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!

January 2, 2015

My 17th greenhouse !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 12:00 am

I am calling this one my ‘Dreamhouse’ !  It is taking shape out at the farm. Brent thought of it as my 60th birthday gift supreme , and I , of course, made it a bit more grand….

DSCN1420We had the perfect place to put a greenhouse, facing South, on the end of our workshop/former grow-op building. Our trusty stone-guy, Jimmy Morgan built a perfect foundation wall and B.C. Greenhouse Builders got to work….

DSCN1421I chose a beautiful shade of celadon green for the aluminum frame. They actually build the greenhouse (but don’t glaze it), then take it all down and get a baked on paint job done!  I will update this post once it returns all painted.

This got me thinking of all the greenhouses I have loved and lost over the years…. here are some pictures of ones that got away…..

01-04-2015_4This was in Regina, and I think I was 13. I still remember buying those two Gloxinia tubers  at Simpsons (Sears) for .59 cents each . I am holding my guinea pig Zackery, with my good friend Barry McKnight. Notice behind my knee ? A Saran-wrapped pot of something precious germinating….. I still do it the same way today.

The big move to B.C. in 1968, and my first B.C. Greenhouse Builders greenhouse. We didn’t have any money, but my mom made monthly payments and I started selling plants !
01-04-2015_7I think I see some of my first orchids inside the door of the white-washed greenhouse. These were Cymbidiums, rescued from the garbage pile of Le Nobel Orchids, also located in Richmond at that time.

1972 ! Look – no pot belly ! And the hair…..01-04-2015_5

 

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And here it is in late May, 2015 !  Now I have to (slowly) fill it !  The two roses are  both David Austin’s ‘Carding Mill’, which I took a gamble on. It is fantastic ! Re-blooms on and off all summer…. lightly fragrant ……. growing in shallow, terrible soil…… fabulous !   B.C. Greenhouse Builders did an amazing job, once again, for me !

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