Donating our plants is a privilege
In the beginning
The start of the nursery, really was the beginning of all the environment projects that we work in today. Everything grew from those very humble beginnings.
In the summer of 2012, Kim, along with our very first COLC intern Peter Lohr, and two very keen students, Natacha Sieber and Natsuki Nishiyama, gathered together a few NZ Cabbage Trees and some Flax plants, and leveled out a place to keep them. None of us thought at that stage, that the little nursery we started that day would grow into one holding several thousand plants, all of which would eventually be given away to support local conservation efforts. Now, seven years later more than 10,000 plants have been given away from this nursery.
All of the plants that we grow are New Zealand natives and eco-sourced. A lot of the plants go into the other projects we are involved in. Typically today would see about 5000 plants in the nursery. Many of them are sand dune plants, because the demand for these is huge, and there are many different groups who need these plants. We also grow a large number of NZ Kauri and are very proud of our efforts in helping with Kauri reforestation. The number of plants will continue to grow.
Each year we try new and different plants and we continue to learn more about propagation, and growing native trees.