Stretching across 2800 square metres, the architecturally designed Kings Plant Barn Stonefields sets a new standard for plant shopping, boasting a light-filled café, an all-weather kids’ playground and a large outdoor garden centre, also undercover, as well as a series of immersive gardening experiences.
Thanks to the talented team at Cheshire Architects, the award-winning designers behind The Hotel Britomart, Kings Plant Barn Stonefields is leading the way in its green design. The building’s fixtures are locally made from sustainable timber, and solar panels provide the entirety of the store’s daytime energy. “Kings Plant Barn is committed to helping cultivate a greener future for New Zealand. From the building design to our operations, we’ve looked at all areas of the store through a sustainability lens to make it the most sustainable garden centre in the country,” says Kings Plant Barn General Manager Chris Hall. Water is recycled in the irrigation systems and the store boasts a fleet of electric vehicles. Alongside a range of fully compostable plant pots, there’s even an on-site recycling station to swap old pots, recycle labels and return soft plastics to be turned into garden beds and fence posts.
Visitors are welcomed into an airy, plant-filled atrium that feels like a natural sanctuary. “This is a garden centre like no other,” says architect Nat Cheshire. “The design sets out to define the future of garden centres and provide a platform for Kings to experiment with innovative and bright ideas.” Seasonal dishes from the licensed Garden Kitchen café feature local produce, with a ‘root-tostem’ approach informing many nourishing, plant-based options alongside baristamade coffee. The store’s modern playground is made to be enjoyed in any weather, and is built from sustainable and recycled materials.
Thoughtful & personal
The customer experience has always been at the heart of Kings Plant Barn, and the Stonefields store exemplifies this by giving visitors a number of interactive, personalised offerings. Pop by the DIY terrarium bar, or head to the potting-up station to get your plants potted in-store for a small fee. The store also supports local designers, showcasing products from a different Kiwi creative each month, with all profits going to the designer. Kings Plant Barn Stonefields is a one-stop shop for gardening advice. The carefully curated outdoor plant range features seasonal plants best suited to the Auckland climate, with a strong focus on organic gardening. Resident Plant Doctors are on-hand to advise, guide and help you grow well, and customers can join the Kings Garden Club, a plant-loving community with access to special events, exclusive offers and rewards.
Kings Plant Barn Stonefields is located at 86 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington, Auckland. Open 7 days a week.