Kings Seeds is a New Zealand owned, family business.
Owned by Barbara and Gerard Martin for over 20 years, the essence of the business hasn’t changed since its inception by Ross King in 1978. Gerard and Barbara have grown the business to be a household name throughout New Zealand and a key supporter of the local Katikati community. As Barbara and Gerard’s own family has grown with the advent of grandchildren they look to progress into their retirement and enable the next generation to continue their work.
Charlotte Connoley co-owner and General Manager was brought into the business with her husband Rob and young family of three boys. From a farming background in the Hakataramea Valley, Charlotte has over 20 years’ experience in the seed industry and a desire to continue to build on the key vision set by the business over 40 years ago – making growing from seed accessible to everyone.
Where possible the business works with other family-owned seed breeders and producers globally to retain a vast assortment of modern and heirloom varieties to satisfy every gardener and grower. New Zealand sourced seed is preferential where it can be obtained with around 10% of the range coming from seed producers in New Zealand or our own seed productions.
Ross King, founder of the company, was inspired in his lifelong love of herbs by Carmel Hare and Gillian Painter, both noted herbalists. Ross began Kings Seeds by selling herb plants from his backyard before quickly realising that there was demand for herb seed nationwide. The first Kings Seeds catalogue was produced in 1979 with 24 pages listing 65 herbs and flowers, 8 vegetables and 170 herb plants.
In the early 1980’s Ross and his wife, Glenys, started a retail shop on Great North Road. The building with its unique Tudor style became a landmark and remains there today. The shop sold dried flowers, pot pourri, essential oils, gifts, books, seeds and plants with the mail order operation working in tandem. By the early 1990’s a garden was added along with a café serving Devonshire teas whilst the reputation of Kings Seeds continued to grow.
It was about this time that Ross and Gerard Martin were to meet. Gerard called into the Avondale shop and became yet another recipient of Ross’s vast knowledge and more importantly, a friend. Ross & Glenys worked hard to build Kings Seeds into a household name with an extensive range from the standard to the weird and wonderful and after 21 years it was time for a change.
In February 1999, Gerard and Barbara Martin bought the Kings Seeds mail order operation. Gerard a flower grower and Barbara a teacher. The business was relocated to Katikati where the appeal of the Bay of Plenty climate had drawn Gerard and Barbara.
Under Gerard and Barbara’s guidance the business has grown to offer a huge assortment of flower, herb, vegetable, sprouting, microgreen and lifestyle seed to home gardeners and commercial growers throughout New Zealand. We aim to introduce new varieties to our assortment every year and in all we maintain approximately 1000 varieties. Our seed packets are all hand packed and we focus on outstanding customer service and knowledgeable gardening advice for our many customers.
Our organic journey began back in 2000, when Kings Seeds was the first company to introduce organically grown and internationally certified seed to the New Zealand home garden market.
At first our organic range was small, limited to just 14 varieties which continued to grow each year with the requirement for a dedicated organic section in our catalogue.
In 2013 we recognised the importance of becoming a New Zealand certified supplier of organic seed and became BioGro NZ accredited. BioGro accreditation gives our customers complete assurance that our products and systems are certified to the highest organic standard.
Now the largest supplier of organically certified seed in New Zealand with over 100 varieties, we continue to look at how we can continue to grow the range.
We’d love to know what other organic varieties you would like us to source for our range so send us a message email@example.com
Colourful range of Yarrow in shades of Red, Rose, Pink, Yellow and White. Great for cut
Easy care everlasting flower for the summer picking garden. In colours of Rose, Rose Re
Popular White flowering ground cover for edging, filling gaps between pavers or growing
Chinese Spinach. The green leaves which are blotched with red have a flavour described
Unique Golden Brown upright Amaranthus brings a textural quality to the cutting garden.
A unique bicolour Amaranthus that produces gorgeous cascading tassels that are mottled
Exotic looking award winning (RHS) Amaranthus with erect dark Crimson plumes and stunni
The whole plant has a fragrant sweet smell. Grown usually for its seeds which are used
Mammoth Leaf. A large leaf variety of the excellent standard Genovese Basil strain. Not
An American Heirloom that produces beautiful dark red leaves even under low light condi
Long stems are of attractive cup-shaped, pale Green bells. Flowering time is late summe
A highly attractive wild flower with lacy White flowers like Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus
Ornamental annual grass with graceful paper lantern like flower heads that are White ti
Ornamental grass with soft fluffy White flower heads reminescent of bunny tails. Native
This is the favoured herbal old-fashioned single pot Marigold variety with only two or
Campanula persicifolia is one of the best of all perennial bell flowers. From the sprea
The uniform mound shaped plants form a complete blanket of colour, far brighter than an
Grown mainly for its seeds which add a licorice-like European character to recipes for
A small round Carrot that matures extra early. This 19th Century French Heirloom variet
Heirloom French Nantes style carrot renowned for its crisp juicy texture and being near
Well known for the way its leaves and blossoms, either dried or fresh, are relished by
An attractive lime green Cauliflower with very good flavour. It is a vigorous grower re
An attractive Pink plume Celosia with layered shades of soft Purply Pink that fade to b
Chinese stem lettuce primarily grown for its thick crisp stem and used sliced in stir f
Easily grown cottage garden favourite with honey scented soft thistle-like flowers in a
An upright annual, not a ground cover, like the Roman variety Chamaemelum nobile made f
French Parsley. One of the fine herbs of French cooking, it is grown for its subtle ani
Italian Heirloom. Fantastic, year round, upright growth which grazing animals, includin
Rossa trevigiana. A spectacular long slender-leaved variety that is green in the summer
Belgium Endive/Brussels Witloof (Flemish for 'white leaf'). This form of Chicory is gro
Breathtakingly hot chilli pepper with a hint of pineapple fruitiness and a crunchy text
Early ripening and prolific Jalapeno with an excellent flavour and spicy taste. Can be
Good performance of the broader leaf style of Chives makes this very suitable or proces
Chinese Chives, Gow Choy (Chinese) or Nira (Japanese). An attractive perennial closely
Chinese Tsai Shim / Choy Sum. Unlike normal varieties of pak-choi, the flowering stalks
A Chinese specialty known as Purple Stemmed Kailaan. Young plants produce numerous long
Clear Dark Red dwarf Coreopsis which flowers prolifically. The short flower stems are g
A slow bolting type with dark green foliage and good flavour. Might be of interest to o
An attractive cottage garden flower, once found extensively in corn fields, but now ext
Very similar to Watercress but much easier to grow. A Rosette of dark green, glossy, ro
Gherkins. Especially bred for pickling, these medium green cucumbers have solid crisp f
Compact bushy Cucumber vine that can be grown in containers, tubs or pots. Great for sm
A brilliant mixture of Pink, Red, Scarlet and White, clove scented flowers excellent fo
A good all round Dill with dark green foliage that's sweetly fragrant. Bred for growing
Plants have masses of bright Violet-Blue upturned bell-like flowers in clusters along b
Violetta di Firenze / Italian Lavender and White Eggplant. A beautiful and unusual Eggp
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