TOM SPEAKS
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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....

SOUTHLANDS NURSERY
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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.

STORE INFO
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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!

TOM SPEAKS
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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....

JUST IN
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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.

FAVOURITES
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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.

DAYLILIES
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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!

ORDERING
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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.

BOOKS & PRESS
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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 28, 2013

Impressionism is Alive and Well at Our Farm

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 9:59 pm

Brent took these photos the other day, just before dusk. These are exactly as it was, no ‘photo shop’ – just an amazing foggy dream ! When there is less to see, you see way more……

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‘WITCHIE-POO PARK’ is an amazing part of our property. Wind-shattered elm trees create a haunting landscape….. a small stream gurgles at the bottom of the slope. You couldn’t pay me to go there at night. 

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A solitary Spruce tree decorates our main meadow. There is no way to tell in this picture, but this tree is at least seventy-five feet tall, and there is a six foot teak garden bench sitting under it…..barely visible in the fog.

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Brent finds it ‘cathartic’ to mow acres and acres of grass…. I love the smell ! The hills were already there, but ‘an artist with a caterpillar’, the late Ed Anderlini, sculpted and smoothed out acres of mess into this vision.

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Rolling hills are so important to create vistas and visions. Lucky,lucky.lucky!

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We used a peach-tan gravel for the driveway, and a split-rail fence guides the eye around the bend. I have planted a few scrambling vines on it at random spots. The purple-leaf grape (Vitus vinifera ‘Purpurea’) has always been one of my favourite plants and has room here to do its thing.

DSCN1029A very large Oak tree was probably planted by the original homesteaders at this farm. I added a grove of Katsura trees (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) in front of it. Some of these  new trees are more than twenty feet tall and were ‘pre-trained’ with a clear trunk. Others were never pruned and retain all their lower branches. These trees are renowned for their fall colour and the lovely scent  (which I cannot smell at all) of their dying leaves. Brent didn’t know about this feature, and wondered how our closest neighbour could be baking so many apple pies day after day !

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