Kings Seeds - providing seed to home gardeners and commercial growers since 1978!
How did the Kings Seeds story begin? Read our history!
Still helping gardeners of all descriptions from all over New Zealand and at all levels of growing ability to experience the joys of growing from seed.
Gerard and Barbara Martin have owned the company since February 1999 and came from a background in flower growing, supplying NZ markets with lilies, sunflowers and many other varieties for more than 10 years.
Gerard has a horticultural background and has always had a green-fingered interest in growing things. A stint as a flower auctioneer also gave him a feel for the other side of the fence. Gerard takes responsibility for the commercial side of the operation and, in particular, the sourcing, ordering and stock-take of all seed. He enjoys walking the many trails through the Kaimai's with friends and, of course, time spent in the garden to clear the cobwebs after a busy week indoors.
Barbara has a BA degree and a secondary teaching qualification. Having worked in that industry part-time as she raised three daughters and ran the flower business with Gerard, she doesn't envy the role of teachers today. Thrown in at the deep end at the beginning of their time with Kings Seeds, she has learnt it all from scratch and is now responsible for the marketing, financial and administrative parts of the business. She enjoys a good walk, swims twice a week with Jude, does yoga, plays business house golf with Jude, Brian and friend Vern and cycles for a nice change.
Chester here is one of the hardest working members of our team. He's very suited
for his supervisory role rather than getting 'paws on'. In his spare time he can be found frolicking at the beach, walking in the bush with Gerard or up at the lunchroom in hopes of snagging someone's leftovers. Chester currently holds the record for the loudest snoring in the office but there are a few close contenders coming for his title.
The Admin Team
Jude joined the team at Kings Seeds in 2009 and lives on a lifestyle property with hubby and Golden Retriever Mac. A large garden, growing for seed & consumption, with many animals keeps life busy. Other interests include golf, croquet, quiz nights, cooking (if time) and swimming.
Camilla has been with Kings Seeds since September 2002. She lives locally and really enjoys the variety she gets working at Kings. Camilla enjoys working around her lifestyle property, creating gardens and renovating her house. She completed her Certificate in Business with the Open Polytechnic in 2011.
Tyler joined Kings Seeds full time in 2020 after working University holidays part-time in the production team. He now jumps between running social media, our production team, gardening projects and assisting Gerard with seed sourcing. In his spare time, you can find Tyler in the gym, on the football field, parked up at the beach or enjoying music festivals.
Janet joined Kings Seeds in July 2019 after working many years in the banking industry. She has lived in Katikati for 16 years with her husband and chocolate lab, Dusty. She enjoys growing a vege garden and finds happiness in growing lovely fresh food. Outside of work, she enjoys walking, sewing and reading a good book.
The Production Team
Karen Joined the Kings Seeds team in September 2020 at the tail end of the "lockdown mania" that we had. She is usually found in the production team but is happy to help out where ever she is needed. She is a wife, and mother to a very active family that enjoy: fishing, boating, getting out in the bush, beaches and local rivers.
Back row from left: Deb, Gerard, Tyler, Brian, Jude,
Front row from left: Karen M, Karen H, Janet, Carmen, Camilla, Barb
Our team look forward to helping you to succeed in your garden for this season and many more.