Oderings is a 100% New Zealand privately owned family business of six generations spanning over 90 years. We currently have 9 branches nationwide, five in Christchurch and four in the North Island. Oderings employ over 170 staff nationwide and this September we celebrate our 90th birthday.
How it all began
Oderings was started in 1929 by Alfred Odering and his son Raymond when they purchased a empty section in Stourbridge Street, Spreydon, Christchurch.
Tomato plants and fruits were their first crop followed later with ferns, begonias, lily bulbs and flowers. Rapid progress through to the 50's meant that Oderings had grown and become prominent florists in Christchurch, as well as wholesaling to Woolworths and McKenzies with bedding and veggie bundles..
By 1950 Oderings were arguably the largest grower of bedding plants in Christchurch and in this year Raymond's son Donald joined the family business, eventually taking over as managing director in 1956. In 1984 Oderings opened its second retail garden centre at Philpotts Road, Christchurch.
In the 70's, 80's and 90's, Donald and Isobel's children were now involved in the business and worked in tandem with him in opening more Oderings retail stores and wholesale growing sites. Although to this day Isobel still works in the company in 2000 Donald retired and has been succeeded by three of his and Isobel's five children Darryn, Angela and Julian.
Donald's children were now involved in the business and were in tandem with him in the rapid progress in opening another six stores throughout the 80's and 90's. In 2000 Donald retired and has been succeeded by four of his and Isobel's children who throughout the 21st century thus far have opened four more branches, one of these replacing the old Ferry Road store.
Oderings as a company have a passion for plants. Our continuing success will depend of doing what we do best; growing and selling plants and passing on our vast knowledge and experience onto our customers. We are looking to expand into other areas in both the North and South Island, and are working hard behind the scenes to ensure our growing areas can support this growth.
From the Oderings Family to you our fantastic customers, we thank you for supporting and choosing to shop with us. We hope to be of service to you and your family for at least another 90 years to come.