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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!

July 23, 2014

OOPS, I did it again !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 12:49 am

We have just received another load of garden antiques ! Many are from Europe, some are from the U.S., all are incredibly beautiful. I think they add a layer of beauty to the nursery that won’t be found elsewhere. This also applies to the home gardens of our clients.  A well-placed bench or vintage urn is what ‘makes’ a garden corner special. There is nothing contrived or affected about these types of ornament. They are (for the most part) quietly beautiful , unlike the bronze elephants, leap-frogging children or marble polar bears to be seen around town…..

Antiques - green bench

Cast iron cutie ! American, 1920. 43″ x 18″ x 30″  $1200.00

Antiques - iron bench 2

‘Horseshoe’  bench .  American, 1920. It measures 45″ x 18″ x 35″ and is priced at $1295.00

Antiques - iron bench

Strap-work iron bench from England , circa 1900. It measures 62″ x 28″ x 34″ and is priced at $1450.00

I have  a real weakness for old benches. We have about eight or ten in stock now. Creating a place to sit is important in the garden.  Think of all the public parks and famous gardens…. there is always a bench just where you would like to sit and rest. Set up a situation at home to enjoy the vision you have created, or to envision what could be all around you !

Antiques - iron urns

Antiques - lead urns

Antiques - marble urns       We also have a great bunch of antique urns in stock. Lead, marble or cast iron….. these are the real thing !  The huge iron urns (top photo) are American, They were made by the Fiske Ironworks of New York City around 1880. They are 40″ tall and very ‘crusty’ with a wonderful patina . The pair is  $4500.00 . The lead pots are from England . They are very heavy – pure lead – and decorated with ‘putti’ (cherubs). They measure 12″ x 12″ are are priced at  $1200.00 for the pair. The marble urns are from France . I wish they could talk……they measure 23″ x 19″ ( big!) are are priced at 2800.00  for the pair.

Antiques - pastry table

This pastry table is exquisite . It is the first one I’ve seen with the upper shelf, let alone still intact. These tables are always expensive – I’ve admired them for decades. This one measures 24″d x 39″ w x 43″ H and is priced at…….call me.

Antiques - small fountain

The cutest little fountain in the whole country has to be this cast iron one. it is American, probably late 1800′s. I want it. It measures 30″ tall by 16″D bowl and just might be priceless…..

Antiques - sundial

We had several sundials in stock, but they sell surprisingly fast. This one comes with a cast ‘stone’ base and is priced at $650.00

Antiques - table

I couldn’t resist this lovely patio table.  Just the right size and height to put a drink or snacks on….It is weatherproof and already rusted. It may be made in the U.S., I am not sure….. it measures 25″ x 30″ x 28″H and is priced at $1250.00 .


Antiques - grave fences

These old wrought iron fences would make a cute border around a small garden. They once went on graves in France. I didn’t steal them ! They measure 26″ x 60″ (people were smaller then !) and are priced at &$750.00 each

Antiques - wire bench

A particularly nice American wire -work bench . in remarkable condition, being from the early 1900′s. It measures 55″ x 24′ x 34″ and is priced at $1295.00

Antiques - wire plant stands                                   Wire work plant stands are under-appreciated !  They are the perfect way to display favourite pots and plants. We have several old ones like these. Some are in better condition than others, these two aren’t bad. Each measures 48″W x 24″ D x 42″H and are priced at $795.00 each .

Drop by soon to see the rest of this amazing collection !