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!

February 1, 2015

Winter ? I’ll take it !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 6:42 am

Brilliant colours in late January light up an area of our Langley garden. The chartreuse green ‘grass’ is Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’ ,a very tough cookie that likes moisture and protection from hot sun. It thrives around our lake, as does this showy, shrubby willow , Salix x ‘Flame’ . No flowers necessary .DSCN1167

Another spectacular winter display comes from the showy , shrubby dogwood Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’. It takes a few years to get going (growing), but there is nothing like it !


Further into the woods, Mother Nature has draped gorgeous moss on almost everything. The Pacific Northwest climate even allows epiphytic ferns to grow on some tree limbs year round. This lovely fern is evergreen and quite common. It is Polypodium glycyrrhiza ,which always positions itself on the North side of anything it sprouts on.

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I planted the cute little fern below, Asplenium trichonoides, in a stump.It loves it there, and seems safe from marauding slugs. It is a native to the British Isles. It is a delicate-looking survivor of dry summers.

DSCN1173One of the many huge Western Red Cedars  (Thuja plicata) in our woods. Nobody’s going to make shingles out of our beauties! This tree is 6’ in diameter at ground level.DSCN1179

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