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

 

Bob and Cath in the Nursery

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


Our family business was established in 1947 by Tom and Pearl Matthews (pictured below) Their son Bob and his wife Cath 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.

Our 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. Part of the Matthews Roses difference is our exclusive vigorous rootstock which provides the powerhouse root structure of our plants. Also, every rose crop is cultivated in fresh ground rotation on our farm, ensuring optimal growing conditions for our plants. With over 70 years of rose growing experience, you can trust a Matthews Rose to perform in your garden!

 

Tom Matthews        Pearl Matthews with My Mum       Matthews Roses

 

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).

 

Bush Rose field in summer bloom

'Forget Me Not' floribunda blooming in our bush rose field

 

MVT logo

At Matthews Roses we're proud of our virus-free programme. Our rose varieties 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, healthier and more vigourous 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 enjoy them for many years to come. If you have any rose related questions or would like to know more, please get in touch with us! See our details here.

 

Happy Gardening!

Bob & Cath Matthews

 

 

 

Awards & Achievements

Included below is awards won for roses we have introduced to New Zealand on behalf of the international rose breeder and from the Bob Matthews breeding programme (for example, Matthews, New Zealand)

 

'Berry Nice' (Mattjaz) Matthews, New Zealand

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2019)

 

'My Dad' (Mattmaf) Matthews, New Zealand

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2018)

 

'Cupcake' (Mattcisa) Matthews, New Zealand

Silver Certificate, The Hague International Rose Trials, The Hague, The Netherlands (2018)

Certificate of Merit, The Hague International Rose Trials, The Hague, The Netherlands (2017)

 

'Best Wishes' (Dicdyna) Dickson, Northern Ireland

New Zealand Rose of the Year, Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand (2017)

City of Adelaide Award for Best Floribunda, National Rose Trial Garden of Australia (2010)

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2004)

 

'Kiss the Bride' (Mattliandup) Matthews, New Zealand

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2016)

 

'Platinum' (Mattmilano) Matthews, New Zealand

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2015)

 

'Sky Chaser' (Diclingo) Dickson, Northern Ireland

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2015)

 

'Christophe' (Dicjovial) Dickson, Northern Ireland

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2014)

 

'My Precious' (Mattring) Matthews, New Zealand

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2012)

 

'Red Flame' (Adabaring)  Adam, France

Gold Star of the South Pacific, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2012)

June Hocking Fragrance Award, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2012)

 

'Absolutely Fabulous' (Wekvossutono) Carruth, USA

Gold Star of the South Pacific, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2011)

 

'Topsy Turvy' (Wekcocbeb)  Carruth, USA

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2011)

 

'Wild Cat' (Dicjaunty)  Dickson, Northern Ireland

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2011)

 

'In Loving Memory' (Mattlign) Matthews, New Zealand

Gold Star of the South Pacific, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2010)

 

'Ivey Hall' (Frykeno) Fryer, England

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2010)

 

'Hamilton Gardens' (Macpadspo) MacGredy, New Zealand

Certificate of Merit, The Hague International Rose Trials, The Hague, The Netherlands (2010)

 

'Diamonds Forever' (Mattdiafor) Matthews, New Zealand

Bronze Medal, International Rose Trials, Baden-Baden, Germany (2011)

Certificate of Merit, The Hague International Rose Trials, The Hague, The Netherlands (2009)

Best Rose Fragrance, NZ Rose of the Year Trial, Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand (2008)

 

'Crimson Bouquet' (Korveteilich) Kordes, Germany

Best Hybrid Tea Rose, NZ Rose of the Year Trial, Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand (2007)

 

'Anna Leese' (Wekscemala) Carruth, USA

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2006)

 

'Glorious' (Interictira) Ilsink, The Netherlands

New Zealand Rose of the Year, Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand (2006)

 

'Lasting Love' (Adabreton) Adam, France

Most Fragrant Rose, NZ Rose of the Year Trial, Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand (2006)

 

'Mary's Love' (Diccharity) Dickson, Northern Ireland

City of Adelaide Award for Best Floribunda, National Rose Trial Garden of Australia, Adelaide, Australia (2006)

 

'PJ's Rose' (Kortanken) Kordes, Germany

Childrens Choice Award, NZ Rose of the Year Trial, Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand (2008)

Certificate of Merit, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2004)

 

'Easy Going' (Harflo) Harkness, England

New Zealand Rose of the Year, NZ Rose of the Year Trial, Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand (2004)

Best Floribunda Rose, NZ Rose of the Year Trial, Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand (2004)

Best Overseas Rose, NZ Rose of the Year Trial, Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand (2004)

 

'Phab Gold' (Frybountiful) Fryer, England

Gold Star of the South Pacific, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2003)


Finalist, Nursery of the Year - Nursery and Garden Industry Association, New Zealand (2002)

 

'Amarosa' (Fryorosa) Fryer, England

Gold Star of the South Pacific, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2001)

 

'Lest We Forget' (Mattzac) Matthews, New Zealand

Stars of Spring Award, Gardening New Zealand (2001)

 

'Racy Lady' (Dicwaffle) Dickson, Northern Ireland

Gold Star of the South Pacific, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2000)

 

'Fourth of July' (Wekroalt) Carruth, USA

Best Climbing Rose, NZ Rose of the Year Trial, Pacific Rose Bowl Festival,  Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand (2004)

Novelty Award, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2000)

 

'Tintinara' (Dicuptight) Dickson, Northern Ireland

Best Overseas Raised Rose, NZ Rose of the Year Trial, Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand (2001)

Gold Award for Best Hybrid Tea, Auckland Rose of the Year, Auckland Botanic Gardens, New Zealand (1999)

 

Best Plant Label for Crabapple 'Pearlie Emma' (Mattpink), Gardening New Zealand (1999)

 

'Anniversary' (Mattlace) Matthews, New Zealand

Gold Star of the South Pacific, NZRS International Rose Trials, Palmerston North, New Zealand (1997)

 

Silver Award, Ellerslie International Flower Show, Auckland, New Zealand, (1996)

 

Bronze Award, Ellerslie International Flower Show, Auckland, New Zealand, (1995)

 

Excellence in Advertising (Brochure), New Zealand Nursery Association (1988)

 

Industry Associations


Former Director of Rose Introducers of New Zealand (RINZ)

Former Chairman & Secretary of Rose Group, New Zealand Nursery and Garden Industry Association (NGIA)

Leaders in implementation of NGIA High Health Rose Certification Scheme

 

 

Rose Varieties Introduced to New Zealand by Matthews Nurseries

 

Full List of Varieties Coming Soon . . .


Matthews Roses Website Photography courtesy of Samantha Matthews, Tony Barnes, Ted Hannay, Bob Matthews, Eva Simons, Richard Harris and David Austin Roses. Please do not use any images without permission.