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 2014 catalogue
This is our first paperless version. We have a broad array of new plants in Hellebores, Cypripediums, asian perennials, natives and Japanese Hepaticas. We have also dramatically increased the number of plants at the nursery. We will be having more events at the nursery including Helleborganza, Growing Native and a new one, a Yukiwariso Festival (Hepatica Festival). 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). As I write this introduction it looks as though spring might come early as the Hellebores are pushing their flower buds forth and we are truly encouraged by the number of budded plants we see. We will be going to Japan this winter to look for more plants, particularly Hepaticas. We will be creating a Hepatica Club of sorts so if you are interested, go to our facebook page or email us for details.
Our first major event in 2014 will be ‘Helleborganza’(Hellebores), February 14th-March 16th. 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. We’ve clearly become hellebore crazy as do most people 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. Last year the display of blooms at Helleborganza was impressive and the event itself was a stunning success. We are extremely excited about the plants this year and our new introductions. We have more than doubled the number of bloom sized plants. For the first time we will see many varieties bloom that we’ve only seen pictures of. 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.
Our second event March 15th – 23rd will be our first Yukiwariso festival, a celebration of hepaticas. 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 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 another great year.
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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