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We are currently cleaning the Nursery after the wind storm of Dec 20th when we are done and completed our inventory we will post the 2019 Listings ( Feb 1st we hope) We are open Tuesday- Saturday( 5 days a week) from August 28th until March1st. We are closed Sunday and Mondays. Come to the Nursery and see what we have.


Hours: 9:00am-4:30pm daily to september 1st

Shipping Notice: We will be taking order from Feb7th onwards.

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 2018 catalogue


 We have been working hard all fall and winter cleaning , dividing, potting and inventorying plants to get ready for spring. We have a smattering of new plants throughout the nursery including Hostas, Hepaticas, Hellebores, Peonies and many more to add to our selection in the coming months, if mother nature cooperates. We made it through another dry summer and would again like to thank all those who have shown support for our water issues, particularly the Friends of Thimble Farm. We were able to add an additional 15,000 gallons of storage due to their efforts. We spent a good deal of time propagating this last year and will soon start seeing an increase in seed grown offers. For example, a great selection of new species primulas was sown so now we hope for good germination and will add them to the new plants list as they are ready.

Our first major event in 2018 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. 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.


 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 (not listed on the website) including a huge selection of nursery stock, annuals, hanging baskets and one of the most diverse offerings of food producing plants anywhere.
We would like to thank our customers, staff and suppliers for a great year and we’re looking forward to a fantastic 2018,

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 5 days a week From September 1st to march 1st. 9:00am -4:30pm. We will be closed Sundays and Mondays through Fall and Winter. From March 1st to August 31st we will be open 7days a week

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

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