Getting more Hawke’s Bay plants out into the Hawke’s Bay landscape is the driver behind 'Plant Hawkes Bay' for Marie Taylor. She set up Plant Hawke’s Bay, a nursery business specialising in eco-sourced Hawke’s Bay native plants, in 2005. In an eight-year forest restoration project on her two-hectare cliff face at Bayview, she learnt what species grow best and where best to plant them. This project showed there was a demand for tough and hardy locally sourced plants, perfectly suited to the Hawke’s Bay environment.

“I love growing rare and uncommon Hawke’s Bay plants, and seeing them go back out into projects.”

“I love growing rare and uncommon Hawke’s Bay plants, and seeing them go back out into projects.”

The nursery business built on Marie’s horticultural science degree from Lincoln University and her subsequent work as a regional representative for the QEII National Trust from 1992-2007, first based in Nelson, and then for 13 years in Hawke’s Bay.

This gave her a good working knowledge of the distribution of native species within Hawke’s Bay, and an understanding of how they fit into the landscape.
“I love growing rare and uncommon Hawke’s Bay plants, and seeing them go back out into projects.”

Currently Plant Hawke’s Bay grows around 100,000 plants a year on land leased from Landcorp Ahuriri at Napier. The plants are wholesaled to farmers, lifestyle block owners, landscapers and into conservation projects like kakabeak restoration. About 95 percent of plants are eco-sourced by collecting the seed and cuttings from wild populations.

In 2015 Marie won the “Love of the Land” category at the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards. "A good friend twisted my arm to get me to enter, and it was a very good thing he did because it was a great experience. The award has had a huge impact on me and it has already led to an increase in business." It is an experience that she encourages other rural business women to get involved in.

Marie, we love your passion for the environment and look forward to seeing our native NZ plants thrive within the Hawkes Bay and further afield.

Marie, we love your passion for the environment and look forward to seeing our native NZ plants thrive within the Hawkes Bay and further afield.

More info? www.planthawkesbay.co.nz