Clareville Nursery, owned by Lou and Steve Portman for the last 13 years, came from humble beginnings, with Steve’s Mum and Dad operating it as a small plant business from a wheelbarrow and honesty box over 30 years ago! Lou and Steve bought the business as they felt it would fit their personalities and passion for working with people and the outdoor environment. 

Clareville Nursery is focused on providing a superior quality product and a reasonable price and they want to reiterate the large amount and variety of stock they have on hand in their large nursery. Clareville Nursery, which Lou describes as Rewarding, Productive and Busy, sits on two acres and all this land is fully utilized for the business. They often hear the comment “We didn’t realise your nursery was so extensive.” 

Their best business tip is that any challenge can be met, you just need to think outside the square sometimes. Their favourite thing about Carterton is the amazing sense of community. They really appreciate how the people have always been amazingly supportive of them and the Nursery and they love the fact that if something happens in the community, the community rallies around together.

Check out Clareville Nursery and Garden Centre online at or Reach out to Lou and Steve on or 06-379 8604 or pop in store and take a look around, 3348 State Highway 2 Clareville, New Zealand 5713.