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Welcome to HEDGE & meet our team

Welcome to HEDGE

HEDGE is boutique plant nursery & an award winning garden design business. We grow plants that give structure and style to a garden - and have a wide selection of Boxwood | Buxus, native & edible topiary for sale.


We love plants & specialise in designing with plants using beautiful plant combinations. We will select suitable plants for your location and set them in a semi-formal garden design. We can also provide hard landscaping plans & construction detailing, and can work with a wide range of contractors and gardeners to complete your project.


Please visit our Design Services & Prices page for the full range of services we offer.

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Sailing in the Marlborough Sounds
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Rachael Matthews

Owner | Director & Designer


LLb (Law), BCA (Economics)
Certificate of Landscape Construction (Merit)

Rachael has been working as a designer & grower for nearly 20 years. She has degrees in law & commerce, and before children she worked in various legal and business management roles. After kids - she traded in her high heels for steel tips, and moved outside. She studied stage 1 horticulture at Massey University; gained a Certificate in Landscape Construction (Merit) from Weltec; and completed a Landscape Design Masterclass with Rosemary Alexandar's English Gardening School.


Rachael has won several awards for her designs: • Gold Medal & Supreme Award, Ellerslie International Flower Show 2013 • Gold Medal & Emerging Designer of the Year, Ellerslie International Flower Show 2012 • Winning Innovative Garden Designs & Use of Plants, Wellington Botanic Garden 2006 & 2010


Rachael is a consulting designer to the Wellington Botanic Garden, and has been working on several projects to transform the garden's collections.

Tim Matthews

Owner | Director & Operations

Tim has been a commercial lawyer for most of his working life, including fighting for fair at 2degrees. With our kids now grown up, he too has stepped out of his city office, traded in his metro soles, and is helping run our business.

If you would like to see & know more, there are several articles about us, our lovely customers and their gardens in Media Stories.

We belong to  .....
  • Garden Design Society of New Zealand

  • NZ Industry Association of Plant Producers

We are proud supporters of  .....
  • Zealandia Ecosanctuary, Predator Free Wellington, Capital Kiwi, Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden, Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush Trust, Forest & Bird, Kaibosh Food Rescue, Garden to Table, Variety Children's Charity, and Womens Refuge.

  • Over the last year we have also donated to or sponsored: Flower Growers affected by Cyclone Gabrielle, Heavy Breathers take on Mental Health, and the Wadestown School Garden Walk.

We work with .....

A wide range of lovely & hard working design professionals, contractors, suppliers and specialists who we can recommend to our customers.

We work with & can recommend architects & designers


We work with & can recommend builders & landscapers


We work with & can recommend gardeners & arborists

Architects & Designers

Landscapers & Pavers


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