Our father and father-in-law Cor Geerlings started his own dahlia nursery at the age of 22, just after the Second World War.
He settled in Heemstede on the edge of the bulb-growing region, a stone's throw from the dunes. A region known for its spirit soil. This sandy soil is extremely suitable for growing dahlias.
His first breeding success dates back to 1947, the birth year of the famous water lily dahlia "Glorie van Heemstede".
Many new acquisitions would follow later, such as; Cream Beauty, Yvonne, White Ballet, Pearl of Heemstede, Cornel, Jomanda, Ivanetti, etc.
A lifetime of work in dahlias has brought father Cor great successes and prizes.
Being allowed to become an honorary member of the English Dahlia Society was something he was very proud of.
After his death in 2012 (see In Memoriam), the company was continued by his son Jan and daughter-in-law Elly.
Jan who has been involved in all activities at the nursery all his life, at first under slight pressure and later out of pure fascination for these beautiful flowers. So it didn't take much to get this spark over to Elly, who has been actively cooperating at the nursery since 2010.
We put a lot of love and attention into our product. We still do most of the work by hand and that is why we dare to call ourselves a traditional company. We do everything together. Jan full-time in the company, Elly also works three days in education in addition to the work at home. All that, in combination with our family, means that we are always very busy.
When you come to our garden, you will surely bump into one of us. We are open to your questions and will answer you as best we can.
In short, we are a small company where things are done in an old-fashioned accessible way.
We hope that you will visit our show garden and that you will feel welcome.