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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!

March 17, 2010

Rhodo Rarities Arrived

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 1:03 am

websitemagazines1 171        WOW -  In the 19 years that I have been running this nursery, we have never had rhododendrons like we have right now.  With many trips to Oregon under my belt, it just never ever happened. We would locate them, and growers would promise them, but we would never actually get them. This year we did it !  The most incredible (to me, anyway) is our Rhododendrom macabeanum batch.  The foliage is enormous , you’ll notice it in the photo . These spectacular plants do  get big, but it is fairly slow. So, don’t panic about eventual size…. we’ll all be gone by then.  Visit UBC and Van Dusen and you’ll marvel at these tree-like rhodos…. the foliage is fabulous and so are the enormous flower clusters.  R. macabeanum flowers are soft yellow, with a purple blotch.  We also have R. sinogrande in stock.  This fabulous species has huge foliage and giant flower clusters of pale cream, each blossom stained with a crimson blotch. 
             R. augustinii is here, for the third time only, in almost 20 years. This species is available in three named forms (‘Electra’,'Tower Court’ and ‘Blue Cloud’) . R. augustinii is a scene stealer . An upward growing, twiggy shrub with blue to mauve flowers in airy clusters. If you ever walk towards the very back of Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver in May,  you will be stunned by the grove they have of this beauty.  
       R. calophytum is here.  A giant amongst rhodos, with giant clusters of white (or pink) flowers, each with a blotch of dark pigment in the throat of every flower.  I have to have a few for myself…. I just saw these in bloom at Van Dusen (on March 15th, 2010) and was completely reborn right infront of them !  I am not kidding.
          Other species in stock right now  include:
R. forrestii
R. megeratum
R. rigidum
R. yakushimanum  – straight species
R. beanianum
R. cilipinense ……
     and then there are all the hybrids, too !!!  lots of yummy yellows and peach tones, my faves .
                    Shop now before the word gets out !!  We only have 3 of some varieties ….. 20 of others….

     Some of these  species Rhodos. may be sold out by the time you get here …… but we  have many choice other  rhodos.  and a whole nursery full of other well-selected and irresistible plants. Podophyllums, Trilliums, Epimediums, Primulas, Anemone nemerosa cultivars….. peonies…..

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