The Client & The Solution
Waimea Nurseries is the leading producer for fruit, nut, berry and ornamental trees for the consumer market in New Zealand. These products are distributed through garden centres and chain stores nationwide. Every item has been specially selected to fill a particular niche, from fruit gardens and home orchards to public landscapes and structural features in private gardens.
HotHouse built a custom CMS in the Silverstripe framework. We used the Silverstripe Subsites module to create a consumer focused Home Gardeners site, a site for Commercial Growers as well as Variety Management and Export info. These all have their own unique URL while sharing the installation and database.
An online catalogue of the Waimea Nursery trees has been developed using taxonomy, with related information including planting / sowing times, related trees, pollinators, reviews and stockists map. The blog module was configured for "How to Guides" with Disqus commenting integrated.
The consumer site also has a log in area for members to sign up and create a wishlist of products to take along to garden centers and order their desired trees. We also created a small mini cart to sell online the Waimea Growing Guide magazine which HotHouse also designed.