Who Are We?
Carlos van der Veek
When you meet Carlos, you know right away that you are dealing with a passionate flower bulb expert. Surrounding the 150 year old farmhouse he lives in, there is plenty of space. The bulk of this is used for growing bulbs, but closer to home, spread out over several small plots of land, a few barns, a greenhouse, one finds a truly unique collection of flower bulbs.
Carlos is one of Holland’s most renowned daffodil specialists. An inquisitive person, an innovator, but also self-willed, which is not a bad quality for a hybridizer. He lives his life according to the seasons and prefers working close to home. Bringing different bulbs together and coming up with new combinations is also one of his hobby’s. In spring the fields around his house look like a true Keukenhof.
Eric: ‘flower bulbs are my friends, my hobby, my living, my everything.’ He is a true plant lover and a keen gardener in his own right. He craves knowledge and regularly follows in the footsteps of the old plant collectors. Almost every year he and his botanical friends organize trips to look at flower bulbs in their native habitats. The pictures of wild tulips in the Amsterdam Tulip Museum are all taken by Eric and his fellow travelers.
Bulbs always fascinated him, and not just tulips and daffodils. Eric has a taste for everything. The choice among flower bulbs is infinite and for that reason his curiosity will never be completely put to rest. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. That knowledge goes a long way and if he doesn’t know the answer, he consults his extensive flower bulb library. Eric enjoys being invited to give talks, in particular to other plant enthusiast from far and wide.