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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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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 12, 2010

Bloedel Conservatory Christmas Light Show is On !!

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               What a difference a year makes ! Last year, the Bloedel Conservatory was slated for closure . Thanks to public outrage and our little group ‘The Friends of the Bloedel’ , it is saved !
              You should see the fabulous light show that  we have done in there this year ! With lots of hard work from the loyal staff and some financial help from our group, ‘The Jewel Box of Lights’ is now on inside the Bloedel until January 4th. There is  the regular admission charge , and a lot more to enjoy. I was astonished by the lasers ……. wait until you see the hard -to-believe gold dusting/snowstorm/fairy dust/shimmering emeralds over huge darkened areas !!!  I suggest you go later in the day ( it is open until 8 PM !!) and enjoy it in the dark. Kids will love it and all the birds are out to meet you !
       There is a large coffee wagon on the plaza now !! The Blue Parrot Cafe (how appropriate !) from Granville Market is doing this !! They have great lattes, hot chocolate, lots to eat…. and  you can look at the great views and the stunningly redone  fountain plaza too !   jewel_box_bridge_smjewel_box_fire_cactus_smjewel_box_lights_14_smjewel_box_purple_fanPalm2_sm

December 10, 2010

That Christmas feeling….

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        At the end of the day, it occasionally hits me that I am surrounded by beauty.  With lots and lots of help, we at Southlands have created a self-fuelling  environment to bring visual pleasure.  I think that is  what makes Southlands so unique in the retail moonscape. 
       Just the other night I stayed late and took some ‘night shots’ of our place at Christmas. I hadn’t a clue how to operate my camera in the dark, but I like the atmospheric blurring that appears in these pictures.
        We are selling lots of cut Christmas trees , more than usual. I think word is out that our trees are the same price as everywhere else, but a lot nicer.  I especially like the Noble Firs. These are very ‘alpine’ looking, with a bluish tinge and stiff, well-spaced tiers of branches that really show-off ornaments and lights.
         If you are able to, drop by a bit later in the day (we close at 5:30) and wander around in our magical vision that the lights, plants and fresh cut evergreen fragrances have created ! You’ll definitely leave feeling that ‘Christmas  Spirit’ ! Night shots (8)