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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 22, 2014

Merry Christmas from the farm

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 4:18 am


It is such a joy to arrive at our little house at the farm in Langley at this time of year ! It is only a 45 minute drive from the nursery to a sanctuary in the trees. Brent has done a festive display, on a small scale, that is pure eye-candy !  Battery-operated lights on the wreaths, cedar garland and pre-LED mini lights around the door cost very little but look fantastic!
DSCN1397II love these ‘Edison Bulb’ lights on our old barn . They came from TARGET (!!!) and are sold out by now, I am sure. The warm orange glow looks great against the old wood. I hope our two huge barn owls don’t mind their new night lights !

DSCN1404 This old florist sign was a gift to me for my 60th birthday ! Here it is standing against our workshop/garages/renovated grow-op building. I see it as the headline of my obituary one day….

DSCN1410I  bought this very heavy cast bronze sign from an  online auction in Chicago.  It was a birthday present for Brent , and he installed it on our stone powerhouse, which gives the small building a very ‘prohibition era’ look….


December 11, 2014

Recession? What recession?

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 10:35 pm


I had to take this picture the other day at the nursery.  I knew we were located in an affluent area, and that we attract people and gardeners from all over……but this looked like a Range Rover commercial was being filmed ! When I went back inside, I jokingly said in my loud voice ‘Would anyone NOT driving a Range Rover please leave’! The two or three customers there gave a nervous laugh and I reassured them that I was only kidding, as I also drive one !