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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!

February 18, 2012

My Art

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 1:11 am

All the way through school, ‘Art’ was my best subject. I always got an ‘A’, which meant  more to me than the ‘D’ or ‘F’ I always got in P.E. …..
Stumbling through life seems to be buffered by my personal view and ‘artistic’ brain. Floristry was one outlet for creativity that really paid-off for me. I created a multi-million dollar business , took it to its zenith and sold it before  I burned out.  The business killed the creativity.
I enjoy creating retail environments and have shaped the nursery into a walk-in beauty fest. It is a creative retreat, and inspires creativity
in customers and employees . I have had lots of help from past and present staff, but it really is my baby. People come and go….
A few years ago, I started creating ‘Art’ on the side. One series involved buying really awful Paint-By-Numbers paintings on EBAY
and photographing them. Then I would ‘re-paint’ them using my computer , creating new, jarring and funny/tragic images that I had blown- up
into huge rayon outdoor flags !  Each is about 60″ x 48″. They are totally weatherproof and double-sided. I had brass grommets put in all the corners, reminiscent of old circus banners (which I collect). I had 14 different ones made !  Of course I have no plans for them….
I signed each one as ‘art’ .

They are for sale at cost : $250.00 each.

Does anyone want one?

Another series of my ‘Art’ consists of  very large and very bright ‘light boxes’ that I had made. These illuminate images I captured of ‘guests’
on daytime trash talk shows. I am rarely ever home in the daytime, but if I ever have to be I make sure to photograph my favourites as they
tell their stories to millions of viewers. It is partially just to show my partner Brent what I couldn’t believe was on TV, and part ’ART’.

An example is of a pin-headed, broad-shouldered brunette with gigantic hair who ‘accidentally’  killed her child.

‘I unplugged my baby’s breathing machine. It was keeping me awake !’  I did this one in three  colour versions  (green, blue and brown).
They are the smallest of my lightboxes ( 26″ x 40″)  and are waiting to be snatched up @ $750.00 each