Meet Our Experts

Our Garden Experts

Each with their own speciality and areas of interest between these four fantastic humans, we have all your gardening tips and advice covered. Read some of their background stories below.

Bill Brett – The Garden Guru

Bill Brett was raised on a dairy farm in Taranaki. Enthusiastic gardening parents germinated his interest. He joined Ivon Watkins Ltd as a trainee, studied at University, and went on to become the North Island Technical Officer.

After leaving Ivon Watkins-Dow, Bill, spent time in Ministry of Agriculture Bio Security, and managed NZ’s first advanced tree nursery, before joining Yates as the technical officer. Bill was responsible for the 60th Edition re-write of the Yates Garden Guide. He later became manager of the Yates NZ Home Garden Division.

Following 18 months with Botanix Garden Centre Group in Auckland, Bill was approached by Mitre 10, to set up and manage the garden division.

Five years later, in 1995 Bill set up Brett & Associates, a garden centre consultancy, and within three years had many clients in NZ, Australia, Ireland and UK. In 2011, Garden Retail Success Ltd, took over the business of Brett & Associates and Bill retired from garden centre consultancy, but still helps with the occasional project.
Bill has always been a keen gardener, and prides himself on being self - sufficient in fruit and vegetables, for 11 months of the year.

Bill has also been a partner with technical responsibilities in a greenhouse tomato unit, and a large kiwifruit orchard.
Bill was a member of the Nursery & Garden Industry Association board for 12 years and served as president for two years.

Bill has a Diploma of Agriculture, and a Diploma of Education.

Temple-220 Temple Larkin - Vegetables

I love growing vegetables.

I have been growing my own vegetables for about 20 years, and I enjoy that I am still learning and always will be. 

I love to wander out before mealtime and let the garden help dictate what I will eat that night.

The joy of seeing a seed that I planted poke through the soil or a fruit begin to bear always brings a smile to my face, such a simple pleasure that is so rewarding.

I have just recently moved and I love exploring the new microclimates, soils and idiosyncrasies of my new property.

Bryce Senior - Landscaping

Hi, I’m Bryce. My background is D.I.Y gardening, and you will often find me out in the garden building, shaping or maintaining my property.


My contribution to the Nelson Gardener will be through topics based around low maintenance gardening, developing smaller spaces, and providing general gardening advice for Nelson based residents.


My favorite part about gardening is creating landscapes that represent the area and house it surrounds whilst adding my additional touches which gives the whole area a personality.

I look forward to seeing down at 55 Saxton Road for a chat.

Simon-375 Simon Kemp - Fruits

Hi, I'm Simon.

My passion in gardening is about getting the most out of the plants and ground in a sustainable away. My knowledge is mainly based in the horticulture industry in which I help vineyards and orchards make the most out of their fruit and land.

I enjoy seeing the transformations of plants when they get their necessary nutrients and finally seeing a delicious fruit as the end product.

My contribution to the Nelson Gardener will be through providing information such as tips and tricks to help your own fruits thrive.


Bill’s Book

Garden Pest & Disease Control’ – Essential NZ Guide, the most comprehensive book available for home gardeners on this subject.

This book will provide -
  • Correct identification of the problem indexed by host plant / crop (240 photographs)
  • Full details of all pests & diseases except the very rare
  • Cultural practices to prevent or minimise the problem (science proven, not myth)
  • Science proven organic methods and products
  • Details of every pesticide available in NZ – overview, active ingredient, toxicity & precautions, legal and registration status, use – approved crops and purpose, plus alternatives
  • Quick reference charts showing a star rated comparison with similar products to choose the best
  • Register your copy with the author and receive free updates

Available from –
  • Independent garden centres, & Palmers garden centres
  • Most Paper Plus book stores
  • University book shops
Author – Bill Brett
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The author has a lifetime experience in horticulture pest & disease control. First in field research and advisory work, with the last 20 years as an international consultant, mentor and trainer. Bill is also a lifetime gardener, self- sufficient in fruit and vegetables and now resides in Nelson.

About Us

At Wholesale Landscapes, we supply a wide range of landscaping products that are aged and blended to ensure the absolute highest quality. We deliver commercial quantities of bark-based landscape supplies to resellers and projects across NZ. We have a trade yard in Stoke, Nelson where landscapers and contractors can conveniently pick up bulk landscape supplies - all year round.

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