Community Nursery

Our community nursery cultivates and sells over 30 species of native plants, with a focus on plants that naturally grow in stream or wetland environments. Our plants are raised from seeds that we’ve collected from the bush and reserves in West Auckland. This means they are eco-sourced, which makes them ideal for local replanting. 

We serve a wide range of community groups, businesses and individuals who want to improve native biodiversity in their gardens, bush and ecological restoration initiatives. If you’d like some advice, we can recommend plants to suit your site.

How to buy plants

The last of this winter’s native plants are available from the EcoMatters Nursery Online via click and collect or local delivery (within 10km) during Alert Level 3.

Our range includes popular choices like the whau, pūriri, kōwhai, harakeke, and a variety of sedges and other plants.

What our nursery offers

Our range may vary from season to season, but you can expect to find a selection of the following plants. Please contact [email protected] if you need advice about which plants might be suitable for you. Most of these plants are best suited for streamside or wetland restoration.

Tītoki (Alectryon excelsa)Tī Kōuka/cabbage tree (Cordyline australis)Harekeke/Flax (Phormium tenax)
Rengarenga (Arthropodium cirratum)Toetoe upokotangata (Cyperus ustulatus)Karo (Pittosporum crassifolium)
Toetoe (Austraderia fulvida)Kahikatea (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides)Tarata/Lemonwood (Pittosporum eugenoides)
Manaia/Glen Murray Tussock (Carex flagellifera)Whau (Entelia arbourescens)Kōhūhū (Pittosporum tenuifolium)
Forest sedge (Carex lambertiana)Houhere/lacebark (Hoheria populna)
Mānatu/ribbonwood (Plagianthus regius)
Rautahi/cutty grass (Carex lessoniana)Mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium)Pānakenake (Pratia angulata)
Makura (Carex secta)Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum)
Nīkau (Rhopolostylus sapida)
Pūkio/swamp sedge (Carex virgata)Māhoe (Melicytus ramiflorus)Kōwhai (Sophora microphylla)
Putaputawētā (Carpodetus serratus)Māpou (Myrsine australis)Hebe Koromiko (Veronica stricta)
Karamū (Coprosma robusta)Wharariki/Mountain flax (Phormium cookianum)Pūriri (Vitex lucens)

How to volunteer

All are welcome to join our regular weekly nursery sessions and learn about caring for native plants from our resident experts. We also hold group volunteering sessions by appointment. To find out more, visit Volunteer.


grants for local nature projects

Planning a local environmental project in the Henderson-Massey, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, Whau or Waitākere Ranges local board area? Your group could be eligible for a $500 grant. The Love Your Neighbourhood grant is available for environmental and volunteer-driven initiatives. Find out more about all our grants here.

KIA ORA AND THANKS

Thanks to the Waitākere Ranges and Whau local boards for supporting our nursery to grow plants for a greener Auckland.