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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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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....

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.

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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!

October 26, 2020


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This amazing creature came to us late last year.  After the very unexpected passing of  our lovely “TAFFY”,  I think the Spirit Guides knew we could not exist without a dog.  Brent and I were waiting for a dog to be sent to us, somehow. This is how we got “Corona” (left at our farm),  followed by “Taffy” , from Angels Animal Rescue in Merritt, BC. When they heard about Taffy’s passing, they knew we would give a fantastic home and life to another dog – one day.
A young girl contacted the rescue in Merritt and said she had to give up her much loved puppy. When asked why, she said that her mother’s old boyfriend was moving back in with them. She explained that he had killed their last dog, wrapped it in barbed wire and hung it from a tree.
Sorry, but you need to know how awful some people are to animals (and girlfriends,I am sure)
They welcomed this new puppy (about 1 year old) , and immediately thought of Tom and Brent and their loss.  My sister, who lives in Merritt, offered to drive the new dog down to meet us. The owner and founder of Angel’s Animal Rescue , Judanna came along and it was love at first sight !
Archie is amazing. He is so loving and sweet, not to mention talkative and playful. He loves the farm, chasing squirrels , investigating the stream (and its beaver dams) and keeping Brent company while I am at the nursery most days. Once Archie is a little older, he will be at the nursery some days . You will love him!

October 21, 2020

AUTUMN PROJECT – our old barn

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Barn 8

We created  this drive entry by extending a few existing trees into a curved arc. The once tiny maples are now hitting their stride . This is Acer rubrum ‘Brandywine’ .
We sourced split rails (recycled old telephone poles, hand-split in Langley into 10′ sections ), and made a fence to follow the drive. The drive is peach-toned gravel.

Barn 6
Brent has been restoring our very old barn on the property . It is a ‘pole barn’ , built with Douglas Fir poles and planks
that our now-deceased very elderly neighbour says would have been milled right on site.
Barn 7


Barn 2
There is still a long way to go. When it is all done, I want to give classes in it.  Making wreaths, designing planted pots , who knows what else.
It would be a great party venue !

October 16, 2020

Experiencing COVID retail madness

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                      None of us knew what was in store as Spring 2020 arrived.  Growers and wholesalers planted their usual crops of hundreds of thousands (millions, actually) of all ‘the usual suspects’ – geraniums, hanging baskets, tomato plants etc.  Then , in March, COVID hit and the world basically froze. Lucky for us, nurseries and garden centres were deemed ‘an essential service’ and were allowed to remain open. People need to grow food, it was decided. And so, with the now familiar ‘social distancing, masks, hand sanitizer etc’ , we plodded along.  The public was trapped at home.  Gardening was a way to fill time and not go crazy. People who had never bought a packet of seeds in their lives were dropping by daily and planning their ‘Victory Garden’. Our sales went through the roof . We were constantly ‘out’ of everything, as the demand was national and the growers were running out of product. It was all of North America, not just Vancouver.  We relied on old relationships with favourite suppliers to get plants. Garden centres were calling each other asking to ‘borrow’ some flats of tomatoes.  It was a panic. We hired anybody who walked by. (I like to give anybody a chance. I have struck gold this way many times). Our staff went from 8 to 28 in days. It was difficult for cars to get down our road, as there were so many people around.  I closed off one-half of our parking spaces in an effort to limit numbers on site. It worked well. Everyone was in a great mood and said repeatedly how happy they were to have a beautiful place to go. We set-up an outdoor cashier, so people could pay in the fresh air and avoid lining up.  This will become permanent.
   The biggest change , I think, is the number of young people dropping by.  They are very serious about houseplants. Through the internet, and sites like ETSY, they are seeking the newest  and rarest . They are like I was 50 years ago ! Going to ‘a club’ is out of the picture now, they already have all the electronics that used to matter, and a Canada Goose jacket means nothing now. The COVID pandemic has had an amazing side effect – a new generation of gardeners is emerging that I am certain would have stayed dormant forever.nurseryCONSTRUCTION

March 22, 2020

WE ARE STILL OPEN as of MARCH 22nd, 2020 !

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Flower lady

We are open daily , every day, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM

We are cleaning constantly, practicing “Social Distancing” and since it is so spacious around here, you should feel OK about dropping by.

It may cheer you up !

August 17, 2018


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May 6, 2018

Our farm – the backstory

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001Our little house in Langley, after the makeover !  The May 2018 issue of Canadian House and Home Magazine has a feature article on our farm in Langley, B.C.

old little house

This is the same house, before Brent and I got hold of it …..

Little house old

It turned out to be two tiny houses  joined together, long ago….

'Corona' age 9

The lovely ‘Corona’ was the very best part of the deal – a tenant left him there !


This was the swimming pool !  Not even ‘ Motel 6′ …. it was green with algae, a plastic liner and a set of dumbells on the bottom…. 


The pool, after its extreme makeover ! It is now only 6′ deep, as we can’t swim !

039My Daylily breeding garden is now mostly bearded Iris.


First bloom seedlings


Daylily Madness


DSCN1179DSC_0050The reason we knew this property was ‘the one’  – the trees !!!! Most properties have no trees at all, having been cleared for horse farms, blueberries etc….



February 24, 2018

I never promised you an antique shop

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                       My love of all things beautiful led me to start buying a few garden antiques, to use just for display items around the nursery.  Everyone wanted to buy them, of course. Nobody would pay what I paid for them (at beyond chic shops in London, England).  This led me to search out sources ‘over there’ that were cheaper. Now I am an addict (as well as to 97 other things). I bring in 2 or more 40′ containers every year of wonderful pieces – and they sell. We have shipped things all over …. L.A., Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg…. but most things sell locally. I am posting here a batch of wonderful things that are now sold and in their new homes, I mean gardens…..Lionsantique bench - new ironLead Urnsauction 6-16 lead putto on columnantique chimpAntique goatsAntiques - iron columnsAntiques - iron basketAuction 6-8-16 Gatesantique square plantersiron urn - finegriffinschairsAntiques - iron urnDreweatts 6-30 2 urnsAntiques - small fountainantique marble tableAntique stone footstoolsAntiques - iron urnsBench Faux Boisauction 6-16 stone girl with garlandgriffinZINC TUBS 2auction 6-16 tall urnantique faux bois urnauction 6-16 copper potAntique lead shellDreweatts 6-30 sundialAnd this is just some of the lovely things …. our next container arrives March 20th, 2018

February 5, 2018


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September 15, 2017

Farm Life

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It has been 9 years since Brent and I moved to a 20 acre farm in Langley, B.C.  I thought it was time to share with you some pictures…. in no particular order. Leaving our much loved and well-publicized ‘ Spanish ‘ home in Vancouver’s Point Grey area was a bold move……but the right move.


iris walkway



BELOW: LAVENDER ‘ HIDCOTE SUPERIOR’ still looks great after 7 years.036


(Currently, I am Morganless)






June 30, 2017

Telus = Death

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I recently had the most incredible (awful) experience with Telus that I have ever had in my 45 years of running my own business. And being their/BC Tel’s customer.

The saga began with an unsolicited Junk Email from Telus promoting their new high speed fibre optic services for small business .   I had been noticing how fast other establishments credit card payment machines were compared to ours, and replied that I was very interested in a speedier way for our customers to pay by credit or debit card. I got an email reply from an employee of Telus’s, and we set up a date and a rate to fix us up.  It sounded great, as Mother’s Day weekend was arriving, and the lineups could be long. We were excited ! On the arranged morning, a very unfriendly technician from LEDCOR arrived to do the job.  It seems this is who they use.  He will never have his own talk show and certainly doesn’t do stand up comedy. A miserable zombie from a far off land.  He opened up our ‘phone boxes in a wall and tore at wires, leaving them hanging. He announced he was done. He left his card and drove away. Thirty seconds later, a customer tried to buy something. Our Visa machines did not work. Panic. Our in house’Loyalty Card’ with our points gathering reward cards did not work.  PANIC !!  A small line started to form.  I instantly phoned the tech guy and got him.  He must have only been two blocks away.  I told him the problem and said he HAS TO come back and fix things immediately.  He said he would not come back. He would need a ‘work order’ to come back.  I reminded him that everything was working that morning until he got here,  and now we were  unable to collect payment etc. He refused to return. I could not believe it. Customers were sympathetic but some had to leave their selections and said they would come back.  We were sitting on a fortune in fresh plants to sell on the busiest weekend of the year and felt helpless and doomed.  Luckily, a ‘new girl’ here said her mom knew a ‘computer geek’ who might help ? So, we called and got him to come from West Van by taxi. Tick,tick,tick… an hour goes by.  He realized that (luckily) our Internet provider was SHAW, not Telus. He and our employee  Gord went up to London Drugs and bought a ‘splitter’ device, some cable and ran our Visa etc through this new cable, bypassing Telus entirely !  It worked !! Yeah !!

Later, I noticed a strange white waffle thing screwed into our wall inside. It was about  a foot square and hooked into our phone box.  It was a completely unasked for ‘WI-FI’ gizmo that Telus put here with no permission from me.  I also found ‘FREE WI-FI’ stickers on our glass doors.  How slimy. This is all they did here, other than screw us up.  If ‘Free Wi-Fi’ was really free, would they have any interest ? I don’t think it is free . Watch your phone bill .

I contacted SHAW, our saviour, and switched everything over to them. They were amazing. Friendly and helpful. I told them in all seriousness that I would gladly do a commercial for them for free.  ’Small business’  is a huge category/revenue stream and my testimony would be true.  Watch for it !

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