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!

August 9, 2015

Goodbye, Corona

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 11:33 pm

Corona 2015 Many customers and visitors to the nursery knew Corona. Often people would come to the nursery just to see him –  and I know why. Corona was left at our farm about 6 years ago, and we fell in love with him. I had his DNA done , with a mail order kit that you swab inside the mouth and send the samples to a lab in the U.S. They sent a detailed history of what he was-  a cross between a German Shepherd and a Chinook.  I had never heard of a Chinook. Have you?  It turns out to be a very rare  breed of sled dogs , from New Hampshire. You have to Google Chinook dog and read the amazing story of one Arctic explorer, who kept the ‘recipe’ a secret and how his favourite one was named ‘Chinook’.  The breed was only recognized by the AKC in 2013 , and in 1981 there were only  13 (yes, thirteen) breedable Chinooks in the world.   Anyways, Corona was mostly Chinook – he looks ( I mean , looked) like a purebred. One of the most amazing traits of these dogs is that they love to talk. I suspect there is Husky blood contributing to this. Corona would look right at you and talk in ‘sentences’, matching the length of what you said to him. I am too sad to go on….. but one day in the near futureBrent and I will get another dog, for sure. Hopefully, a Chinook – but Corona will never be replaced, ever.

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