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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Nurserymen and Fruiters

Nurserymen and Fruiters.

The Frimley Orchard, the centre of the fruit industry in Haweke's Bay, is situated about two miles from Hastings. The district of Hawke's Bay is pre-eminently suited for fruit growing, and in the neighbourhood of Hastings the land is extremely rich in quality, and being also of a sandy nature, is very suitable for fruit culture. Although occasionally late frosts are to be met with in the spring, arrangemnts have been made in the Frimley Orchard by which notice is given automatically when the temperature goes below a certain point. The district is peculiarly suited for stone fruits, peaches, apricots, and plums, but all fruits seem to grow well in Hawke's Bay. The Frimley Orchard is a mile long, and there are about eight rows of peach trees, extending its whole length. Mr. J. N. Williams originally planted a large area of peach trees, and he allowed any person who was interested in orchards to purchase a certain area of the peach orchard. Planting of fruit trees is still (1907) going on to a large extent, and Mr. Williams established a canning factory in the year 1904, close to the orchard. The buildings and plant have since been considerably extended, and there may be seen at the factory at the present time thousands of tins of preserved fruits and jams. The output of the factory is not confined to fruits and jams, but in the neighbourhood tomatoes are grown by the acre, and they are canned for consumption throughout the colony. Many acres of green peas are also grown, and these are put on the market in the most palatable form. The fruit from Frimley is sent to practically all parts of the southern end of the North Island. Every morning vast quantities are sent away by train, and not only is the fruit sent from Frimley Orchard, but fruit growers in the Hastings district have formed an association for the better distribution of their fruit, and they all send away fruit by train. The fruit industry in Hawke's Bay is one of the industries which the subdivision of land forces upon the attention of those who hold small areas, and probably no other form of land cultivation will give a larger yield per acre than the cultivation of fruit.

The Hawke's Bay Nurseries (Thomas Horton, proprietor), Frimley, Hastings. Head-quarters, Premier Nurseries, Pahiatua. The Hawke's Bay Nurseries are situated on the famous Frimley estate, and are near the Frimley Orchards and Canning Factory. Although recently established, this nursery is one of the largest in New Zealand, and consists of nearly forty acres of rich level land. In August, 1905, it was a bare ploughed paddock, but within a year twenty acres had been laid out as a nursery. All kinds of fruit trees, of the best varieties, including oranges, lemons, peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, quinces, and nuts of all kinds are grown in large quantities; also long-keeping varieties of apples, suitable for exporting purposes. There are also gooseberries of the best L.P. varieties, and currants (black, white, and red). Every description of hedge, shelter, and forest trees, including eucalyptus or gums, abies of many different kinds, acacias or wattles, and Oriental planes for avenu and street planting, are grown. The nursery contains about 250,000 pines of different species, 75,000 cupressus macrocarpas, and specimen trees in great variety. About 200,000 young trees of the robinia pseudo-acacia species, commonly called false or thorny acacia, have been planted. This tree bears a beautiful white westeria-like flower in November, and is a durable and valuable timber for posts and for wheelwright's work. Posts made from this
Brown and Ross, photo.Panoramic View of Mr. Horton's Hawke's Bay Nursery, Hastings.

Brown and Ross, photo.
Panoramic View of Mr. Horton's Hawke's Bay Nursery, Hastings.

Brown and Ross, photo.Main Entrance to Hawke's Bay Nursery.

Brown and Ross, photo.
Main Entrance to Hawke's Bay Nursery.

page 471 timber have been known to remain sound for twenty-five years. The beautiful Japanese maple, which is much admired for its fine foliage, is also grown. A specialty is made of the culture of roses, of which there are specimens of the best-known and latest varieties in cultivation. Climbing plants of all sorts are largely stocked, and native ferns, trees, and shrubs, receive special attention, and are grown extensively in pots, suitable for exportation to any part of the world. The nursery also contains herbaceous plants, bulbs, greenhouse and indoor decorative plants. There are large up-to-date glass-houses, a fine packing shed, and an office on the property.

Mr. Aaron Tomlinson, manager of the Hawke's Bay Nurseries, was born in England, in the year 1871. He came to New Zealand in the year 1892, and found employment in various nurseries for some time. Subsequently he was engaged by Mr. Thomas Horton, as nursery foreman at the Premier Nurseries, Pahiatua, and held that position until taking up the management of the Hawke's Bay Nurseries. Under the able supervision of Mr. Tomlinson these nurseries promise to be among the foremost in the colony, and a visit paid to them at any time of the year will prove both pleasant and interesting.

Brown and Ross, photo.Mr. A. Tomlinson.

Brown and Ross, photo.
Mr. A. Tomlinson.