Born in Gloucestershire England, Hay was the son of the founder of Montpellier Nurseries and introduced Pinus Radiata to New Zealand. He was an authority on plants and held senior positions in the Auckland Horticulture Society and the New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.
After his Father’s death he continued the nursery and expanded it bringing into New Zealand a variety of fruit trees, such as the Californian plum and the Japanese plum. The nursery was well-known throughout Europe, America and Australia.
He died at his home in Seaview Road Remuera in 1933, having retired in 1926 to write gardening articles for the New Zealand Herald, and judge horticultural society events throughout New Zealand. David Alexander Hay 1856-1933 is buried in Block E, Row 38, Plot 031.
David Alexander HAY
Block E, Row 38, Plot 031.