The Plant Hawke’s Bay nursery was set up in 2005 by Marie Taylor. She had been growing Hawke’s Bay plants at home for a restoration project on two hectares of cliff face at Bay View. This was an eight-year project to re-establish forest on a tough east-facing site, and a good way to learn about the best local species and how they grew. Work on this site showed a demand for tough and hardy locally sourced and grown plants, so Plant Hawke’s Bay was a natural extension.
Marie has a horticultural science degree from Lincoln University and worked 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.
Her passion is to grow rare and uncommon naturally occurring Hawke’s Bay plants, and to see them re-established throughout the Bay. Currently Plant Hawke’s Bay grows plants for many major conservation projects including the Maraetotara Tree Trust and the Living Legends project in the Ahuriri estuary.