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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!

March 15, 2016

The Real Cactus Club

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IMG_4362We have a fantastic selection of Cacti and Succulents in stock right now.These houseplants are virtually carefree. They require bright light (think desert…) and very little water. In a less-than-perfect environment (ie: too dark) they slowly stretch and eventually give up and die. So, give them good light !

Lithops (below),are one of the strangest of all plant families. Commonly known as ‘Living Stones’, these are true mimics of the real rocks they grow (and hide) in. Native to  parts of Africa, these little novelties have evolved a way to survive grazing animals by becoming invisible ! IMG_4366Grafted cacti  (below) are also interesting oddities to collect. The upper portion is grafted onto a host stem that produces food for both portions. 
Mature cacti produce spectacular flowers ! In the photo below, you can see a large white flower emerging from the spiny specimen in the centre of the picture.IMG_4363

February 20, 2016


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002Our roses are potted up and starting to sell. Some are in short supply, we may have only gotten five of several varieties .

All are $34.95 (Canadian), which is about U.S. $24.95……just sayin’….

Here is what we have. (March 1st, 2016). Some could be sold out by the time you get here….so hurry. If the rose you want is not listed here, we cannot get it this year.

Three out of four of our rose suppliers have gone out of business recently.

Climbers  are in  Bold Type

    About Face,  Always and Forever,  Barbra Streisand,  Bella’roma,  Blue Girl,  Brandy,  Bride’s Dream,  Ch-Ching,  Chicago Peace,  Chrysler Imperial,  Coretta Scott King,  Double Delight,  Easy Does It,   Electron,Elizabeth Taylor,  Firefighter,  First Prize,  Fragrant Cloud,  Full Sail,  Heirloom,  Henry Fonda,  Honor,   Hot Cocoa ,  Hotel California, I n The Mood,  John F. Kennedy,  Julia Child,   Just Joey, ‘Livin Easy,    Love,  Love and Peace,   Love’s Magic,  Marilyn Monroe , Melody Perfume,  Midas Touch,  Miss Congeniality,   Mister Lincoln,  Moonstone,  Neil Diamond,   Neptune,  New Zealand, Octoberfest,  Olympiad,  Opening Night,  Oregold,  Over the Moon,  Paradise,  Peace,  Perfect Moment,  Perfume Delight,  Pink Peace,  Pope John Paul II ,  Radiant Perfume,  Remember Me,  Royal Amethyst, Sedona,   Smokin’ Hot,  St Patrick, Stainless Steel, Sugar Moon, Summer Love, Sunset Celebration, Sunstruck,   Take It Easy,  Tropicana, Angel Face, Distant Drums, Drop Dead Red, Iceberg, Ketchup and Mustard, Koko Loko, Moondance, Playboy, Pumpkin Patch, Sally Holmes, Sexy Rexy, America,  Cecille Brunner, Don Juan, Dublin Bay, Golden Showers, Iceberg, Joseph’s Coat, New Dawn,  Above All, America, Autumn Sunset, Blaze, , Pearly Gates, New Dawn, Royal Gold, Stormy Weather, Top of the World, Westerland, White Dawn, Zephirine  Drouhin, Bonica, Therese Bugnet, Rosa rugosa , Rosa rugosa alba, Hansa, Frau Dagmar Hartopp, Blanc double de Coubert,  R. rubrifolia (glauca)


Images of all are available at www.davidaustinroses.com

Carding Mill , Crocus Rose, Darcy Bussell, Dark Lady, Eglantyne, Evelyn, Falstaff,  Gertrude Jekyll, Golden Celebration, Graham Thomas, Heathcliff, Heritage, James Galway, Lady of Shalott, Lark Ascending, Lichfield Angel, Munstead Wood, Olivia Rose, Poet’s Wife, Port Sunlight, Strawberry Hill, Teasing Georgia, Tranquility, Winchester Cathedral, Wisley

001-1A five year old plant of David Austin’s ‘Teasing Georgia’ at my farm gate in Langley, B.C.

January 16, 2016

Brave New Hellebores

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Hellebore 2016-1

We have a large selection of blooming, locally grown Hellebores in stock right now. These super hardy (Zone 5 =  Toronto) early blooming perennials do well in pots, tubs, or in the open garden. Happy in sun or shade , where you can expect blooms for the next four or more months.  Most are about $19.99 in a one gallon pot, full of blooms!Hellebore 2016Upward-facing blooms have always been a major goal in hybridization….. here they are !

Hellebore 16-2We are filling up our benches with appropriate, cold tolerant plants for those who need to get planting ! Forced (but cool grown) Spring bulbs, small evergreen shrubs and Hellebores can transform shmaggy ( a Tom word) pots into attractive little Spring gardens !

December 7, 2015

Tillandsias are hot !

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010Tillandsias are the ‘AIR PLANTS’ you see for sale everywhere lately. The are a huge family of epiphytes  (not parasites) that perch on narrow twigs (even on hydro lines) in their native Mexico and Central America. Their seeds are delivered by wind and stick on airy perches, where they derive moisture and minerals from rain, fog and occasional bird droppings. They ask for very little!  Here I have enclosed them in a wire cage, with a bit of moss for a go-anywhere Christmas gift idea @ $30.00 complete.

December 2, 2015


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December is here and we can finally not feel strange about seeing so much Christmas’ in the stores.  We have a very ‘HOBBS’ selection of lights and trims in the nursery now. It is  reminiscent  of the glory days of my nearly 40 years on West 41st Ave in Kerrisdale.  For those who miss my old stores, ( and Kerrisdale itself…) you will recognize many brands now for sale at the nursery . You have to come check us out !  We are open every day from 9-6.002 Little skiing hedgehogs are all handmade , with little knitted scarves, sweaters and toques. Six different types, $20.00 each

010These light spheres can be hung in trees, or sat on a table/buffet to make a stunning show!

They come in three sizes : 10″ (95.00) 8″ (75.00) and 6″ (50.00)  For indoors or out

012We currently have eight colours to choose from, including a multi-coloured one !


These wooden snowflakes (below) are all cut by laser and then glittered in tasteful colours.  They are very lightweight, and come in  a nice wooden box.  $36.00 for 12 snowflakes.


If you don’t have room for a big tree, consider these nostalgic reproduction glitter trees, shown below .  I remember having these  growing up  as a child in Winnipeg . A previous owner had left three in a cupboard in a large house we lived in, and I was not yet in grade one. I vividly remember finding them in a basement ‘playroom’, and my young, beauty-thirsty brain was thrilled ! We have more types than shown here, and prices range from $12.99 to $45.00


November 2, 2015

SALE TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 10:51 pm

036November has just arrived and it is time to clear our field, to make room for our Christmas Trees !!  Yikes , I can hardly believe it !

All kinds of fresh, healthy plant material has to go . Gorgeous and rare hardy Scheffleras, Witch Hazels, Boxwood, Sarcococca and nearly anything else you’ve always wanted (even Daphne!) is now HALF PRICE .  Don’t delay – it will go fast. I wouldn’t wait til next year… our dollar is 30% lower than when we bought most of  this material – yikes. Sale started Nov. 2nd and will end Nov. 20th, 2015



October 18, 2015


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028 Some pumpkins are pretty scary  !  It is as if some evil witch cursed them with really bad skin ….. 

We have a freaky selection of  pumpkins to choose from , including giant ones that we can barely lift !


043DEVIL BABY says ‘I’m watching you….’ if you touch her tummy.

045‘Don’t touch my baby pumpkin planted with Wintergreen’ says DEVIL BABY

September 21, 2015

Suffering from Bulb Fatigue?

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Fall is here, again. The shelves are full of bulbs for planting right now, for Spring blooms. But, most of them bore me. I bet they bore you, too. For my own sanity, I have ordered some less-common and truly beautiful varieties to add to my own garden and yours !  #1 on this list has to be the adorable Narcissus called ‘Katie Heath’ . A short grower ( 12″), with large flowers that possess the most charming flesh pink stubby trumpet against a white perianth (petals). This tasteful combination of colours would look great planted with the soft,soft faded blue Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis‘ . 99.9% of ‘Grape Hyacinths (Muscari) are dark denim blue, but ‘Valerie Finnis’ is the one to get.  I planted just this  exact combo in random dapples under my 13 Weeping Silver Pear trees (Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’) out at the farm.  They give the look of an olive grove, which was my intention. ( Olives are not hardy where I live. ) ‘Katie Heath‘ bulbs are $11.99 a dozen are are going to be a sell-out !N. Becky Heath 2Below:  Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis’ is a very hardy, easy little bulb for those suffering from bulb fatigue !Muscari Valerie Finnis  Another treasure this year is a species tulip, Tulipa humilis alba coreulea oculata . I am going to grow these tiny bulbs in a clay pot, to keep my eye on them. The cobalt blue stain on the base of each white petal is unlike any other tulip ! Judging by the size of the bulbs, I expect a miniature tulip .  Three tiny bulbs sell for $8.99 , so you know you won’t be seeing this tulip at the gas station!t.alba

ALlliums are a pretty kooky group in general, but now they are getting to be ‘old hat’ as well. For this season, I found  two new giant purple ones: ‘AMBASSADOR‘, and ‘BEAU REGARD’.Large purple heads of Ambassador giant ornamental onion (Allium 'Ambassador') ABOVE :    Allium ‘AMBASSADOR’ has 8″ + flowerheads that last for months.

Allium Beau RegardALLIUM ‘BEAU REGARD’ 8”  flowerheads are soft purple.

August 9, 2015

Enamelware for summer living

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enamel 3  We have a nice selection of extremely affordable ‘retro’ enamelware in stock for summer camping or outdoor entertaining ! It has been updated… from the dark blue and white spotted/splatters of yesteryear, to a hip soft aqua shade. Go ahead and bang it up, chips only add to the look of the baked enamel finish. Cups are $2.95 !  4 sizes of plates are  $2.95, $4.00, $5.00 and $10.00 for the very largest. ! Coffee pots are $25.00, huge salad bowls are $25.00, covered sugar/tea/coffee container is $20.00 , etc.  This could be a unique and fun wedding gift idea for a young groovy couple !enamel 1


July 31, 2015

Invest in Garden Antiques !

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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.

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