At Southlands Nursery -- a garden center in Vancouver, British Columbia -- co-owners Thomas Hobbs and Brent Beattie sell rare and unusual plants, handcrafted pots and planters, and historic ornaments that reflect their passion for horticulture and innovative garden design. Suited for the city's mild climate, Southlands' diverse plant collection ranges from exotic aquatic plants and succulents like silvery-toned Echeveria, to familiar classics such as daylilies and marigolds. Displayed in unusual settings such as a converted Victorian greenhouse and Wardian cases (terraria), each combination of plants is accompanied by informative signs, creating what Thomas and Brent refer to as charming vignettes that help make gardening a more accessible, aesthetic experience.
Learn more about Southlands Nursery. Thomas Hobbs's "Shocking Beauty: Thomas Hobbs' Innovative Garden Vision" is available on Amazon.