In a flawed attempt at garden crafting, amateurs often construct a scarebee to deter pesky pollinators from cross-contaminating precious thoroughbred plants. Cultivate gardens more prudently with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of plants and gardening supplies at Southlands Nursery.
Southlands Nursery stocks a wide and diverse array of plants and gardening accessories carefully selected and tended by a green-thumbed staff. Specializing in hard-to-find photosynthesizers, the nursery’s expansive seasonal stock can include such rarities as the double-flowered trillium, whose dainty, double-decker blossoms are the honeybees' answer to the double cheeseburger ($49.99). Favourite standbys also display a distinctive flair, such as the nursery’s giant lily bulbs, which approximate the size of grapefruits ($20 for four). Meanwhile, custom-made, 100 per cent organic screened topsoil stands ready to serve as home to botanical wares ($8.99 for 30-litre bag). Customers can also outfit their grounds with outdoor accessories such as solar-powered, hanging fabric lanterns available in 10 colourful designs ($29.99 each) or hand-crocheted chimney cozies. The nursery’s knowledgeable plant gurus and owner Thomas Hobbs, who has published two books on gardening, dole out complimentary coffee and helpful advice amid picturesque surroundings boasting architectural delights, such as a 110-year-old greenhouse from England.