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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 31, 2015

Invest in Garden Antiques !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 12:16 am

More gorgeous items have arrived since my last posting of garden antiques for sale at the nursery. Actually, most of the earlier pieces I showed here are now gone ! To my amazement, we have had to ship large amounts to tasteful clients in Calgary, Winnipeg and Los Angeles . These people know that these unique pieces are unique and once they go, they are gone forever.  Here is a smattering of our newest arrivals ….antique bench - new ironThis is one of the nicest benches yet. It was made in Arras, France and bears the signature curved iron slats and paw-like feet of that region’s famous garden furniture. It measure 60″ x 32″ x 21″D and is $1800.00 Canadian dollars.antique french fountain Here is a ‘faux bois’ water fountain , also from France .  it is plumbed to be permanently hooked up to water, somehow….. but could be reworked to use a recirculating pump. It is made of cement, and measures about 3′ tall. It is $1500.00

antique tin urnI love this very rare  old tin urn. It is American, with a beautiful verdi gris finish . Quite lightweight. I wouldn’t plant right in it, but use a tub or liner inside to prevent splitting. It is 40″ H x 28″ D and is $1950.00    .  Remember :  the Canadian dollar has fallen more than 25% this year…… try going ‘shopping’ !

antique green fountain boyThis 1930′s American glazed boy fountain was destined for my own greenhouse…. but I changed my plans. He is 29″ high and presently spouting away inside our big greenhouse at the nursery.$1400.00

antique stone urnThis urn is solid, hand carved marble . It is French,19thC, and measures 20″ x 16″ H.  I wish there was a pair …. but there is not.  $1400.00

antique faux bois planterI really don’t want to sell this – hopefully it will just  sit here for years…..planted now with ferns.  It is a very large faux bois  cement planter from France. Measuring 38″ x 14″ x 14″, it will only get more beautiful with age .$1850.00

antique stone puttiCan you tell which of these ‘Putti’ is hand carved stone, from Vicenza, Italy ? The other one is cast cement, more than 50 years old, and from England. One costs $2500.00 and one costs $1200.00….

More to come !  But drop by and drool soon.

July 29, 2015

MINI HOSTAS – tots in pots !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 12:23 am

mini hosta 2I have fallen for these tiny treasures, and we have a terrific selection of them in now , late summer. They only ask for water – not much – in their 4″ pots.  Very cold hardy perennials for a shady spot on a table or balcony. Shown here is Hosta ‘Lucky Mouse’, a sport of ‘Blue Mouse Ears’.  I put a $5.00 bill beside it to show how tiny a fairly mature plant is . Other varieties we stock include ‘Harkaway’s Mini Gold’, ‘Tiny Dancer’ and ‘English Teeth’.