TOM SPEAKS
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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....

SOUTHLANDS NURSERY
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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.

STORE INFO
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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!

TOM SPEAKS
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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....

JUST IN
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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.

FAVOURITES
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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.

DAYLILIES
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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!

ORDERING
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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.

BOOKS & PRESS
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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!

March 20, 2013

A GIFT TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

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WOW !!  Just the other day, my great friend and Irish gardening legend Helen Dillon was in Vancouver giving a talk to the Master Gardeners ! We were invited to dinner with her, and I was to pick her up at her hotel and bring her to the house. I decided to take ‘the scenic route’ to the dinner,and drove us through Shaughnessy, Vancouver’s oldest and nicest neighbourhood. We all screamed with delight at the corner of Matthews and Alexandra  streets, where this incredible boulevard planting of crocus was just about to close-up for the night. The simplicity of using just two colours is what makes it work. If yellow had been included, it would look too ‘Eastery’ . When the crocus are finished, the grass will be mown and the bulbs will rest til next year. It is the best example of this any of us has ever seen.  It could also be done with snowdrops, narcissus , little scillas or chionodoxas. These smaller bulbs are suited to planting in grass as their season is early and they won’t look messy later as they are dormant and out of the way of lawn mowers !  If you are out of garden space , think about the boulevard as a fresh canvas and plant your own gift to the neighbourhood !

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