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Here are some of our favourite books:


D&D bookTotara: A Natural and Cultural History

By Philip Simpson
Auckland University Press

Richly illustrated, this handsome book combines the ecological and cultural stories of one of New Zealandís most famous trees and identifies the important role that totara played in building New Zealand.

Membersí Price $67.50 and Free Delivery in New Zealand.

Available from Auckland University Press and Potton & Burton.



New Zealand’s Native Trees

By John Dawson & Rob LucasNZs Native Trees
Craig Potton Publishing

  • More than 320 species, subspecies and varieties, in 85 genera and 51 families
  • More than 2300 photographs, from close details to habitats and landscapes
  • An informative overview of the unique features of New Zealand’s forests and trees
  • 54 break-out features that tell the interesting stories about our native trees.

Described by Peter Arthur, former owner of Touchwood Books as:

"The most beautifully presented tree book I have ever seen and after 25 years of selling new and second-hand books about trees from around the world I cannot praise it more."

New Zealand’s Native Trees RRP
Standard Edition $NZ120.00
Deluxe Edition $NZ180.00


D&D bookThe Growing World of Duncan and Davies:
A horticultural history 1899–2010

By Alan Jellyman
Published by the Sir Victor Davies Foundation for Research into Ornamental Horticulture

In 1910 young Victor Davies, fresh out of his apprenticeship, signed a partnership agreement with New Plymouth nurseryman James Duncan and began a career that would make Duncan & Davies Nursery a household name in New Zealand and a much respected brand overseas.

Author Alan Jellyman has captured this story of a family business which, with its loyal and skilled staff, met the challenges of two World Wars, the Depression, the fickleness of domestic and international markets and the evolution of horticultural research, technology and management.

To order, send $60.00 (includes packing and freight within New Zealand) to:

The Secretary, Sir Victor Davies Foundation
8A Herapeka Street, Taupo 3330

For enquires, email inneda2@xtra.co.nz

Plant_PukeitiPlants of Pukeiti Forest

By Dr Marion MacKay
Printed by Massey University

Published by Marion MacKay as Fantails Publishing, Manawatu

This comprehensive 585 page work is on the native and exotic flora in the conservation forest at Pukeiti, featuring around 275 species. This work is about the flora in the forest and does not include the rhododendron collection.

Each species is illustrated with a combination of scanned herbarium samples and photographs, many showing the smaller details of identification of each species. Notes on identification are provided.

Of the 275 species illustrated, there are about 60 species of ferns, 20 orchids, 130 perennial herbs (42 monocots and 79 dicots), and 75 woody species. This is a limited print run so order now to secure your copy.

To order, send $185.00 (includes packing and freight within New Zealand) to:

Marion MacKay, PO Box 57, Tokomaru 4864, Manawatu.

For enquires, email m.b.mackay@massey.ac.nz

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Plant DoctorThe New Zealand Plant Doctor

By Andrew Maloy
Published by New Holland

This title has been available since 2009 but also well worth mentioning.

It was written by Andrew Maloy, Weekend Gardener magazine Plant Doctor, and associate editor and past Chairman of the RNZIH.

This book is a compilation of Andrew's answers to the gardening questions sent in by readers of Weekend Gardener.

He offers sound and practical advice on eradicating disease, pest and weed control, spraying, feeding and more. From organic remedies to approved chemicals, Andrew gives sensible and proven remedies tailored to New Zealand gardens.

RRP $25.99


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