Meet the Team


Laurie, together with his wife Lois, was the 'visionary' of Decor Gardenworld.  He was the founder of Decor Gardenworld (Tauranga Decor Garden Centre) which he established from nothing in 1967!  Back then Decor was way out in the countryside - quite a different story now!

Sadly, Laurie passed away on 31st July 2014.

Laurie was a wealth of knowledge and a man with a great sense of humour and foresight.  
Laurie held a National Diploma of Horticulture N.D.H (NZ). After commencing his horticultural career as an apprentice with the Auckland City Council Park Department in 1950, he later moved to higher responsibilities including staff management, apprenticeship training and civic displays for the Royal Family and other dignitaries.  In 1967 Laurie saw a change in career direction with the establishment of Décor Garden Centre on its current site. 

Laurie is sadly missed by all who had the honour of knowing him.

DAVID CLARK – Managing Director

Dave has had many years of experience in the horticultural industry and is actively involved in the day to day running of business here at Décor Gardenworld.  Dave has vast plant knowledge and can assist you with your plant and product selection.  Mass planting? If you are looking for larger quantities of plants then Dave can source them direct and pass on the savings to you! Please contact us for more information. 

GINNY CLARK – Director and Landscape Designer
Dip Hort, Dip Parks and Garden Tech.

Ginny has many years of experience in the landscape design and retail garden centre industry.  She has worked and travelled extensively overseas and has been involved in a number of high profile central London parks, private gardens and estates.  Many Tauranga homes have benefited from Ginny’s design input and have withstood the test of time.  Ginny has extensive plant and local knowledge.  Currently she has an “Outdoor Lifestyle” radio show on Saturday and Tuesday mornings on Newstalk ZB and can be found at Décor as part of the team, either developing garden design plans, or helping customers with their plant selection.  Ginny is great at sourcing plants, gifts, water features and renovating and developing gardens and landscapes.


Kerry will greet you in our lovely gift shop here at Décor Gardenworld.  If you are in search of gifts or plants for indoors –Kerry can assist.  If you are looking for something special in the gift line, we can organise to order for you. In addition Kerry, will point you in the right direction in the house plant department. Whether it be something for your office, living room, kitchen or bathroom, she will find you just the right thing.


Stephen is passionate about garden design and plant selection and will help you select  just the right plants for the right places, so that you can have the ultimate garden and one you would be proud to show to your family and friends. He loves to work closely with you, so bring in any ideas or photographs you may have, and he will surely inspire you to create your own piece of paradise.  With many years of practical experience, he can work with you not only on a 'new build'  but also renovation. Want some pots and plants to dress up your patio areas? Ask Stephen. He is more than happy to help you to your car with those heavy items, so pop by and say Hi!


Heather is a wealth of information when it comes to plants. Heather has 16 years of Horticultural experience and she is particularly interested in fruiting plants, ornamental trees, shrubs and flowering perennials.  She is also a whiz at putting together just the right thing for your patio pots. She has the Level 4 National Horticultural Certificate and the Certificate in Garden Centre Retailing from the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.  Heather is full of great planting ideas so make sure you seek her out while visiting Décor Gardenworld!


Sacha brings her expertise to the office. 


Karen is a trained florist and has a talent for putting together great plant combinations and pot/container plantings. Karen has comprehensive knowledge and experience of all things gardening and will gladly help you with all your planting and pest/disease control advice to ensure you get the right plants and products for your requirements. Karen can also assist with your selection of colourful annuals and vegetable and herb plant selections.


Maria will cheerfully assist you in our gift shop.  She's happy to help with all your gift buying and offer ideas for the perfect gift, if required.


Maureen has a broad understanding of all things gardening in the BOP. With a Dip in Horticulture - Nursery Management, Cert in Organic Growing, Dip Enviromental Skills - She is able to advise you on your plant selection, pest and disease control and is well known to many of our customers for her cheerful helpfulness and broad knowledge of all things gardening.


Raewyn has a huge wealth of knowledge and experience and will gladly help with advice or give a few ideas for your home and garden. You will find her cheerfully helping customers in our busy shop with their gift and plant selection.


'Therapeutic' is how Gail would describe her passion for gardening. Gail enjoys all aspects of gardening and is happy to assist you not only in the Garden Centre, but also in the Gift Shop; where her talent in merchandising and helping find the 'perfect' gift' is well known to her repeat clients. Gail will tell you, she is working her dream job!

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