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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!

January 20, 2017

A New Year = New Treasures for the garden

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We just unpacked another container of garden antiques from England !  Each piece is chosen by Thomas Hobbs, personally. An item has to be interesting, unique and somewhat affordable to make the journey to Vancouver. Here is a sample of some new pieces, drop by to see the rest !

I liked the simplicity of these English limestone garden benches. They are similar, but not a pair . One is  47″ L x 18″ W x 18″ H , 1800.00 . The other is 45″L x 15″W x 17″ H, $1500.00Antique stone benches

An impressive pair of 19th C hand wrought iron gates.  110″ W x 98″ H  $5500.00 pair.Auction 6-8-16 Gates

A white marble fountain  with a black stone basin .  The re-curved leaf design is beautiful. 55″ x 55″  . Sadly, it came with a big chip on the back of the white basin. Looks fixable. $3,000.00 

antique marble fountain

This hand-carved stone urn is amazing. It is huge ! I wish it could talk….(about Lady Mary?)  68″ H x 22″ base. $4,000.00antique dark stone urn

 antique chimp

I am nuts about this lead chimpanzee. Probably the only one in Canada ….  26″ x 12″ base . $2,995.00. Stone base sold separately.

antique cistern

A lovely lead cistern, usually found at ‘major houses’ where they are used to collect rainwater from down pipes. This is then used to water potted plants on the terrace etc. 30″ x 21″ x 27″ H . $3,000.00 

antique dog

This charming old cast stone dog, probably a Labrador, would make a lovely memorial to a favourite pet. It is  19″ long, and is $1200.00

antique Lutyens bench

We LOVE these  two teak benches, as designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens .  76″ long. $3,000.00

8f88cf85577b32bb7c5a2bc76c3aa4f0    This hand-carved  19thC marble statue of Jesus and a child was vandalized and so removed from a cemetery. So sad. It is beautifully carved (you can see veins in Jesus’s feet) and  called out to me….. 55″ H x 20″ w x 24″D $7500.00

eb2edede6d02417f95b8213798d93ab7    This is a really big sundial !  I have a ‘thing’ for sundials…… and I can imagine this one sitting in the middle of a parterre of herbs and boxwood. The dial itself is a replacement,but suits the 19thC base well.   27″ base x 41″ H .  $3500.00

b20d089d6933428fd5a0c7296c532e6cAnother elegant sundial . Imagine what these ornaments have witnessed over their years….36″ H x 13″ D , with original bronze dial. $3500.00

IMG_8290This copper-clad bust of a nurse is a work of art . Her expressive face must have adorned a Victorian hospital somewhere in England. 26″ x 14′ x 8″ $2995.00

Auction 6-16 Iron entryI bought this 19th C  hand- wrought iron trellis/front porch arbor thinking how great it would be in a local garden. To divide up space, support clematis or add to an existing doorway? It measures  99″W x 91″ H x 22″ D and is $2,000.00

iron urn - fineI am particularly fond of this very unusual cast iron urn . It is 30″ tall, with an 18″ x 18″ base. I hope I get a chance to plant it up, with tufty grasses and bronze-toned sedges…. $2200.00

griffins A wonderful pair of cast iron griffins!  Each measures 22″ x 22″ x 8″ at the widest. Made in England, circa 1900.  $4,000.00 pair. Very ‘Downton Abbey’ ( check out their front door entrance!) Highclere


lead urns with lids  A beautiful and sophisticated pair of lead urns from France, circa 1930. The lids are removable for planting.  They measure 27″ H x 14″ D. $3500.00 pair

stone corbelsWonderful pair of huge carved stone architectural corbels !  Beautiful patina – perfect laying about among succulents …. 29″ x 12″ 12″ . Super heavy. $2500.00 pair.

griffinA spectacular cast stone griffin ! 36″ x 15″ x 30″ . Probably from a demolished cinema….. $2500.00  (SOLD)

December 19, 2016


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033Drop in after Dec. 21st and save 50% on all Christmas decor !

We are open daily from 9:00 – 6 PM , except Dec. 24th, when we will close by 4 PM.

We still have lovely wreaths, candles (scented and unscented) , gorgeous and unique ornaments, micro lights (few), etc.

Christmas plants are also 1/2 price. Come early for best selection !

November 29, 2016

The Trees Are Here (again!)

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img_8027We are well-stocked with top quality Christmas trees for Christmas 2016.  Our  reputation for quality extends to our cut tree offerings – they are the very best. Return customers swear by them, and for good reason. Choose from a selection that has  been vetted already !  There are no dried/half-dead fire hazards here. We also price very competitively – with prices starting at $25.00 , all the way up to $250.00 (14’ tall and already sold out). We are open ’til 6 P.M. (so Dad can come shopping with the family after work !)  7 days a week .

September 3, 2016

BREXIT ! New antiques from England

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             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.

July 17, 2016

July is IRIS time – if you want any!

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Mid-July is the best time to divide/purchase new bearded Iris.  The fleshy roots are called rhizomes, and they like to  be divided often.  The idea is to get them settled in and re-rooted before winter.  I have really gotten ‘into’ them at our farm, and am selling them now at the nursery. Some of these varieties cost me U.S. $30.00 – $50.00 each  just 2 or 3 years ago…..  come and get them now for $4.99 each, 6 for $20.00 (Canadian!) Shown below is the spectacular ‘RIO ROJO’

iris rio rojo

iris spring madness

iris high octane


iris adoree

‘ADOREE’ (above)


the most wonderful Iris of all ,  New York fashion icon, Iris Apfel.

March 15, 2016

The Real Cactus Club

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IMG_4362We have a fantastic selection of Cacti and Succulents in stock right now.These houseplants are virtually carefree. They require bright light (think desert…) and very little water. In a less-than-perfect environment (ie: too dark) they slowly stretch and eventually give up and die. So, give them good light !

Lithops (below),are one of the strangest of all plant families. Commonly known as ‘Living Stones’, these are true mimics of the real rocks they grow (and hide) in. Native to  parts of Africa, these little novelties have evolved a way to survive grazing animals by becoming invisible ! IMG_4366Grafted cacti  (below) are also interesting oddities to collect. The upper portion is grafted onto a host stem that produces food for both portions. 
Mature cacti produce spectacular flowers ! In the photo below, you can see a large white flower emerging from the spiny specimen in the centre of the picture.IMG_4363

February 20, 2016


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002Our roses are potted up and starting to sell. Some are in short supply, we may have only gotten five of several varieties .

All are $34.95 (Canadian), which is about U.S. $24.95……just sayin’….

Here is what we have. (March 1st, 2016). Some could be sold out by the time you get here….so hurry. If the rose you want is not listed here, we cannot get it this year.

Three out of four of our rose suppliers have gone out of business recently.

Climbers  are in  Bold Type

    About Face,  Always and Forever,  Barbra Streisand,  Bella’roma,  Blue Girl,  Brandy,  Bride’s Dream,  Ch-Ching,  Chicago Peace,  Chrysler Imperial,  Coretta Scott King,  Double Delight,  Easy Does It,   Electron,Elizabeth Taylor,  Firefighter,  First Prize,  Fragrant Cloud,  Full Sail,  Heirloom,  Henry Fonda,  Honor,   Hot Cocoa ,  Hotel California, I n The Mood,  John F. Kennedy,  Julia Child,   Just Joey, ‘Livin Easy,    Love,  Love and Peace,   Love’s Magic,  Marilyn Monroe , Melody Perfume,  Midas Touch,  Miss Congeniality,   Mister Lincoln,  Moonstone,  Neil Diamond,   Neptune,  New Zealand, Octoberfest,  Olympiad,  Opening Night,  Oregold,  Over the Moon,  Paradise,  Peace,  Perfect Moment,  Perfume Delight,  Pink Peace,  Pope John Paul II ,  Radiant Perfume,  Remember Me,  Royal Amethyst, Sedona,   Smokin’ Hot,  St Patrick, Stainless Steel, Sugar Moon, Summer Love, Sunset Celebration, Sunstruck,   Take It Easy,  Tropicana, Angel Face, Distant Drums, Drop Dead Red, Iceberg, Ketchup and Mustard, Koko Loko, Moondance, Playboy, Pumpkin Patch, Sally Holmes, Sexy Rexy, America,  Cecille Brunner, Don Juan, Dublin Bay, Golden Showers, Iceberg, Joseph’s Coat, New Dawn,  Above All, America, Autumn Sunset, Blaze, , Pearly Gates, New Dawn, Royal Gold, Stormy Weather, Top of the World, Westerland, White Dawn, Zephirine  Drouhin, Bonica, Therese Bugnet, Rosa rugosa , Rosa rugosa alba, Hansa, Frau Dagmar Hartopp, Blanc double de Coubert,  R. rubrifolia (glauca)


Images of all are available at www.davidaustinroses.com

Carding Mill , Crocus Rose, Darcy Bussell, Dark Lady, Eglantyne, Evelyn, Falstaff,  Gertrude Jekyll, Golden Celebration, Graham Thomas, Heathcliff, Heritage, James Galway, Lady of Shalott, Lark Ascending, Lichfield Angel, Munstead Wood, Olivia Rose, Poet’s Wife, Port Sunlight, Strawberry Hill, Teasing Georgia, Tranquility, Winchester Cathedral, Wisley

001-1A five year old plant of David Austin’s ‘Teasing Georgia’ at my farm gate in Langley, B.C.

January 16, 2016

Brave New Hellebores

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Hellebore 2016-1

We have a large selection of blooming, locally grown Hellebores in stock right now. These super hardy (Zone 5 =  Toronto) early blooming perennials do well in pots, tubs, or in the open garden. Happy in sun or shade , where you can expect blooms for the next four or more months.  Most are about $19.99 in a one gallon pot, full of blooms!Hellebore 2016Upward-facing blooms have always been a major goal in hybridization….. here they are !

Hellebore 16-2We are filling up our benches with appropriate, cold tolerant plants for those who need to get planting ! Forced (but cool grown) Spring bulbs, small evergreen shrubs and Hellebores can transform shmaggy ( a Tom word) pots into attractive little Spring gardens !

December 7, 2015

Tillandsias are hot !

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010Tillandsias are the ‘AIR PLANTS’ you see for sale everywhere lately. The are a huge family of epiphytes  (not parasites) that perch on narrow twigs (even on hydro lines) in their native Mexico and Central America. Their seeds are delivered by wind and stick on airy perches, where they derive moisture and minerals from rain, fog and occasional bird droppings. They ask for very little!  Here I have enclosed them in a wire cage, with a bit of moss for a go-anywhere Christmas gift idea @ $30.00 complete.

December 2, 2015


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December is here and we can finally not feel strange about seeing so much Christmas’ in the stores.  We have a very ‘HOBBS’ selection of lights and trims in the nursery now. It is  reminiscent  of the glory days of my nearly 40 years on West 41st Ave in Kerrisdale.  For those who miss my old stores, ( and Kerrisdale itself…) you will recognize many brands now for sale at the nursery . You have to come check us out !  We are open every day from 9-6.002 Little skiing hedgehogs are all handmade , with little knitted scarves, sweaters and toques. Six different types, $20.00 each

010These light spheres can be hung in trees, or sat on a table/buffet to make a stunning show!

They come in three sizes : 10″ (95.00) 8″ (75.00) and 6″ (50.00)  For indoors or out

012We currently have eight colours to choose from, including a multi-coloured one !


These wooden snowflakes (below) are all cut by laser and then glittered in tasteful colours.  They are very lightweight, and come in  a nice wooden box.  $36.00 for 12 snowflakes.


If you don’t have room for a big tree, consider these nostalgic reproduction glitter trees, shown below .  I remember having these  growing up  as a child in Winnipeg . A previous owner had left three in a cupboard in a large house we lived in, and I was not yet in grade one. I vividly remember finding them in a basement ‘playroom’, and my young, beauty-thirsty brain was thrilled ! We have more types than shown here, and prices range from $12.99 to $45.00


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