Our people

The Greenery is run by Tina Mullins, an experienced garden designer and landscape manager. Tina combines a passion for natural aesthetics with design nous and a down-to-earth approach. To Tina, a spade is a spade and the beginning of something good growing.

Tina has behind her a wealth of experience in garden retail and landscape design (and in amenity horticulture, which means making public space plantings really work). She’s worked for over 20 years in small and large businesses as well as local government – from 2005 to 2011 Tina was Horticulture and Biodiversity Advisor for Porirua City Council.

Sweeney Environments

Alongside Tina is Grant Irving and a partner company Sweeney Environments, which specialises in landscape ecological planning, design, and implementation. Grant has added qualifications in natural resource management to his earlier experience in landscape horticulture, and has a strong track record of over two decades planning and implementing significant natural vegetation projects. His recent focus has been on coastal restoration and wetland recovery.

Tina and Grant are Wellington locals – they both grew up in the city’s northern suburbs, and after travelling the world and training in their disciplines, they settled on the Kapiti coast as the best place to grow their family and their businesses.

Our place

The Greenery has sprung up new on the site of the former, renowned Pukehou garden centre (winner of Garden Centre of the Year 2001).

Tina and Grant are creating a hub here: for garden retail, wholesale, landscape and natural resource management.

Keeping the Pukehou tradition alive is important to Tina and Grant. They’re preserving the space and grace of the former centre, particularly its elegantly established country garden. Customers are welcome to picnic in the grassy grove, as they used to do. There’s a swing too now, and a giant green trampoline.

Our approach

Our aim is to set out a great range of quality plants in a place where you have space and time to make good choices: about design, about planting, about what lives around you.

We offer as much information as you like: we’ll help you make your selection, provide tips and tricks to get things to grow, help you plan layouts and overall planting schemes. Or we’ll just let you wander the leafy aisles in the quiet of the coast.