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!

June 17, 2014

Some enchanted evening……

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 6:26 am

Just the other day (mid-June), I arrived at our Langley farm after the 45 minute drive from the nursery in Vancouver. It was about 7:30 PM, and the light was softening as the sun was getting lower in the western sky. WOW ! The garden outside our fence looked fantastic. In only six years, it has knit together and offers lots of inspiration for foliage-driven planting. I never dreamt it would look so good.

DSCN1257  I rushed into the house, grabbed a camera and started clicking away. The magic moments of special light are fleeting, and you have to act fast. The star of this photo is Stipa gigantea, the amazing grass on the left. This scene stealer is about 10′ across, 6′ tall and thrives on neglect. It sits on a carpet of  ’lamb’s ear’, Stachys byzantina. This old-fashioned perennial is one of my most-used and favourite  ’garden tricks’ plants. It  looks great as a foil to something above or nearby. Berberis ‘Rose Glow’ is the purple shrub that I only recently started to appreciate. Very hardy and disease-free, this thorny beauty adds punch to the scene.

DSCN1267

I used the wonderful ‘Sally Holmes’ shrub rose repeatedly in this garden. I love its ‘country look’ , with single white flowers that have a mother-of-pearl finish on their petals. No fuss, just beauty. And wouldn’t you know it? This was the least popular rose we sold this year. Every other rose sold….and Sally sits there, in perfect bloom . Go figure.

Below is a photo of the entry garden in 2008. I was just starting to plant it, with Corona our wonderful dog supervising.

Farm April 08 and moving plants !! 006

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