Dr Keith Hammett is New Zealand's leading professional breeder of ornamental plants.
Despite a scientific background and long research history Keith sees the creation of ornamental plants as an art form comparable to other areas of aesthetic activity.
As with these kindred interests, whether it is wine or painting, there is always some disjuncture between commerce and the connoisseur. We have found it increasingly difficult to reach the discerning plant lover with plants that do not meet the dictates of today's mass retail mentality.
This web site was originally set up to make special plants, bred by Keith, available to those who want something a little different.
Experience has reminded us that we are not a production company. Our core business is to breed new plants. There are limits to what we can handle efficiently. Furthermore, Keith wishes to make a wider contribution to the fabric of horticulture in New Zealand and beyond.
Keith undertakes science contracts and is currently Patron of the Auckland Horticultural Council.
For these reasons we want this site to be primarily a means of communication and not simply a shop window. We will try to fulfill our original aim of making plants and seed available, but only at specific times and for limited duration.
We would like to establish an email mailing list so that we are able to alert fellow enthusiasts when we have items available. We promise not to overwhelm you with messages.