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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!

January 20, 2017

A New Year = New Treasures for the garden

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 4:46 am

We just unpacked another container of garden antiques from England !  Each piece is chosen by Thomas Hobbs, personally. An item has to be interesting, unique and somewhat affordable to make the journey to Vancouver. Here is a sample of some new pieces, drop by to see the rest !

I liked the simplicity of these English limestone garden benches. They are similar, but not a pair . One is  47″ L x 18″ W x 18″ H , 1800.00 . The other is 45″L x 15″W x 17″ H, $1500.00Antique stone benches

An impressive pair of 19th C hand wrought iron gates.  110″ W x 98″ H  $5500.00 pair.Auction 6-8-16 Gates

A white marble fountain  with a black stone basin .  The re-curved leaf design is beautiful. 55″ x 55″  . Sadly, it came with a big chip on the back of the white basin. Looks fixable. $3,000.00 

antique marble fountain

This hand-carved stone urn is amazing. It is huge ! I wish it could talk….(about Lady Mary?)  68″ H x 22″ base. $4,000.00antique dark stone urn

 antique chimp

I am nuts about this lead chimpanzee. Probably the only one in Canada ….  26″ x 12″ base . $2,995.00. Stone base sold separately.

antique cistern

A lovely lead cistern, usually found at ‘major houses’ where they are used to collect rainwater from down pipes. This is then used to water potted plants on the terrace etc. 30″ x 21″ x 27″ H . $3,000.00 

antique dog

This charming old cast stone dog, probably a Labrador, would make a lovely memorial to a favourite pet. It is  19″ long, and is $1200.00

antique Lutyens bench

We LOVE these  two teak benches, as designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens .  76″ long. $3,000.00

8f88cf85577b32bb7c5a2bc76c3aa4f0    This hand-carved  19thC marble statue of Jesus and a child was vandalized and so removed from a cemetery. So sad. It is beautifully carved (you can see veins in Jesus’s feet) and  called out to me….. 55″ H x 20″ w x 24″D $7500.00

eb2edede6d02417f95b8213798d93ab7    This is a really big sundial !  I have a ‘thing’ for sundials…… and I can imagine this one sitting in the middle of a parterre of herbs and boxwood. The dial itself is a replacement,but suits the 19thC base well.   27″ base x 41″ H .  $3500.00

b20d089d6933428fd5a0c7296c532e6cAnother elegant sundial . Imagine what these ornaments have witnessed over their years….36″ H x 13″ D , with original bronze dial. $3500.00

IMG_8290This copper-clad bust of a nurse is a work of art . Her expressive face must have adorned a Victorian hospital somewhere in England. 26″ x 14′ x 8″ $2995.00

Auction 6-16 Iron entryI bought this 19th C  hand- wrought iron trellis/front porch arbor thinking how great it would be in a local garden. To divide up space, support clematis or add to an existing doorway? It measures  99″W x 91″ H x 22″ D and is $2,000.00

iron urn - fineI am particularly fond of this very unusual cast iron urn . It is 30″ tall, with an 18″ x 18″ base. I hope I get a chance to plant it up, with tufty grasses and bronze-toned sedges…. $2200.00

griffins A wonderful pair of cast iron griffins!  Each measures 22″ x 22″ x 8″ at the widest. Made in England, circa 1900.  $4,000.00 pair. Very ‘Downton Abbey’ ( check out their front door entrance!) Highclere


lead urns with lids  A beautiful and sophisticated pair of lead urns from France, circa 1930. The lids are removable for planting.  They measure 27″ H x 14″ D. $3500.00 pair

stone corbelsWonderful pair of huge carved stone architectural corbels !  Beautiful patina – perfect laying about among succulents …. 29″ x 12″ 12″ . Super heavy. $2500.00 pair.

griffinA spectacular cast stone griffin ! 36″ x 15″ x 30″ . Probably from a demolished cinema….. $2500.00  (SOLD)

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