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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!

June 22, 2013

Lessons about Colour

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 4:58 pm

P1020098Creating visual interest with foliage is often just as attractive (or even more so) than using ‘flowers’ . The choice of colours is more subtle, but gives a sophistication that most flowers lack. In this dry-ish area under some huge trees, I planted three annuals – the lovely silver Plectranthus argentatus. Behind them, I put three perennial Cimicifuga (now known as Actaea) ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ for height. These hardy gems produce very fragrant spires of white flowers in the early autumn. I love their scent – very Hippie Shop in my brain’s memories. Up front, I used a mixture of hardy Sedums. The dark, shiny one is my favourite -‘Postman’s Pride’. The mauve/green one is ‘Purple Emperor’. I am noticing lots of seedlings appearing from this plant. They are all quite mauve and I am just letting them  go where they want to. These plants flatter each other and  are equals in the interest department. By using just two shades, the result is calming and different than neighbouring sections of this large island bed.

Pink is not one of ‘my’ colours. I was surprised to find this pretty moment in my own garden the other day….an accident Mother Nature approved of. The peony is ‘Chiffon Clouds’ from Song Sparrow Nursery in the U.S. They ship to Canada and have the best tree and herbaceous peonies I know of. The fluffy pink spire is from a Rodgersia aesculifolia I planted for its early foliage, which is dark chestnut brown. There are several dark brown cultivars in the trade, but they do ‘green-up’ as the season progresses. The airy little white flowers are from Gillenia trifoliata. This is a plant worth finding ! It is very very hardy, being a native to America’s Eastern woods. It doesn’t spread at all. An undemanding cutie that blooms for months and mingles well in any situation. What I like about all these plants is that they are a bit uncommon, but not hard to grow. Quite the opposite, actually. I think annuals like Alyssum and Petunias are harder to keep looking good than any of these examples. The longer you garden, the more you unconsciously seek a new thrill by combining the unexpected – often to better effect than you ever dreamed of !


June 18, 2013

Wasn’t That A Party !!

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 10:59 pm

The  HARDY PLANT STUDY WEEKEND is an annual event that moves around the Pacific Northwest, from Portland, to Seattle, to Eugene, to Victoria or to Vancouver. This year it was here and we provided the venue for  the wind-up party at the nursery last Saturday night , June 15th . It was a gorgeous evening, with great food by our favourite caterers – Crown St. Catering.  On a large barbecue grill,  Crown St. co-owner Ingrid prepared salmon and beef tenderloin for 220 people !  Later on, we revealed a killer desert buffet by Vancouver’s fab BUTTER BAKERY ! It didn’t take long for nearly 1,000 deserts to disappear !


A huge tent provided seating for most of the crowd. You never know if it is going to rain…… and it didn’t !

054We emptied some of our plant tables for the yummy buffet

048 We could have sold twice as many tickets, but we don’t have enough space….. it was sold out last February !

043 Wines by B.C.’s own renowned HESTER CREEK WINERY were served by hand-picked bartenders !  Tom Fischer of Portland
and Richie Steffan of Seattle  were joined by some of Southlands loyal staff , namely Grant Robinson and Gord Davidson. Ex-Southlander Tyler Merkel
returned to keep these guys in line. Next year, the event will be in Seattle and I can’t wait to see all these plant friends again !

057  YUMMY !  

June 1, 2013

Tom is ‘Speaking’ July 21st, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 12:37 am

 I will be giving a presentation in Vancouver on my new garden !!

Lots of people have asked me about it and this is going to be a fun event . 

I rarely speak in Vancouver and look forward to sharing my new dream garden with a local audience .

It is part of  THE PERENNIAL PLANT ASSOCIATION 2013 Symposium and you can come !  

AN ALL-DAY EVENT all about PLANTS !!!!

WHERE : Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel

1088 Burrard St.,

 Vancouver, BC


When:  Sunday, July 21st, 2013


Time: first speaker is at 8:30 AM ( the fabulous David Culp of Pennsylvania)

(  I am on at 11 AM )

COST : $99.00 for the day . YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER to attend.

HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE —————– go to   and pay by credit card

email them if you need to at .

Gary at Phoenix Perennials in Richmond, BC  has been the organizer and you may have questions etc he could answer (?)