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Container Nurseries was purchased by Mark & Elaine McRae in 1988. Mark has a Trade Certificate in Horticulture & Gardening and a Diploma of Horticulture from Massey University. Elaine has a Bachelor of Horticultural Science from Massey University.


We pride ourselves on the diversity of our plant range, which enables a garden centre to purchase almost all of their total green goods from one supplier, which simplifies their inwards goods processing. Our range covers Bromeliads, Gardenia, grasses, perennials, groundcovers, Hibiscus, Vireya Rhododendrons, climbers, general trees and shrubs, subtropicals, cutting grown fruiting lines including Goji berries, blueberries ,fruiting chillies, other berry fruits, citrus, peanuts and many others.


Our brands include, Aussie Winners, Bambino Bougainvilleas, Garden Fresh and Quality Growers introductions. Our new edible introductions are marketed under the Garden Fresh brand. Subtropical plants suitable for the upper North Island are of particular interest and a range of these are in production.


Container Nurseries belongs to the Aussie Winners growers, Quality Growers groups and is a member of Nursery & Garden Industry Association of New Zealand.


Container Nurseries supply most major garden centres and chains in the North Island as well as landscapers and local bodies and have product for sale at both Plant Wholesalers Ltd sites in Auckland.


Our nursery is situated on a 4 hectare block in Whenuapai,18 kilometres north west of Auckland City so we are very close to our predominant market, the Auckland area.


Approximately 90% of all plants produced at Container Nurseries are propagated on site. Production is projected at 300000 units annually. We have three, level 2 quarantine facilities that are in operation at the nursery for the importation of new plant varieties.


All product is potted mechanically and machinery for post potting handling has been fabricated and is being used with great success.

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