Native Garden Nursery
Main Road, Makaraka, Gisborne, Phone: 06 868 4483, Fax: 06 868 4458, Email:, Web:

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Project Crimson

Native Garden Nursery supports Project Crimson in their efforts to preserve our Pohutukawa for future generations.

About Native Garden Nursery

Our Beginnings

Native Garden Nursery has been owned and operated by Nigel and Lana Hope since October 1995. The business was first set up as Matawhero Nursery Ltd, having taken over a nursery site operated by the Wildlife Service since 1983 and then the Department of Conservation.

The name change was made in October 2004 when the nursery changed location, to be closer to Gisborne town centre, on an upgraded site.

"From the Grower to the Gardener Direct"

Today, Native Garden Nursery is a highly respected specialist native plant grower, with a focus on growing and supplying high quality NZ native plants direct to the public.

New Zealand native plants are our main focus as we believe they best suit our landscape and conditions, however, a variety of non-native garden shrubs and shelter/hedging plants that are hardy, versatile and combine well with New Zealand plants are in our plant list.

As a small yet intensive business, we have a team of knowledgeable, dedicated staff committed to providing you with high quality plants and service. Our team consists of long-standing employees specialising in plant propagation, crop maintenance, sales and administration. We also have a team of ever loyal seasonal workers who help out when things get really busy!

Our Customers

Our plants are supplied to a wide range of customers - including the home gardener, landscapers and landscape designers, councils, Department of Conversation and revegetation projects. Many landscapes and gardens are the proud owners of Native Garden Nursery plants and our efficient online ordering service sees our plants being used from Northland to Southland!

Our Nursery

Native Garden Nursery is situated in Makaraka, just outside Gisborne City, next to the Showgrounds and Golfmania. The nursery occupies 1.2ha of land. All of our plants are containerised and grown either in an outside hardening-off area or shade house, all starting their lives in propagation houses.

Our sales area is open to the public 6 days a week. You will find it well laid out and informative, with master labels providing information and pricing for every plant. An experienced team member is always available to assist and you are welcome to spend time viewing plants and gathering information at your leisure.

Online Ordering

Our popular online ordering service is now bigger and better than ever. Our website provides you with access to our entire catalogue of competitively priced plants, delivered directly to your door. With more variety than is usually offered locally and the opportunity to buy interesting hybrids or large quantities, online ordering is a simple and stress free way to purchase plants.


Native Garden Nursery works with Project Crimson, the Department of Conservation, Councils and private landowners to provide plants for re-vegetation projects. We are excited to be a part of these projects and it is a real thrill to see the natural landscape restored over a period of time.



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