Oratia Native Plant Nursery Ltd is a family business, owned and operated by Geoff and Bev Davidson - with some added skill input at times from the second generation.
The nursery began as a hobby in the early 1970s in response to Geoff's conservation interests and his desire to provide an alternative to the many exotics that he saw becoming a problem as garden escapees. This underpinning philosophy remains unchanged. Demand for native plants has grown tremendously over the years, but we remain one of the few large nurseries still in private (or even NZ) ownership, and are able to determine our path on the basis of ethical values rather than commercial ones.
Over the past 30 years the nursery has developed to become a major supplier of native plants to the Auckland area. Our market is not limited to Auckland and we have many significant customers throughout the North Island and some in the South Island. As a matter of policy we do not export - our indigenous species have proven their potential to become weeds overseas.
We propagate most of our own plant material by seed, division, or cuttings. Because most of our plants are grown in the open on a moderately exposed site, they are well hardened off by time of sale. It is no surprise to us that customers regularly report their success rate is far higher with our plants than with more ‘cosmetically perfect' plants from other sources.