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From August 29th until February15th we are open Tuesday through Saturday. We will be closed Sundays and Mondays.

9:00am -4:30pm

Fall shipping: We are now taking orders for fall shipping. We ship from October 25th until November 13th. ( we do not ship from November 13-November 23) Shipping resumes November 24th onward.

We have a great selection of perennials , trees , shrubs, groundcovers, fruit, flowering and nut trees year round as well as the plants listed on our site. So come visit the nursery.


Welcome to Fraser's Thimble Farms website. We are a mail order nursery that specialises in rare, unusual and native plants. A few of our specialties include North American native plants; Hardy Orchids, especially Cypripediums (Lady Slippers), and Hardy Ferns. We ship within Canada and the United States (other countries by special arrangement). Please browse our website or PDF catalogue for a look at the many unique and beautiful plants we offer.

Our pages are often long so please scroll down to view the complete listing. Our nursery is located on SaltSpring Island, the largest of B.C's Gulf Islands. We have over 3 acres of nursery stock including many plants not listed on the website. We are open to the public and our hours are at the bottom of this page. We look forward to helping you create a beautiful garden full of treasures from around the world.

 Welcome to our 2015 catalogue


 We have added many new plants this year including new Arisaemas, Hardy Orchids, Cypripediums, Japanese perennials, natives and Japanese Hepaticas.   We will be having four events at the nursery including Helleborganza,  our Yukiwariso Festival  (Hepatica Festival), Growing Native and Orchidmania ( hardy orchids). We will also be offering some workshops. See our events page on the website for more details and the events page of Facebook.  If you have not been to our facebook page we encourage you to do so as that is where we post many of our images of new plants (there are hundreds already online).   Spring is showing signs of an early arrival as the Hellebores are pushing their flower buds forth and we are truly encouraged by the number of budded plants we see.  Hopefully winter won’t arrive late like last year. We will be going to Japan again this winter to look for more plants, particularly Hepaticas and will be creating a Hepatica Club of sorts. If you are interested, go to our facebook page or email us for details or go to:  http://www.thimblefarms.com/japaneseplants.html
Our first major event in 2014 will be ‘Helleborganza’(Hellebores), February 13th-March 31st .  Helleborganza is our celebration of hellebores and other early blooming perennials including species snowdrops, winter aconites, adonis, double hepaticas and bulbocodium to name a few.  This year we have good price reductions on many of the best hellebores and some blanket discounts will be offered at the event. We are absolutely hellebore crazy and love to see the reaction of people (especially those new to hellebores) when they see the incredible diversity in both blooms and foliage at a time of year when we can all use more colour in our gardens.  We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the dedicated hellebore breeders around the world who have toiled over the last twenty odd years to bring us so many fine plants.  We have more than doubled the number of bloom sized plants available.  The event will run over a month this year as every day more and more plants come into bloom.  As we did last year, we will also offer an assortment of smaller and larger plant sizes.  Please see our website, www.thimblefarms.com for mouth watering pictures.  We will be adding new plants through the year on the new plants page on the website.
Our next event, March 27th – April 14th will be our second Yukiwariso  festival, a celebration of hepaticas.  In mid-march we will post an update on the events pages as to the best time to visit for this event.  I encourage those interested to look at our events page and our Japanese hepatica page.

Our third event will be ‘Growing Native’ (Native Plants), May 1st-7th  and we will offer 20% off native plants during this week. This event is designed to feature and promote the use of native plants.  We grow a vast array of Pacific Northwest and North American native plants. This year we’ll be hosting the event in our growing area and hopefully we’ve timed it to catch the peak of the blooming season for many of our favourite wildflowers.  Check the events page on our website.
Our fourth event held in conjunction with  ‘Growing Native’  is ‘Orchidmania’.  The number of hardy ground orchids has exploded and we would like gardeners to become more familiar with these beauties.  The hybrids are very easy to grow and make a valuable and unique addition to the garden.  We also have many species for the purist, some of which are easy to grow and some are not.   All ground orchids will be 10% off during this week.  We will also be holding classes during Orchidmania on how to grow and care for your hardy orchids. The Fee will be $50.00 for the class and at the end of the class you will receive a $50.00 voucher for use on the purchase of Hardy Orchids.  Find out all you need to know on how to grow these hardy garden orchids and ask as many question as you like.
 We would like to offer a PDF version of the catalogue via email as well as occasional emails about new offerings.  If you would like to receive these emails please see the instructions on page two.
New plants will be posted on our Facebook page as well as a new page on our web site called ‘New Plants’ before being posted in the main listing of the website.  This way we will be able to post new plants throughout the year. 

 There are new plant introductions scattered throughout the catalogue in almost every group of plants we grow.   Please keep in mind we have thousands more plants available at the nursery, so if possible, come and visit us.
We would like to thank our customers, staff and suppliers for a great year and we’re looking forward to a fantastic 2015,

Thank you, Richard and Nancy Fraser


Native and North American Native (N.A. Native) plants are indicated as such. Native means plants that are indigenous to the Pacific Northwest; which for our purposes is defined as Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Northern California. In most cases; however, the plants are native to British Columbia. Plant height (Ht.) or occasionally flower height (Fl.Ht.) is given next in our descriptions, followed by hardiness zone (Z). Most of coastal B.C. is zone 8; the Gulf Islands and most of Victoria are zone 9. To determine what zone you are in, refer to the table on page 2 and remember that the temperatures listed are the twenty year, annual low temperature range in Celsius or Fahrenheit. They are not the absolute low for the zone.

      As all plants are container grown, we state pot size along with plant prices to give an indication of the size of the plant, which will vary depending on species. Pot sizes are standard nursery pots; 1gal = 1gallon pot etc. Prices listed are F.O.B. our farm. Shipping and mail order information is at the back of the catalogue.

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We are open 7days a week until August 29th. 9:00am -4:30pm From August 29th until February 15th we are open Tuesday through Saturday. We will be closed Sundays and Mondays through Fall and Winter.

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