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30 Years of Gardening in 2018


Blueskin Nurseries 30 year history August 2018 marks 30 years since Mark and Clare Brown opened their retail garden shop on the Main road in Waitati. For the 10 years prior to the 1988 opening, they operated from Doctors Point Road which is now the location of our growing nursery. Thirty years ago Mark and Clare opened their Blueskin Nurseries in a converted three bedroom villa. And while it appeared out of the way for customers the Brown’s believed its location, just 15 minutes drive north of Dunedin - would attract regular customers from the city and the surrounding rural communities. They were proved correct, and as the centre’s reputation for quality......read more

Christmas Hours

  *CHRISTMAS HOURS * *Garden Centre* *24th December  8.30-3pm* *25th - 26th December CLOSED* *27th -30th December OPEN 8.30am -5pm* *31st December 8.30-3pm* *1st & 2nd January CLOSED* *3rd January – Open from 8.30am* *CAFE * *24th December  8.30-2.30pm* *25th - 26th December CLOSED* *27th -30th December OPEN 8.30-4.30pm* *31st December 8.30-2.30pm* *1st & 2nd January CLOSED* *3rd January – Open from 8.30am* *for OUR FAMOUS NEW YEAR SALE!*...read more

David Austin Roses

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The beauty of Roses Like fashion, gardening trends change but there is something about roses that has maintained popularity over the years. Roses are still the world’s favourite flower. One of the greatest pleasures of gardening is picking flowers for the house, but what would a summer bunch of flowers be without roses! I never thought I would want to plant so many roses in my garden but on the discovery of the uniqueness and beauty of David Austin roses my passion for roses in the garden has grown. On a recent trip to the England I fulfilled a dream of visiting the place where some of the world’s most beautiful roses......read more

Ellerslie Flower show 2014

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PASSION A showcase of plants at Ellerslie Flower Show 2014 Sally Brown took on the challenge of an exhibit garden at Ellerslie Flower Show 2014.  We are delighted to annouce it was a very successful winning the following awards: Silver Medal, Supreme Horticultural Award & Yates People's Choice Award Here is a link to our facebook page with photos https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.676288112418059.1073741835.107408635972679&type=1[https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.676288112418059.1073741835.107408635972679&type=1]  Design Brief A celebration and showcase of quality plants grown in by professionals. A combination of both common and rare plants blended together to create and engaging and colourful garden. The longer you look at the garden the more you see. Growers and nurserymen have a passion and a unique skills of growing the......read more



Hydrangeas make a great statement in your garden with their huge flower heads. They require little maintenance and prefer dappled shade and rich, moist soils. White flowers remain white, however blue flowers are intensified by acid conditions while pink and reds are intensified by alkaline soils. You can help maintain the blue colour by fertilising with Aluminium Sulphate. The climbing Hydrangea petiolaris is one of the best climbers for shady south facing walls. This deciduous form puts on a show of creamy flowers in summer, and is self clinging. A french variety hydrangea Merveille Sanguine, translates to Bloody Marvellous. This really is a bloody marvelous Hydrangea with rich blood, red large flower......read more

Spring Bulbs

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As the days get shorter in March, it is hard to think about the beauties of Spring bulbs. Flowering bulbs brighten up the garden coming out of a cold winter. It is time to choose and plant your Spring bulbs. Spring bulbs remind me of visiting my Grandmothers garden. I loved picking her flowers especially her grape hyacinths en masse and many others to make little posies! There are lots to choose from Crocuses, Tulips, Frittilarias, Anemone, Reticulata iris, Bluebells, Narcissus (daffodils), leucojams (snowflakes),  muscari(grape hyacinths) and many more. Most bulbs need excellent drainage so choose a free-draining position in your garden. When your bulbs are young and developing it is important......read more

Coastal NZ Native Plants


When planting New Zealand Native plants it is crucial to choose the right plant for the right place. Along the wind beaten coastlines of Otago, a lot of the native plants thrive, especially in the low frost areas. Depending on what you want to achieve in your coastal garden – Pohutakawas put on a spectacular show of red in Summer and we recommend Metrosiderous excellsa Vibrance. For shrubs for screening or shelter Hebe speciosa varieties, Grisilenea (broadleaf), Pseudopanax, Myoporum (Ngaio) Corokia and Cordylines will all help achieve this. Reinga Reinga lilies (Arthropodiums) put a spectacular show in summer with their pretty star-like white flowers. Opeki walking track around Blueskin Bay is......read more

Winter June

June gardening Tips  Winter brings the cooler shorter days but lots of exciting events on the gardening calendar. Garlic and Shallots are to be planted on the shortest day of the year. Printanor Garlic is a french variety which has become the mainstay commercial variety grown in New Zealand.  It is an easy to grow variety producing medium sized cloves. Printanor is a high oil content garlic.  Winter also brings the arrival of an abundance of roses, fruit, nuts, shrubs and deciduous trees. So on those cold days behind glass, plan your orchard planting. Walnuts are an old favourite. Most of us have had some sort of memories cracking nuts and also......read more


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