Our family has spent the past ten years developing our property, known as Owhanake Bay Estate. Nourish Gardens is part of Owhanake Bay Estate. Nourish Gardens includes a flower farm, a small scale food forest, and a variety of other edible and medicinal gardens. Sharing our place with others and providing inspirational education and experiences through workshops, tours, and courses is also a significant part of Nourish Gardens.
Our food forest garden development. The first photo shows the garden in 2010, the second photo was taken in 2016.
We produce high quality Syrah wine sold under our ‘Owhanake Bay Estate’ label. Wine is also available from our cellar door.
We supply specialty flowers to florists on Waiheke and in Auckland. We also sell flowers at several retail locations on Waiheke Island, and open our own flower shop on site at the flower farm on Saturdays when the flowers are in season.
Flower and grape production go well together, and we enjoy both very much. Flowers and wine make the perfect gift and we can supply both!
Christy is the gardener and teacher. She also enjoys writing and photographing to document our journey.
Mike is the creative problem solver and makes sure everything keeps running smoothly.
We aim to put into practice our beliefs and commitment to ideas of sustainable small scale diversity, with an emphasis on resilience to cope with whatever what may come our way. Taking care of our environment, and contributing in a positive way to our local community is very important to us.
Our son lends a hand when called for and is particularly happy when it means a contribution to pocket money.
Our daughter is our chicken whisperer, and takes great joy in looking after our flock, and raising baby chickens by hand.
We know that we are incredibly privileged to work and live in such a beautiful place. We delight in sharing it with others, and providing the knowledge and inspiration to others for their own special spaces.