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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.

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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.

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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!

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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....

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 27, 2014

Antiques have arrived !

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Stunning, hand-formed  19th C  copper lion’s heads  measure 20″  L x 18″ W .  They are lightweight and hollow. Fabulous indoors or outside !


Fabulous French bathtub, 52″ x 28″ x 23″  $1850.00 . This could easily be made watertight (again), but would be great for firewood or as a planter as is .

Zinc barrels

I love these French tubs ! We have a whole bunch of them,   They would look great with a small fruit tree  ( or grasses, bamboo, succulents. lavender…)in them on a deck   . About 21″H x 18″ W . $395.00 ea.

Iron Urns, small

A pair of black cast iron urns ,measuring 18″ from handle tip  to handle tip across, and 9″ H. The pair is $700.00 . I would plant them with Hen and Chicks (Sempervivums) and let them spill over the edges !                                                                                                                                                                  to

Cow sign

This old cattle sign is double-sided , and came from Texas. It measures  54″ W x 45″ H and is 1200.00 .


A very lovely bronze mini-statue of Neptune was a small fountain, and could be again . He is about  20″ tall and is quite rare.  $2000.00

We have many,many many more unique pieces in right now , including a seven foot tall bronze and sandstone  lightning rod from Piccadilly Circus in London !

February 24, 2014


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I get excited at this time of year (late February), because our most special Hellebores arrive from Oregon. These are raised by Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne, in Eugene . This couple pioneered Helleborus breeding and created unique colours that were previously only dreampt of ! This lovely single-flowered apricot one caught my eye. It has dark plum/black nectaries behind the showy yellow stamens. This added element is uncommon and makes this plant extra-special !



I also admired this lemon yellow Hellebore. The dark plum staining and dark nectaries create a contrast you don’t often find. A steal at $29.99 !



This beauty has extra-huge flowers in pale pink. That is my hand in the background ! It looks like an Epiphyllum cactus flower, but it is not !



A ‘Double Black’ was a dream , an impossibility, ten years ago. I would have camped out overnight for the opening of the Hellebore sale near Seattle and still not gotten one. Now we have them !

022                                                  What a perfect pattern of dots this flower has ! You can pick these individual flowers and float them ( facing upwards ) in a shallow bowl to create a stunning centrepiece. It is the best way to appreciate the flowers , and they last quite well this way.   Come down to the nursery soon as we have lots to choose from . But, many are so unique that there may be only ONE of that exact one available!



February 18, 2014

Primula Progress !

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Finally – some ‘ more interesting ‘ Primulas  for your winter pots ! I think everyone is sick and tired of the basic ‘grocery store’ strains of primula…. gaudy pink, red, yellow, a few white and a few blue ones. I certainly am. This year, kooky new types are appearing and I am so relieved. They sell for the same price as the ‘old’ types ($2.49 each), but are very unique. Because these plants are grown from seed, each one is a unique clone. The variation is amazing.  Many have a lovely perfume, and it is more pronounced in the sun. Freezing temperatures will hurt (or even kill) them, so protect if the weather dips below zero. Up on the steps, close to the house or under a porch makes a big difference to their survival. Several are so unique, I would coddle them along from year to year as you may never see that exact looking flower again.


February 14, 2014


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It means bending over and getting on your hands and knees, but you just might have a very special Snowdrop and not even know it ! They may ‘all look the same’ from above, but have subtle differences that drive snowdrop fanciers wild ! One very special snowdrop bulb recently sold on EBAY for over seven hundred pounds ! That is over one thousand dollars. So get out there and look!  We have pots of ‘ordinary’ snowdrops in stock, in bloom, for $3.99 . Even these show variation…. a couple of Vancouver’s best gardeners have already scooped a few.  We also are brimming with pots of  forced tulips, hyacinths,crocus,muscari,fritillarias and dwarf iris . These are a quick way to ‘fake’ some spring colour by planting them now, in the garden. You can create long-lasting patio pots using them, and later plant the flowered bulbs permanently out in a garden bed. Most are priced at $3.99 and contain several bulbs per pot.



The lovely green striped snowdrop on the right was found in a Burnaby, B.C. garden and named after its late discoverer, Rosemary Burnham. It is causing a sensation in England, and is one of the most sought-after snowdrops on earth. I knew her, and she gave me (and other plant friends)  a few bulbs of it. Lucky she did, because word got out and someone found her house and stole her entire clump! It wasn’t even in bloom !