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 with a smile in our lovely gift shop here at Décor Gardenworld. If you are in search of gifts for that special someone, she can offer great choices and direct you to items in your price point. If you are looking for indoor plants to spruce up your home decor, or what plants clean the air, or what plants are more easy-care, then Kerry has a wealth of expertise in this particular area. Kerry is also wonderful at gift-wrapping and making that present look extra special.
Heather has 16 years of Horticultural experience and she is particularly interested in trees, shrubs and plants for containers. Heather is the person to assist you, if you have plant that is not growing properly, or with pest and disease control. 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 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 is very creative and you will see her amazing visual displays throughout the garden centre. If you need help with plant selection, putting a container or hanging basket together, or anything else that requires a more visual display idea, Karen is the ideal person to chat with.
Sandi will cheerfully assist you in our gift shop. Sandi is fabulous at listening to her clients and then helping them find the perfect gift. Sandi has a great appreciation of natural and healthy products and has a wealth of knowledge to advise and offer suggestions.
With an extensive and broad knowledge of all things gardening, including a Dip in Horticulture - Nursery Management, Cert in Organic Growing, Dip Environmental Skills - Maureen is well known to many of our customers who need her advise! Maureen is normally found in the garden centre directing clients to the best plants for their particular gardens, or recommending products that would help their existing plants.
'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. If you are thinking of a BBQ- Gail owns one of our amazing Ziggy BBQ's and she not only is a 'fan' , she has a wealth of knowledge on the product and will also share her favourite recipes on the grill! Gail will tell you, she is working her dream job!