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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!

July 27, 2011

Vision’s Vision

Filed under: Uncategorized — @ 11:21 pm

Who voted for this ?  Pity the poor residents of Vancouver, as we have been taken hostage by an idiotic city council that is causing great (and possibly irreversible) damage to everything they touch. For readers who may not live here, you cannot imagine the rapid  decline in the quality of our public boulevards, parks and even the beaches.
There is a directive from someone at city hall to not mow , weed, water or even pretend to maintain our many boulevards and big chunks of parks. Supposedly, it is a ‘cost-cutting’ idea. Hmmmm….I thought we paid property taxes for a reason. With an incredible building boom happening here, the city coffers have a never-ending bonanza of cash pouring in and should not be ‘cost-cutting’ at all.
Some people already know about our last minute salvation of the fabulous Bloedel Conservatory, which very nearly closed a year ago. This ‘cost-saving’ was pegged at 250,000.00 a year. At the same time, it was no problem to find 25 million dollars for ‘temporary’  bike lanes that are widely despised and completely vacant anytime I’ve ever seen them.  I am not kidding.
People visiting Vancouver expect to see a tidy, modern city, full of parks and ‘English-style’ hedges and green lawns.  They used to. They liked it. You only get one chance to make a first impression.
Now, a weedy, skunk-infested weed patch waits to announce that the spirit of pride in our neighbourhoods has been snuffed out, en masse.
Even worse  (for me) is the fact that I voted for this council. I am horrified at what these few people have forced upon this city .  The latest concept to launch from the Romper Room mentality of our civic daycare is to grow wheat in your front yard.

Nice for the rats and mice that you can’t poison anymore.