With over 60-years of experience at the cutting edge of garden and leisure retailing, Van Hage remains at the forefront of the horticulture industry. Theadora Warmerdam, one of the founders of Van Hage, was evacuated from the Netherlands to England in 1940, the eldest of six children.
When her father died in 1948, Theadora took over the running of the business, aged just 20. Cornelius Van Hage was a young entrepreneur exporting bulbs from Holland to the UK – they met and married in 1953, and in the same year opened a nursery on a run down pig farm at Spitalbrook in Broxbourne, a mile and a half away from the present site at Gt. Amwell.
By 1968, Mr and Mrs Van Hage saw the opportunity to create a garden centre with a difference, and they bought the famous rose nursery of Chaplin Brothers at Gt. Amwell. This was formally opened by Percy Thrower, the top national gardening celebrity of the 1970’s, and one of the many celebrities who frequented the site over the coming years.
The displays consist of all four colour options for the composite decking, Grey, Ebony, Redwood and Teak, as well as composite fencing and balustrade samples for customers to view up close and examine before purchasing.
Our expert sales team will be visiting the Van Hage garden centres on a regular basis to help customers with information and discuss their upcoming project in more detail. We will also be providing free samples and installation leaflets to any interested customers.