The Lyne family is business driven by a genuine love of gardening, the tropics and the Territory.


Tigers is a n NT business owned and operated by the Lyne family, who have resided and worked in the Northern Territory for more than 30 years. You’ll meet john Melynna and Baden when you visit Tigers.

The families history in pottery can be traced back to 1948 when the Lyne family moved from Sydney to Western Australia. Harold (Dad) Lyne, a Geologist, became Managing Director of Clackline Refactories, a brickworks about 80km from Perth.

The factories main product line was crucibles, a kind of pot used for pouring molten metals. You can see a couple of them just outside Tigers office. The first housebricks produced at Clackline Refactories went to construct the RSL hall in nearby Northam, a prominent wheat belt town in WA. Harold passed away in 1973.

Son John Lyne, a principal partner , was formerly General Manager of Tropigro Pty Ltd. In that role John developed and manufactured over 30 products in The NT. Many of them were listed in Department stores like K Mart and Big W, a first for a Territory Company. John left Tropigro after 23 years service.

John, Melynna and Baden Lyne started Tigers Pots and Water Gardens in 1998, more than 14 years ago.

John has made a significant contribution to gardening and beautification in Darwin and the NT in his career:


  • Past President of the Nursery and Garden Industry of the NT
  • Past Chairman of Project Garden City Committee
  • KAB Darwin Citizen of the Year (1983)
  • A founding ,member “The Garden Fair” in the botanic Gardens
  • A past President of the Keep Australia Beautiful Council (NT) Inc.