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Shipping: We are now taking orders for Fall and Winter shipping! We ship from , October 22nd- November 2 then from November 15-December 15th (No shipping from November 2nd- November14th)

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 2016 catalogue



 We have made many new and exciting additions to our plant offerings this year, arisaemas, disporums, polygonatums, primulas, dwarf hostas and hepaticas to name a few. We will have an ever increasing selection of hepaticas available at the nursery, both European and Japanese forms. We’ll have a good selection of hepaticas that can be chosen in bloom at the nursery this year. We are also developing hundreds of new cultivars that you will soon be able to order or pick in bloom for future availability.  At this point it looks like spring is going to come early. We have hellebores, the first hepaticas, cyclamen, scoliopus, witch hazels and sarcococca all starting to bloom the first week in January as well as adonis, edgeworthia and many others starting to push their flower buds. This year we will have four events: Helleborganza, our Yukiwariso (hepatica) festival, Growing Native and Orchidmania. Watch the website (events page) or go to our facebook page for details, including the best bloom timing especially for the Yukiwariso festival. The website lists only a small portion of what is available at the Nursery.

 Our first major event in 2016 will be ‘Helleborganza’(Hellebores), February 12th-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.   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. This year we have increased our numbers in the varieties and strains we believe have the best flower colour and put on the best show, like the Winter Jewels strains. Discounts and specials will be offered at the nursery at this time.

Our next event, March 15th (?) – April 14th will be our Yukiwariso  festival, a celebration of hepaticas.  We would really like to encourage people to look at some of the images on our facebook page that show the incredible diversity in this group.  Timing of this event is hard so in mid-march we will post an update on the events pages as to the best time to visit.  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.
We would like to thank our customers, staff and suppliers for a great year and we’re looking forward to a fantastic 2016,

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 12th we are open Tuesday through Saturday. We will be closed Sundays and Mondays through Fall and Winter.

We are unable to accept phone orders
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