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About Us

Matthews Nurseries have been growing quality roses in Wanganui, New Zealand since 1947.

We are celebrating our 70th year in business in 2017. To mark the occasion we have created a new Catalogue for our customers to enjoy. They are available on our online shop or from one of our exclusive stockists.

Bob and Cath in the Nursery

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

Tom and Pearl Matthews established the nursery in 1947 with a passion for producing healthy and beautiful roses. They started out with a wide range of roses, a selection of fruit trees and vegetable seedlings as part of the nursery. In 1978 Tom's son Bob and his wife Cath took over the business and for the past 38 years they have continued with the same commitment to quality and dedication to growing the Queen of flowers.

All of our roses have been grown with tender loving care by the Matthews Team for over two years in the Nursery before they reach your garden. It is our pleasure to supply the best quality rose plants for all of New Zealand's gardeners through our exclusive retail stockists (see our selected stockists page) and online shop on this website.


Tom Matthews Marie and the truck, 1951 A young Bob budding roses, 1965


Roses offer a richness of form, colour and fragrance that is unrivalled by other plants, making them a true favourite garden flower. Their popularity endures changes in garden 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 Queen of Flowers, and at Matthews we live and breathe these beauties everyday.


Lasting love in bloom in the Nursery

The Nursery in Bloom


We grow a large range of roses, from tried and true favourites such as Iceberg, Dublin Bay and Aotearoa NZ to newer varieties such as My Mum (Bred by Bob Matthews), Lasting Love, Burgundy Iceberg and Christophe to name just a few.

As the New Zealand agents for many of the world's leading rose breeders, it enables us to offer you top award winning roses from around the globe. All our new releases are trialled and assessed under a no-spray regime in NZ conditions for up to 6 years, enabling us to only release the very best new roses for our customers. Bob also has developed his own extensive hybridizing programme over the last 20 years, which has produced many great award winning New Zealand roses.


2017 Catalogue

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

Bob has also spent many years developing the MVT Virus free programme. Matthews Roses with 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. Certified and tested by Matthews Nurseries Ltd.

Over the years our family business has gone through many changes, successes, ups and downs, but we are proud to still be growing roses on our farm south of Wanganui. It is a busy life but one filled with happiness and satisfaction to be doing something that we love every day. We hope this feeling of delight is passed onto our customers, and that you will enjoy your roses for many years to come.


Thank you for celebrating 70 years with us,

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.