About Leafy Hollow

In October 2005 we, Pauline & Robert Livesey, purchased an established garden, lavender and rosemary propagation nursery in Waiuku, South Auckland, and became custodians of the North Island Lavender Collection.

Our aim was to restore the gardens to their former glory providing a fragrant, beautiful tourist attraction and continue to build upon the work of former owner, Peter Carter, by offering the greatest selection of lavender species in New Zealand.

Since then we have become full-time lavender growers making many changes to our slice of paradise. In addition to the existing lavender nursery we now have display areas, planted more rows of lavender, developed a workshop for product-making and the large cottage garden is flourishing.

We run workshops for small groups, entertain large groups with tours and talks and, during the winter months, get out and about the Auckland area to talk to a range of social groups. We don't have much time to sleep!

Our plants have been imported from all over the world. Leafy Hollow holds a collection of over 200 cultivars. Only a selection are advertised for sale at any one time. If you can't see what you are looking for in our catalogue contact us. We may be able to help.

New Zealand Lavender Growers Association

Pauline is an active member of New Zealand Lavender Growers Association. The association works with growers to achieve a defined standard for New Zealand lavender oil and to continue with further research projects which will benefit the industry. Please visit the Association's website www.lavender.org.nz.


In the words of some of our visitors & buyers:

~Great tour through a great garden. Enjoyed the visit and learnt a lot - Auckland Herb Society

~Loved it to pieces. Will come back. - Claire (Manurewa)

~Very, very nice. A credit to you. - Karen and David (Western Australia)

~Beautiful - Amelia (South Africa)

~Lovely gardens. Great for children to explore. - Laura, Eve, Brianna, Ali (Waiuku)

~Thank you so much for having us - a wonderful day - Bombay Garden Circle (Auckland)

~Thank you so very much for the lavender diffuser I received today. I love it 💖
And the smell is drifting upstairs too so will be very pleasant sleeping tonight. - Linda (Great Barrier Island)

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