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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....

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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 25, 2010

I Love The Nightlife

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DSC_0412DSC_0421DSC_0413DSC_0397   Hosting the Winter Olympics has been a mixed blessing for those of us who live in Vancouver and aren’t really ‘into’ sports.  Annoying street closures, loss of parking entirely in many areas, billions of dollars spent, etc. 
   Somewhat amazingly, though, the creative brain has not been left abandoned !  I absolutely love the nightly ‘light show’ …… and the wacky fireballs at Robson Square. Have a look at these pictures , taken by our own longtime Southlands employee Richard Sehmer.DSC_0395

February 12, 2010

Olympics Mania

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   Wow -  what a difference a torch makes. Yesterday, the Olympic torch ran through Kerrisdale, where our other store ‘HOBBS’ is. It was insane. Our quiet little strip of retail became a scene from ‘The Day of The Locust’ (one of my favourite movies, ever) . Thousands of people clogged the street and then, as if by magic, vaporized. It was all so nothing, so very Peggy Lee . It was interesting to see so many people buy absolutely nothing while they were in the neighbourhood.  In fact, February 2010 was the worst February our Kerrisdale store has ever had. That means 20 years of Februaries.  The weather was mostly exceptionally nice….., but people seemed to either be away or fixated on the Olympics. 
    I did find it interesting to have concrete proof of how people can be manipulated…. to attend/buy/worship/kill………garden?

February 7, 2010

Goodbye, Global TV

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Some people might wonder where I am on the Saturday Morning News on Global BCTV. I have lost count of how many years I was on the show, but it is nearly 20.
I only had 5 minutes a week, and tried to show how easy something was to do…..from repotting an orchid to dividing peonies…I taped about 1000 segments!!!
Some of you might know that I am very concerned with Vancouver Park Board’s horrifying decision to close the spectacular Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park. I cannot let them. You must not let them. So, I arranged to meet a Global cameraman there and film a 5 minute segment inside the wonderful dome. We did film a segment, and I used my opportunity to let my ”fans” know what a wonderful treasure we might lose. I explained how they might help (donate to The Friends of the Bloedel , mailing cheques to us c/o this nursery), complain to our city council and so on. I was very calm and made a point of not naming names, trashing our park board (which was difficult), or being political in any way. 
I was informed that Global would not show my piece. I wondered why….. I still wonder why.  Any ideas out there ?
As it was Friday afternoon, there was no way to tape any other segment for Saturday morning, and I told them that if they did not show my Bloedel segment they need never call me again.
They did not show it.

So, my TV stint is over. I want to thank all the nice people who always stop me and tell me how much they like(d) my ‘show’. My favourites were always the most unexpected ….the bikers in Fort Langley, the seniors at Safeway, the guy fixing the road… I am glad you learned a little bit about plants and beauty from tuning in all those years.
I hope you come visit me at the nursery someday . But even more important, go visit the Bloedel conservatory and bring your friends, too !!  It is by showing an increase and interest in attendance that will save the Bloedel, as all our elected enemies care about is money.