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Celebrating 60 years of bulb growing

Did you know we've been a family business for 60 years this year ?

NZ Bulbs is part of Aorangi Bulb Nurseries, started by Len and Margaret Hoek in 1957.  Len emigrated from Holland in 1954 and it didn't take long for him to put down roots and call New Zealand home.   Margaret is a kiwi girl born and bred in Palmerston North.  Len and Margaret both still work every day in the nursery, great proof that gardening is a healthy lifestyle.

That's Len on the left in a field of tulips at the nursery about 50 years ago with my sister and myself.  Margaret is a little camera shy.  I'm showing off my curls a bit more while modelling my blue outfit in the daffodils below left... and my two sons, below, seemed just as keen to be among the flowers when they were young.
We now grow more than 25 acres of bulbs through the year for both bulb and cut flower production, as well as having three quarters of an acre of greenhouse space.

 
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