Riverside Horticulture is a family business based in Rangiora, North Canterbury. It was one of the first nurseries in New Zealand, being established in 1855. The original company, Ivory Nurseries was set up by Mr William Ivory who arrived in Canterbury on the immigrant ship the Cashmere in 1855. The business has remained with family ownership and today, Andrew Dartnall, a descendant of Mr Ivory and a seventh generation horticulturist operates the nursery.


The 5acre Nursery facility comprises of a range of propagation houses where we propagate a wide range of plants, other large greenhouses through which the small plants continue there journey towards being ready for planting, and a large outdoor nursery zone where the plants are sufficiently hardened off prior to sale and planting. Riverside Horticulture also has over 2.5km of tree wire facility where we grow on a range of large trees for our markets.


The culture at Riverside is one of attention to detail throughout the whole production process and we pride ourselves on producing and supplying top quality plants with the best survival rates.

Why choose us?


Riverside Horticulture has grown to be a major leader in the South Island for the supply of native & exotic plants and contractor for re-vegetation projects.


Riverside operate an unbeatable daily delivery service around the Christchurch region which makes us an integral part of many landscapers operation.


Riverside is committed to the community, we’re happy to donate plants to school planting days e.t.c and work together with community groups to keep NZ beautiful

Riparian Planting

Riverside is committed to maintaining and cleaning up NZ beautiful waterways through expert planting consultation and project management. Be one step ahead today and contact Riverside Horticulture for an onsite consultation to discuss your riparian/environmental or rural planting program.

Contact Us

We can help you with your planting needs, please get in touch.