Our story

Forgotten Fruits is a small family run and operated business established over 9 years ago. Our story begins in 1997 when Benji decided to become a nursery man. His passion for providing communities with the know how of feeding families with healthy, heirloom fruit is coupled with his love of developing gardens and orchards which coexist in harmony with both their surroundings and the owners who tend and care for them. After a several years of being the sole supplier to Koanga Gardens, Benji decided to go out on his own and to expand his passion to the design and implementation of unique and special gardens and orchards.

The nursery is situated on the Tara, a rich pocket of volcanic soil which situated between Kaiwaka & Mangawhai, Northland. Every year new varieties are added to our catalogue and the emphasises is on growing hardy varieties for all of New Zealand but especially the warmer Northland climates. Forgotten Fruits Nursery specialises in apples, pears, plums, peaches, figs nectarines, apricots, almonds and persimmons.

SPECIALISist IN PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPES

Our experience in this field has given us the skills and knowledge to read a land’s capabilities for orchard production which allows us to help clients find the best sites and the best trees for long-term results with low maintenance in mind. Ongoing support and maintenance programs also helps clients benefit with a healthier and more productive orchard. We develop private gardens, school gardens, orchards, semi-commercial orchards and lifestyle blocks who are looking to supply market growers or personal production.

Our services include:

HEIRLOOM FRUIT TREE SUPPLY ~
Specially selected tree varieties are raised, propagated and grafted by the Forgotten Fruit nursery

ORCHARD DESIGN AND CONSULTANCY  ~
Detailed plans and advice on how to get the best from your land

PLANTING, PRUNING AND MAINTENANCE ~
The Forgotten Fruit planting method is unique and they also provide pruning services and education

THE BENEFITS OF A PROFESSIONALLY PRUNED ORCHARD INCLUDE:

  • Correct tree structure for bearing fruit
  • Maximum light and wind penetration
  • Controls tree size for harvesting fruit
  •  Increases overall quality, size and colour of fruit

CONTACT US TO BOOK A CONSULTATION AND/OR PRUNING

Benji & Laura woodman