70 years in the making
At Redwoods we pride ourselves on our vast wealth of knowledge and experience; we are all locals and passionate gardeners. We understand how important it is to get the right plant to create the look you are after and the right solution to a gardening problem.
Redwoods has been part of the Kerikeri landscape for the best part of seventy years, when in 1957 Maurice and Shirley Kempthorne bought the land. They planted a citrus and tamarillo orchard, built their home and raised their three children and as the family grew so did the business.
They first started selling fruit from under their house which is now Redwoods Dental. The buildings you see today were first built it the mid 70’s and the lining of the walls, milled from their own redwood trees. It gradually grew to selling all fruit and vegetables and serviced the area through the 70’s and 80’s. They were then famous for their “all you can eat” free watermelons and selling locally grown navel oranges and tangelos.
Mark continued to run the orchard and when Michael became interested in growing plants he established a nursery and the site was expanded to include a garden centre and café.
Maurice was a larger than life character who was very involved in the Kerikeri community, here at Redwoods Garden Centre we are proud of our history and the continuing link with the Kempthorne family through Mary, their daughter.
Today Redwoods Garden Centre along with Kericell Nurseries is owned John and Robyn Rowe, born and bred Northlanders. Kericell nurseries, supplies seedlings, herbs and potted colour to garden centres throughout the north island and of course to Redwoods. They purchased the property in 2013,redesigning and upgrading the site to the garden centre you see today. Redwoods offers a complete range of seedlings, herbs, trees, shrubs and perennials, all to fit the seasons. We like to source pots and outdoor décor that are new and unusual. Our gift ware range is extensive, all of which we will gift warp for free.
Redwoods Garden Centre offers a complete range of trees, shrubs and perennials, all to fit the seasons. Our extensive range of herbs, potted colour and seedlings are grown just up the road at Kericell. We like to source pots and outdoor décor that are new and unusual. Our giftware range is extensive, all of which we will gift warp for free.
Our garden centre is mostly undercover so even on the wettest days you can shop in comfort, with easy access for wheelchairs and wheelchair on site if it is needed.
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The Fig Café is a great place to enjoy a quiet lunch or coffee while overlooking our garden centre, with ample parking, Redwoods is a great place to spend an hour or two.