus inspired this whole wreath. The fake pomegranates are just about the same size as the pine cones and plastic balls. The overall look is big and bold, very textural and sexy !