About Us

Matthews Nurseries Ltd has been growing gorgeous roses in Whanganui, New Zealand for over 70 years. We are proud to produce the best quality rose plants for kiwi gardeners to enjoy . . .

Our family business was established in 1947 by Tom and Pearl Matthews. Their son Bob and his wife Cath (pictured above) took over the business in 1978 and ever since they have been dedicated to growing healthy and happy roses! We are delighted to supply our quality roses direct to you through our website and to selected garden centres nationwide.

Matthews Roses range of varieties are selected not only for their beautiful flowers and fragrance, but for their hardiness, health and easiness to grow in New Zealand conditions. Every plant we produce has been grown with care for over 2 years on the nursery. With generations of rose growing experience, you can trust a Matthews Rose to perform in your garden.

Creating the Next Generation of Easy Care Roses

For over 20 years we have been commited to a spray free environment for our trial area in conjunction with an extensive testing process. This ensures that only the healthiest, best performing varieties are introduced.

Not only to do we grow quality roses - we also create brand new ones! For over 25 years our spray free trials and award winning Bob Matthews hybridizing programme has released many kiwi favourites, like the exclusive 'My Rose Collection' range.
Creating the Next Generation of Easy Care Roses

For over 20 years we have been commited to a spray free environment for our trial area in conjunction with an extensive testing process. This ensures that only the healthiest, best performing varieties are introduced.

Not only to do we grow quality roses - we also create brand new ones! For over 25 years our spray free trials and award winning Bob Matthews hybridizing programme has released many kiwi favourites, like the exclusive 'My Rose Collection' range.

Matthews Nurseries Ltd act as agents for the world’s top rose breeders, giving us an unique opportunity to trial and release the best new & exclusive varieties from around the globe to New Zealand. We also create our own rose varieties with the award winning Bob Matthews breeding programme - home to the easy care 'My Rose Collection' developed from our most popular creation for New Zealand gardeners 'My Mum'.

For over 20 years we have been commited to a spray free environment for our trial area in conjunction with an extensive testing process. This ensures that only the healthiest, best performing varieties are introduced. Many of Bob’s own creations have won awards in trial gardens both in New Zealand and overseas, including multiple Gold Star of the South Pacific awards and a prestigious Silver Certificate at The Hague International Rose Trials in 2018. Check out our full list of awards and achievements listed at the bottom of this page.

We also grow a selected range of Lilacs (Syringa) and Crabapple (Malus) trees, available from our selected garden centre stockists. All the Crabapple varieties we grow were bred by Tom Matthews. His wonderful varieties created at our nursery include kiwi favourites 'Jelly King' (Mattfru) and the unique weeping variety 'Ellerslie' (Mattweep).

As well as Bob's own breeding programme, we are extremely proud to release the best new garden roses from internationally renowned rose breeders to New Zealand. The extensive process of importing, quarantine testing, spray free trials and assessment for NZ growing conditions takes many years, ensuring that only the healthiest, best performing varieties are introduced. As the saying goes - good things take time! We represent rose breeders from all over the world including Kordes Rosen (Germany), Pierre Orard (France), Harkness Roses (England), Weeks Roses (USA) and Dickson Roses (Northern Ireland) to name a few.

Many Matthews Roses introductions have gone on to win awards both in New Zealand and overseas, including some gorgeous varieties bred by Bob Matthews which have won coveted Gold Star of the South Pacific awards and even a prestigious Silver Certificate at The Hague International Rose Trials in The Netherlands (for the climbing rose 'Cupcake')

On our nursery in Whanganui we continue to grow a selected range of 1.8m Weeping Standard, Cascading Pillar Roses, Crabapple (Malus) and Lilac (Syringa) trees - available only from selected NZ garden centre stockists. All the Crabapples we grow hold a special place in our hearts as they were all bred right here in Whanganui by Bob's late father Tom Matthews.

A Passion for Quality

Our team have years of growing experience and are passionate about producing the best quality garden roses for our customers. Part of the Matthews Roses difference is our vigorous rootstock which provides the powerhouse root structure of our plants. Also, each crop of roses is cultivated in fresh ground rotation on our farm, ensuring optimal growing conditions for our plants.

Thank you for choosing Matthews Roses

Since 1947 we have been helping kiwi's create gorgeous gardens of their own. We wish all our customers great pleasure and enjoyment from growing the queen of flowers. As we look toward the future we can't wait to inspire the next generation of gardeners with the timeless beauty, charm and romance of the rose. Happy gardening!
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