For those who are visiting Vancouver for the first time, Southlands can come as quite a surprise. There, down the hill from Southwest Marine, are horses and miniature ponies clomping about the streets. Busy barns, unassuming bungalows and gigantic mansions front bales of hay and riding rings.
Southlands Nursery has been part of this country-in-the-city community since 1991. Sitting at its helm are the well-known plant and flower guru, Thomas Hobbs, and his partner in life and in business, Brent Beattie. Together, they have created a beautiful indoor/outdoor site which is as striking for its thoughtful vignettes as its unusual and exotic plant choices.
Hobbs – author of Shocking Beauty and The Jewel Box Garden – is meticulous in choosing and displaying his plants. Though certainly not the cheapest nursery in town, Southlands does offer plants at a range of price points.
As the May urge to garden hits, it’s a great place to visit for creative gardening inspiration and advice from the resident experts.
Written by Elizabeth Newton