Meet the Kings Seeds team

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. 

Staff Photo outside Kings Seeds


Back row from left: Deb, Gerard, Tyler, Brian, Jude,
Front row from left: Karen M, Karen H, Janet, Carmen, Camilla, Barb

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.

Gerard Martin - Co-owner of Kings Seeds

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 walking, every day if at all possible, with a longer jaunt into the Kaimai's at weekends.  She swims twice every week with Jude and cycles for a nice change.
Barbara Martin - Co-owner of Kings Seeds


Deb web
Deb joined the team in September 2007 and after filling thousands of packets of seeds over many years, she has made the move to the Administration side of our operation. She forms part of the team that picks, invoices and packs your home gardener and commercial orders.  She treasures the time spent with her family outdoors, also patch-working and pottering in the garden.

Karen web

Karen has been with Kings Seeds for over 10 years and describes herself as an experimental gardener. She likes to try growing new varieties each year and loves the fact that gardening is an ongoing learning progress. Cooking is her passion and this is reflected in her blog contributions. She often helps with answering your queries on the phone or email where her gardening knowledge and years of experience are put to good use.


Camilla web

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.


Jude web

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.


Our team look forward to helping you to succeed in your garden for this season and many more.


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