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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!

September 3, 2016

BREXIT ! New antiques from England

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 10:09 pm

             September has brought us a 45′ container of garden treasures from England.  All chosen by Thomas Hobbs for beauty, uniqueness, value or by accident….. they are on display at the nursery after September 8th. We are completely amazed at how these pieces sell fairly quickly ! Because they are all unique ,  they offer so much more ‘eye candy’ to the garden than a lot of other items for sale as ‘garden decor’ .  By being our own agent and shipper, prices are as low as they can be !  Here is just a sample of what came:

Auction 6-16 Old Stuff 2

Estate garden tools of the trade.  19thC bootscraper $350.00, Millstone $1200.00,  Farm sink $800.00,  Metal storage bin with gorgeous  crested  (not shown here) hinged top $2500.00

antique faux bois planter

French Faux Bois planters

antique faux bois urn

antique french fountain

Unusual faux bois garden tap, hooks up from below.  39″ H x 27″ base  $1800.00

antique lead statue

‘Winter’ lead garden statue, late 19th century, 25″H x 8″ base. $1800.00 (SOLD)

auction 6-16 2 haddonstone urns

 A pair of aged HADDONSTONE planters  30″ x  30” $2500.00 pair

auction 6-16 2 urns on pedestals

A pair of stoneware urns on pedestals, marked Carter & Co., seedsman to H.M. The King, London 36″ H x 18″ W . Early 20th century $3,000.00 pair. Exceptional quality. Rare.

auction 6-16 3 iron urns

 Three cast iron urns 22″ W x 20″ H  ( 2 of the five  shown are now sold)

auction 6-16 4 iron planters

Four  (of six) beautiful cast iron rectangular planters, French, late 19th century 28″ x 15″ x 15″ . $1100.00 each. Wonderful patinas.

Auction 6-16 bench & 2 chairs

A rare set of  Coalbrookdale Fern and Blackberry pattern cast iron garden bench and chairs. Bench $2500.00, Chairs $1500.00 ea.

Auction 6-16 bench & chair 1

 A similar bench and chair in cast aluminum. Circa 1950. Bench $2500.00, Chairs $1500.00 ea.

Auction 6-16 bench 2

auction 6-16 bench 3

Rare cast iron garden bench, marked John Finch & Co. circa 1880. 61″ L x 37″ H x 30″ D    $2500.00

auction 6-16 bench 4A Coalbrookdale style Nasturtium pattern bench in cast aluminum. Mid-20th century. 71 inches wide.

auction 6-16 bench 5

Auction 6-16 Fruit baskets

Four (of six) fantastic  carved  limestone fruit baskets, 19th century, possibly older. France. $1250.00- $2500.00 each

auction 6-16 iron tables

A cast iron table (one of five!) from Camden Lock Market, London. 20th century. Very heavy . $2500.00 each

auction 6-16 lead fountain

A lead garden fountain, mid 20th century , 37″ D  x  48″ H (?) $6,000.00

auction 6-16 lead putto on columnA lead garden figure of a putto representing Autumn, 1st half 20th century. 40″ H on plinth. $2,200.00 (SOLD)

auction 6-16 limestone pedestal

A gigantic Louis XV style carved limestone pedestal 45” H . Crazy heavy. $3,500.00


Auction 6-16 Old Stuff

Antique wheelbarrows, incomplete croquet set, etc. from a British estate.

auction 6-16 tall urn

A rare Art Nouveau ‘ saltglaze’  stoneware urn on pedestal, circa 1860. Stamped Oates and Green, Halifax . 28″ H.  (SOLD)

auction 6-16 stone girl with garland

A composition stone dancing girl statue with lead garland, early 20th century. 53″ H $6,000.00 . (SOLD)

auction 6-16 stone birdbathA composition stone fountain , 20th century , 48″ H.auction 6-16 pink stone wall ftnVery old Italian marble wall fountain in 2 pieces . 
auction 6-16  copper potA large, rare,  Victorian copper pot, 19th century. 17″ H x 18″ W .  $1850.00  ( SOLD )

Auction 6-16 Pair Fruit basketsA pair of  French carved stone fruit baskets, 19th century , possibly older. 22” H  $2500.00 each

auction 6-16 marble woman

 Hand- carved  white marble  statue of a maiden representing Summer. Italian, mid 19th century. 40” H. ( not on base.)

auction 6-16 marble VenusHand-carved  white marble statue of Venus de Milo . Circa 1900, Italy. 35” H.  $2800.00 Beautiful patina of age.