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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!

October 26, 2013

An Autumn to Remember !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 11:11 pm


After our unusually dry summer ( 90 days in a row with not a drop of rain), the fall colours this year are the best I have ever seen. And, it has been quite dry lately as well, so the show is lasting   very well . Out at our farm in Langley, B.C., the 70 Acer rubrum trees I planted in 2008 are hitting their stride ! WOW – they are incredible all over the city and I am so glad I chose them for the  drive in to the property……The ‘split rail’  fence is made from recycled telephone poles, and the whole drive looks much better now with the under-grounding of all our hydro, cable and telephone wires now completed !



The spectacular weather means always keeping a camera nearby . Our three year old lake plays mind games at times…..


October 13, 2013

London Calling…..

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I was recently in London, England. Every neighbourhood I visited either had, or was just installing these ‘rent-a-bike’ racks. Very Vancouver. Talking to one of the installation crews revealed that these entire systems are made in Canada ! Somebody must be making a fortune, somewhere. Notice how many are being used? Exactly none. Every encounter with these bike racks was the same – one or two empty spots, dozens sitting there, taking up desperately needed parking spaces and blocking traffic lanes. Very Vancouver.P1030124 London is amazing but exhausting. Everybody smokes. EVERYBODY. Yuck. And, phone addiction is worse than anyplace I have ever been. I was relieved to go to the Cotswolds after 5 days. Lovely stone walls and buildings, gorgeous gardens and antique shops….the ‘Good Life’ is actually visible everywhere you look !

P1030183  Lots to be learned from this gorgeous home….balance….neutrality….edit,edit,edit….no ‘flowers’… trampoline…..


Charming visions around every corner……is this a display at The Chelsea Flower Show ? No, it is part of a village. They are all so lovely,I can’t remember which one this was…..

DAYLESFORD ORGANICS in Kingham, Gloucestershire, was a must-see for Brent and I. We have been to their London shops and were blown away by the shops fixturing as much as its products. Everything is perfect. The ‘Mothership’ is their farm operation in the Cotswolds. WOW – retail perfection . The boxwood and gravel set the mood, they are not for sale. The experience is what  is being offered. This is my version of crack !! All the food is grown or produced on their own farm. Everything.