Our Story

How our little dream began...

We're two local Waiuku Mums who run our beautiful shop together, amongst the chaos of busy kids and family. We both have a strong passion and dream for Botanica on Bowen. We absolutely love our shop, and love our job - if you could call it that!

We met about 4 years ago at one of the local markets. Dee had her business 'Rimu Gully' - which sold beautiful handmade soaps, candles, beeswax wraps and balms. Kendal had a her business 'The Foliage Box' - which was a collection of unique indoor plants and pretty planters. As our little businesses grew, we got chatting and talked about the future, what were our dreams - we both dreamt of a little shop in our hometown.  We found an opportunity - an empty corner shop just off the main street of Waiuku...it was perfect! Although nervous as we were right amongst lockdowns and covid outbreaks - we bit the bullet and decided to give it a shot. Our own shop...and we've never looked back!

Keeping within our botanical theme, our range has expanded, and we've got something for almost everyone. We also have recently started our 'Masterclass Series', a series of hands-on events, where you can make and learn something new, alongside friends, expert advice, gourmet food and fine wine too!

We're still growing, excited to what the future holds for us and our wee shop! Pop in to our shop next time you're in Waiuku - and see what we're all about x

What We Love:

Kendal's Favourites

Skincare Product - Greenstone Soap by Rimu Gully & Hand Cream by NZ Botanicals

Local Waiuku Business - Olive & Eve

Another NZ Small Business - ARIA haircare

Food - Thai

Local Food - GF Caramel Slice at Cafe Karma & Savoury Muffin at Cafe Alba

Outdoor Plant - Ponga Tree

Indoor Plant - Black Zamioculcas (ZZ)

Hobbies - Bush walking, dancing, shopping, reading

Last Holiday with the family - Pauanui

Destination - Paihia, Bay of Islands

Love to visit next? Any tropical island!

Bug/Insect/Bird in the Garden - Tui & Fantail

Beautiful NZ walk you have done - Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough Sounds

Dee's Favourites

Skincare Product - Rimu Gully The Goods Face Serum

Local Waiuku Business - Partially Organised Life

Another NZ Small Business - Black Batch Ceramics

Food - Mc Donalds

Local Food - Bacon & Egg BAP from Cafe Karma

Outdoor Plant - Rimu Tree

Indoor Plant - Weeping Fig

Hobbies - Gardening, reading, exploring NZ

Last Holiday with the family - Lake Rotoma

Destination - Matarangi Beach

Love to visit next? - Stewart Island

Bug/Insect/Bird in the Garden - Honeybee

Beautiful NZ walk you have done - Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park


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