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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!

January 13, 2014

Life, as we knew it……

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 12:00 am



  Across the street from our nursery, January, 2014 . There is another FOR SALE sign at the top of hill, and one behind me when I took this photo.

The real estate market in Vancouver is truly insane. There cannot be another city, anywhere, with more people ‘cashing out’ and leaving their gardens behind. It is not a good thing, because nearly every transaction results in a massacre of not only the house, but the garden and every tree possible. It is unbelievable. Neil Young sang about ‘The needle and the damage done – every junkie’s like a setting sun’. Here, every FOR SALE sign is like a setting sun. Bye bye garden, bye bye customers. The new house will be sold and ‘landscaped’ , and very often left unoccupied. How? Why? Can you guess?  If you do not live in Vancouver, you probably cannot guess. It all comes to getting cash out of China. It is that simple. What were once ‘Marcus Welby M.D.’/'Donna Reed’ neighbourhoods are now terrifying strips of copper domes, glass blocks, etched glass and Tudor lanterns. Gated, paved, with security cameras and nobody home. Hundreds of millions of dollars have landed here. Trillions of dollars have left China. You would think this is a good thing; marvelous in fact . Maybe, if you are selling lighting fixtures. For the nursery industry, and horticulture in general in my area, it is an obliterating tsunami that pays it way. As an example, a friend of mine listed their modest house on a 66′ lot at an optimistic 1.9 million . In any other city, it would have been 300,000.00, but Vancouver is different. She had eight offers before the listing actually listed, and accepted 2.8 million, all cash , no subjects. There were two offers exactly like this.  Today, the house sits empty, the much-loved garden abandoned . Just like mine.

 Below : The new Vancouver look.  Note the chandelier ?