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About Us

Matthews Nurseries was established in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1947. For over 70 years we've been growing healthy, beautiful roses for kiwi gardeners to enjoy.


Bob and Cath in the Nursery

Bob & Cath Matthews amoungst 'Iceberg' Standard Roses in the Nursery

Tom and Pearl Matthews began the nursery in 1947 with a wide range of roses, selection of fruit trees and vegetable seedlings. Tom's son Bob and his wife Cath took over the business in 1978 and ever since they have been dedicated to growing the Queen of flowers.

All of our roses have been grown with tender loving care by our knowledgeable and dedicated staff for over two years in the Nursery before they reach your garden. It is our pleasure to supply the best quality rose plants to our exclusive retail stockists across New Zealand and through our online store.


Tom Matthews   

Tom Matthews with 'Ellerslie' Crabapple tree (bred by Tom)


Marie and the Truck (1951)                         Bob budding roses (1965)

Roses offer a richness of form, colour and fragrance that is unrivalled by other plants, making them a true garden favourite. Their popularity endures changes in trends, a timeless classic that will never be out of place in any garden. Generations of gardeners have found it hard to resist the allure and romance associated with the rose and at Matthews we live and breathe these beauties everyday.


Nursery in Bloom

Nursery in Bloom


We grow a large range of roses, from tried and true favourites such as 'Iceberg', 'Dublin Bay' (above) and 'Aotearoa New Zealand' to newer varieties such as 'Lasting Love', 'Burgundy Iceberg', 'Topsy Turvy' and 'My Mum' (bred by Bob Matthews) to name just a few.

As the New Zealand agents for many of the world's leading rose breeders, it enables us to introduce top award winning roses from around the globe to the New Zealand market. All our new releases are trialled and assessed under a no-spray regime for up to 6 years, enabling us to only release the very best new roses for New Zealand conditions. Bob has also developed his own extensive hybridizing programme over the last 20 years, which has produced many great award winning roses such as 'Kiss the Bride', 'Diamonds Forever' and Gold Star of the South Pacific winners 'Anniversary' and 'In Loving Memory'.


2017 Catalogue

Our 2017 Catalogue - Featuring 'Platinum' Bred by Bob Matthews

At Matthews we are also proud of our exclusive MVT Virus-free programme. Our roses which have the MVT logo on the label guarantee that the plant is free of known viruses. This means a clearer, purer, more vibrant flower, more blooms per plant with stronger, cleaner growth. Developed, certified and tested by Matthews Nurseries Ltd.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website, we wish you great pleasure from your roses and hope you will enjoy them for many years to come, just as we have enjoyed growing them for you.


Bob and Cath Matthews



Special Thanks to Samantha Matthews Photography, Tony Barnes, Bob Matthews, Eva Simons and Ted Hannay for all of the images used on this website.