Click on text to vist page
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.

Click on text to vist page
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.

Click on text to vist page
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!

Click on text to vist page
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....

Click on text to vist page
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.

Click on text to vist page
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.

Click on text to vist page
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!

Click on text to vist page
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.

Click on text to vist page
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, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 6:54 pm

As a retailer myself, I am a bit jaded when it comes to browsing/shopping in general.
But, here is a list of a few  businesses that I would have wished I had known about if I was visiting Vancouver!
Most are quirky, independent entrepreneurs who deserve your support.

2936 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC

I admire this store. The owners have a great eye for reasonably priced old and funky stuff,
like typewriters,crates,luggage,antlers and metal stools. The displays are perfect, but touchable.
They carry a wide selection of Cavallini, retro-inspired paper products. You will not
leave empty-handed.

321 Cordova Street
Vancouver (GASTOWN)
(604)681-4648  call for hours

The original eccentric treasure trove store in Vancouver.
I remember going here when I was in still in  high school !
A wonderful shop, crammed with wacky and semi-normal stuff,
all displayed with a curator’s eye.
Plastic body parts and skeletons, old toys and memories…..
A visit to the basement is a must !!

Salmagundi (5)


















915 Cotton Dr.
(604) 876-5215
call for hours

I never thought I would like mid-century Danish furniture until I went here.
A huge selection of consoles,desks,chairs,bookcases,bars…..
I have purchased several pieces here .(I like the rosewood the best)
We forget how beautiful real wood can be !
Selection and quality seems to vary….but there are always beauties to be found.
New shipments are constantly arriving. They ship anywhere !
They also sell on Ebay under ‘Northern Treasures’.

3520 Main Street

The other ‘treasure trove’ store in Vancouver.
They have now expanded to three connected retail shops in a row.
Eye-popping showcases and vignettes of nostalgic toys,
religious artifacts, wacky scale models and movie props….. you name it.
I bought three huge canvas circus banners from the 1930′s here.
Someone beat me to the one that said ‘This Way To The Giant Rat’.
Rats !!!



1324 Franklin Ave.

A big warehouse full of stuff, but I mostly like
the thousands of pieces of antique wrought iron from Egypt.
Huge gates, grills, fences etc are priced incredibly cheaply.
BRING  A VAN ! If you have seen any Egyptian wrought iron
for sale anywhere else in North america, it probably came from here.
Check-out their industrial antiques from India as well !
They are good at making ‘deals’ !!

778-872-0295  -  call for opening hours.
One of those rare ‘curated’ treasure trove stores !
Cool shops are moving further East in Vancouver, as rents are lower.
Make the journey ! This store has authentic written all over it. Old crates, crocks,
lamps and filing cabinets, alarm clocks and nice houseplants, too !

1191 Parker St.
Vancouver, BC.

Glassblower Jeff Burnette makes lots of cool stuff,
but it is  his each-one-is-unique RAYGUNS that I love.
Very collectable works of art (NASA bought some !)
Remember not to take it home in your carry-on !

105 – 2567  192nd st.
Surrey, BC.  604-538-7220
 New  warehouse/ showroom in Surrey.

This is the kind of store I look for in every city I go to.
Well-chosen industrial antiques, Canadiana pine,
old signage and barber poles, medical cabinets
and just plain cool stuff is displayed gallery style.
Pieces sell quickly here, so don’t doddle.

Hello Leuie
1523 W. 8th Ave. (@ Granville St.)

A very charming little children’s clothing store, unlike any other. Comfortable, casual
and adorable. Mother/daughter team Jacquelyn and Sarah curate every inch of
the small space.  Knocked- back colours, soft textures…… makes me want children !

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.