Having started growing their own roses simply to supply their florist shop, Paul and wife Lyn soon expanded the business when joined by daughter Michelle in 2000 to meet the ever-increasing demand for their quality product. Michelle's husband Ian Kempthorne joined full-time in 2006 .They are all actively involved of the day-to-day running of K&L Nurseries, and the business is still closely aligned to Paul and Lyn’s shop, Andrea’s Florists, in Avonhead.
Specialising in Gerberas and Roses, K&L Nurseries produces more than 2 million stems of cut flowers per year, selling them through wholesale auction houses and distributing them to retail clients across the South Island. Their ongoing link to the retail side of the industry provides them with unique insights into market trends, allowing them to plan ahead and tailor their growing schedule to meet the ever-evolving needs of their clients.
Committed to an energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly approach, the Polytechnic BioMass Boiler, which runs on woodchips rather than coal, is the first of its kind to be utilised by flower growers in New Zealand, while they go to great pains to ensure only the safest sprays are used on their flowers.
Long-standing relationships with some of the world’s most renowned breeders, along with a commitment to consistently reviewing, adapting, and enhancing the way they operate, has allowed K&L Nurseries to enjoy consistent growth over the last decade, with the company now producing more than 70% of the South Island’s supply of Gerberas. They’re also active in the professional community as members of both Interflora and NZFGA ,and enjoy a strong association with Farmlands.