Cor Boumeester grows more than 400 different varieties of perennials, and produces a mind-boggling seven million plants each year, many of which are offered in the Dutch Gardens catalog.
Cor Geerlings—Meet a longtime dahlia breeder who hopes to create the
first blue dahlia.
Jan Ligthart—A self-taught tulip breeder.
John Boots—Meet the man who introduced the Super Parrot Tulip.
Ge Rooyakkers—The Rooyakkers family grows millions of lilies, tulips,
hyacinths, iris, alliums and daffodils on more than 150 acres in Holland's
Northern Bulb Growing District.
Gerrit Preyde—"Daffodils are the real harbingers of spring. They tell you that winter is truly over."
Frank Hulsebosch—"Even with so many daffodil varieties already on the market, there's still room for new and improved varieties."
Gerard Heemskerk—Looking for perennials in amazing new colors and forms.
Nic Mak—Learn what it takes to create a new lily hybrid.
René Rotteveel—Goodwill ambassador for dahlias.
Peter Troch—The Begonia Merchant.
Dick Groot—Gladiolus purveyor to the world.
Rob Bischops—Meet the man who grows several of the Dinnerplate Dahlia varieties that we sell.
Piet Groot—Like many Dutch bulb growers, he grew up on a bulb farm and began his career by growing out bulbs that he collected in the fields after the harvest was over.
Theo Aanholt—Unlike most of the growers who supply Dutch Gardens, Theo Aanholt did not come from a bulb-growing family. He began his career as a middleman between growers and Holland's flower auction houses. As a hobby, Theo began breeding gladiolus and he soon became a sought-after specialist.
Ton Peter van Nieuwkerk—He fell in love with the beauty of amaryllises when it came time to choose a career and, since then, has dedicated himself to the challenging task of breeding new varieties. He has concentrated on producing better color, improved form and shorter stalk length.
Jan van den Berg—Jan is the fourth generation of his family to work in the bulb-growing business, taking over the family business when he was just 19 years old. During his tenure, the area under cultivation has expanded from 4 to 130 acres, and Jan now produces hundreds of varieties of tulips, daffodils, lilies and specialty bulbs.
K.P. deGeus—K.P. deGeus and his wife grow more than 100 acres of bulbs on their farm. Annually they produce a staggering 3 million daffodils, 15 million tulips and 20 million irises.
Hennie de Ruiter—A love of peonies inspired this Dutch grower to develop one of the largest and most respected peony farms in the world.
Franz van Lierop—Frans van Lierop and his four brothers operate a company that was founded by their father 50 years ago. The third generation—six grandsons—is now entering the business.
Jan Pennings—Meet the man who recognized the qualities of the Replete daffodil.
Cor van der Hulst—He began his career in the bulb-growing business with about 400 pounds of crocus bulbs. Today he grows 12 acres of crocus bulbs—and harvests about 4 million of them every year.
Theo Ammerlaan—On his farm in northern Holland, Ammerlaan tends 200 acres of tulips, daffodils, lilies and other bulbs.
Hein Huyg—Hein Huyg's family has been growing tulips on the same 85-acre farm in northern Holland since 1913.
Kees de Goede —Kees de Goede specializes in unusual bulbs, such as calochortus.
Arnold Van Peteghem—The Van Peteghem family grows more than 7 million begonia tubers each year.
Jack de Vroomen—Jack de Vroomen's family has been growing bulbs and perennials in Holland since 1925.
Cor Bouwmeester—Meet the grower who developed the Purple Emperor Sedum.