Welcome To Nichols

We are open 7 days: 8.30am - 5.30pm

"Welcome to Nichol's!

WE ARE OTAGO AND SOUTHLANDS LEADING INDEPENDENT GARDEN RETAILER.

Our three modern garden centres are located in Dunedin, Invercargill and Cromwell, each boasting a cafe, florist, landscaping centre and offering a landscape design and construction service.

We stock a comprehensive range of not only plants, seedlings, trees, shrubs and perennials, but also giftware, home wares, gardening hardware and care products, as well as lifestyle products such as outdoor furniture and water features.

We are an award winning company aYour Linknd have been judged amongst the best garden centres in New Zealand as well as winning numerous advertising and marketing awards.

We welcome you to come in and visit us and find out why we are amongst the best in garden retailing."

Rhys Gibbs, General Manager

Current In-STORE Specials

Above products on special until 5.30pm Sunday 5 October 2014.

What's On

JOIN US FOR AN UPCOMING WORKSHOP:

4 October 
Strawberries & Soft Fruits Workshop

11 October
Potato Workshop

18 October 
Growing Salad Greens Workshop

Workshops run on Saturdays
in-store:
Dun & INV 10.30am, CROM 2pm

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

  current competitions

To celebrate spring in the garden Tui are giving you the chance to win a foodie and gardener's dream weekend with Annabel Langbein worth over $5000! Simply buy any Tui product from Nichol’s and enter in-store or online.
Click here to find out more and to enter

BE IN TO WIN
A Yates Retro prize pack valued at $300.

Simply purchase any Yates product
at Nichol's and go into the draw.
Visit www.yates.co.nz
for full terms and conditions.

garden consultation service

Save yourself money – get the right advice for the right plants, for your garden!

Want a great garden, but just don’t know where to start?
Not sure what plants to choose?
Do you have an existing garden that needs a little inspiration?
Not certain what plants will thrive at your place?

Want a great garden, but just don’t know where to start?
Not sure what plants to choose?
Do you have an existing garden that needs a little inspiration?
Not certain what plants will thrive at your place?

If you have answered YES to any of the above, try our Garden Consultation Service. Click here for more information.

SEPTEMBER GARDENING

Welcome to spring!

The daffodils are out. Spring blossom is abundant. The days are brighter and warmer and I just can’t wait to venture into the garden.
There is a bit of preparation required in the garden, but nothing too taxing, as we shed the winter coat and embrace the spring season.
As I walk through the garden centre I can’t help getting a whiff of the beautiful daphne. These highly fragrant plants have a powerful sweet scent and are available in pink or white flowers – a must have for every garden and can be grown in a pot!
Another fragrant beauty  at this time of year is the brown boronia (boronia megastigma). One of the most loved fragrances of spring and always a winner. Though they have a reputation of being a short lived shrub it is important to know that they are an Australian bog plant and enjoy a cooler semi-shaded place in the garden. Many of us kill them with kindness by planting them in the warmest sunniest spot in the garden and their roots frizzle in the all-day sun.
If the scent of sweet peas matter to you we have an enchanting selection of Dr Hammet perfumed sweet pea plants as well as old fashioned favourites.
Prepare the vegetable garden by digging in plenty of compost, rake the ground level then leave for a few days to allow the sun to warm the soil before planting.
Plant a few early potatoes such as jersey benne, liseta, rocket or swift and you will be enjoying new potatoes at Christmas. Plant them in a row approximately 15cm in depth and about 25cm apart with sprouts pointing upwards. As the potato grows it is important to mound the soil up over the emerging leaves for as long as you can, because the new potatoes are produced on their stems.
Plant lettuce plants every three or four weeks from spring to late summer. Regular watering is needed during the summer months for a sweet mild flavour because dryness will give them a bitter taste. Lettuces are the slugs and snails favourite snack so don’t forget to scatter some Watkins Slug Slam.
Carrots and parsnips need to be sown in soil that is deep and well drained then thinned to 10cm apart when quite small.
Onions grow best in well worked soil that has been firmed down before the seed is sown. Sow onions in a position that receives all day sunshine to give them the best chance to bulb up and ripen while there is plenty of heat in the autumn soil. In autumn bend the tops over to help the ripening of the onion bulb.
In the Green House
Complete changing of the soil in the greenhouse should not be an issue unless over time disease has become more of a problem. Soil can become depleted of nutrients so plenty of Nichol’s Compost and Tui Tomato Mix worked into the soil can boost it back into life. Soil, like us, can get tired and sick but if it is fed regularly it will keep healthy and produce healthy plants.
Tomato plants are now available so those with a greenhouse get a head start!
Choose tomato plants that have a short space between leaf joints. Plants that are tall and puny have been grown in overcrowded conditions stretching for light and will never thrive or fruit well.

The daffodils are out. Spring blossom is abundant. The days are brighter and warmer and I just can’t wait to venture into the garden. There is a bit of preparation required in the garden, but nothing too taxing, as we shed the winter coat and embrace the spring season.

As I walk through the garden centre I can’t help getting a whiff of the beautiful daphne. These highly fragrant plants have a powerful sweet scent and are available in pink or white flowers – a must have for every garden and can be grown in a pot!

Another fragrant beauty at this time of year is the brown boronia (boronia megastigma). One of the most loved fragrances of spring and always a winner. Though they have a reputation of being a short lived shrub it is important to know that they are an Australian bog plant and enjoy a cooler semi-shaded place in the garden. Many of us kill them with kindness by planting them in the warmest sunniest spot in the garden and their roots frizzle in the all-day sun. 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...

kids activities - recycled garden art

We make sure our activities are connected to nature in some way, not only to keep the kids busy, but hopefully to also educate them a little along the way.

growing rewards - loyalty programme

Become a part of Nichol’s Growing Rewards! It’s absolutely FREE to join and you will soon be enjoying the amazing benefits it has to offer. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Gardening is our business, so don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. 

tui garden problem solver

Having troubles gardening? Check out Tui's fantastic Garden Problem Solver on thier website: http://www.tuigarden.co.nz/garden-problem-solver

winter gardenz


Check out our NZ designed & made Winter Gardenz greenhouse display model in-store.

Click here to view their brand new website www.wintergardenz.co.nz