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We open January 5th

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:00am-4:30pm Website will be update early Feb 2020. Shipping will begin Sept 1st 2020


Full Covid -19 self distancing rules in place, Stay 6 ft or more away from everybody at all times . All carts and commonly touched surfaces are disinfected daily and Visa machine after each use. Touch only what you buy. Please be patient and polite while in the nursery.

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 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 are no longer shipping in the spring, we will only be shipping in the fall and winter, so please come visit. Please browse our website or PDF catalogue for a look at the many unique and beautiful plants we offer. We have many more plants at the nursery than we can list so it is worth a visit.

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 2019-2020 catalogue


Welcome to our 2019-2020 catalogue.

       Well 2019 was a fantastic year with more people visting the Nursery than normal. It was also a very challenging year with injuries and staff shortages and this continues. We will likely not been taking any more mail orders for the spring of 2020. We will post a notice if this changes. We encourage those that can to come and visit the nursery as it is full speed ahead here. We are keeping our offerings the same as 2019 and hope to put out an addition some time in early March. We are actively looking to hire two more people so if you are looking for employment please contact us.


Our first major event in 2020 will be ‘Helleborganza’(Hellebores), March 1st-March 31st. Helleborganza is our celebration of hellebores and other early blooming perennials including species snowdrops, flowering cherry trees, Adonis and double hepaticas to name a few. We expect an excellent display from our hepaticas this season as we had great growth last year. 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. 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 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. 

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.

Hours of Operation:

We are open 7 days a week until June 30th. We will be Closed July 1st and August 3rd as well as Sundays through July and August. We will be closed Sundays and Mondays through Fall and Winter.

We are unable to accept phone orders
Voice 250-537-5788

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