Marina is most likely the person who will answer the phone when you call, and your emails when you write.
With over 20 years in customer service, Marina is very passionate about serving people.
Marina left the North Island at 17 to study at Canterbury University. After completing a degree in psychology she went to work for CLEAR Communication as a trainer in all things telephone. From there she went on to work for the NZ Institute of Management as a corporate trainer. In the midst of her working life, she met and married farmer Craig Shearer and moved to Spring Farm.
Marina suggested the move to specialising in Rhododendrons and has been the passionate creator of all of RhodoDirect's websites. Marina continues to run seminars in customer service.
While agreeing with Craig that there would be no gardens in their marriage, Marina was bitten with gardening on the same visit to Woodchester Rhododendron Garden, made in the first year of their marriage.
Marina is the Customer Services face of RhodoDirect and will be delighted to meet and help everyone who contacts them.
"While it was Craig that did the hard work of planting, and continues to do the hard work of watering, fertilising, pruning etc it was Marina who chose the colours and planned the layouts of the gardens. "We didn't trust ourselves in the beginning" says Marina "we had two landscapers come in and create plans, but in the end, we gave up on the plans and just did our own thing, but it did take a few years for us to gain confidence in the fact that we actually knew what to do."
Craig is a carer of all things living. For 30 years he has been caring for sheep and cattle, rhododendrons came a little later.
Craig is one of those men for whom you can honestly say "he is at one with the earth". Craig loves farming, it is in his blood, he is a third generation farmer. Craig works at Mt Paul, his father's large sheep and cattle farm during the day. Every evening Craig returns from Mt Paul and does another nearly full days work caring for the RhodoDirect nursery.
Visitors to the nursery comment on how fantastic our plants look, that is all because of the care and nurture that Craig provides. He is a diligent water man, sprinklers are rotated and turned off and on, with the last shift often taking place in the middle of the night. He isn't Mr Automatic, so he puts his feet up, relaxes by the telly, and shoots off every few hours to change over the watering to ensure the entire nursery is completely watered - every day!
RhodoDirect owes the quality of the plants to the care and diligence of Craig.
Craig is also the gardener at RhodoDirect, he takes care of all the spraying, peastrawing (sometimes with a team of helpers...) and the creation of new gardens.
|It was Craig who began the garden at Spring Farm over 17 years ago. After visiting Woodchester and being smitten with rhodos, he came back to his own property and started planning the first of many gardens. Craig started with the only hill that was on the property, but gave up when the water requirements seemed too much for the hillside, he converted his first rhodo garden into a conifer garden, which is thriving very well with conifers now. Craig is one of the hardest workers on the planet. All that you see when you visit RhodoDirect was created by one man's work|