It was more than an ordinary birth back then at the end of April 1972, when Bente and Poul Timmermann sat with a newborn baby boy in the delivery room, while the purchase agreement for the little nursery in Skovgyden in Otterup, Denmark, was being signed. A new start as a family with children and entrepreneurs with production of hedera. It grew from a single old wooden greenhouse to a 12,500 m2 modern greenhouse with production of capsicum. The 1980s brought enormous success with the grass species Scirpus, better known as Fibre Optic Plant produced in tubes – a very special product – which was synonymous with Gartneriet Timmermann, and involved recruitment of many employees.
The nursery currently produces over 140 different varieties of potted plants, which are sold in many Danish garden centres and supermarkets, and to the entire European market. In order to have enough space, production is now at two locations, Skovgyden and Egeløkkevej, with 23,000 m2 under glass. The young plants will be e.g., produced in Kenya and other parts of the world before being potted by a transplanter robot at the nursery here in Denmark, and grown on ready for sale.
Spring is high season in the industry, but over the years many different initiatives have been experimented with, everything from Easter-decorated egg cups with grasses to mini-plants in Christmas pots, and from champagne glasses with grasses and new year to the Fibre Optic Plant (Scirpus cernuus). Something new is about to happen. The company must always be willing to adapt, and inspiration is needed – that is why we like to participate in trade fairs, travel the world for inspiration, and be kept professionally up to date.
A permanent team of skilled employees has helped to shape quality and competencies in the nursery over the years, and we have accommodation for several international employees, recruited to step in especially in the high season, when more hands are needed. It provides a good combination of flexibility and professionalism, and several of them have now also become horticultural students with us.
There are several generations within horticulture and fruit growing in the family, so it was only natural that daughter, Tine trained as a florist and Ole as gardener and production manager. After a few years employed at three different nurseries in the USA, Ole returned home to work in the family business, and in 2010 the nursery passed on to a new generation when Ole took over the business. Today, the whole family meets daily at the dinner table, as Bente is in charge of the food during breaks, Poul is responsible for stock status and miscellaneous, Tine is a regular part of the team in the nursery. Ole is director and production planner, and his wife Sanne is in charge of marketing. The next generation have also all worked as school children in the nursery, while contemplating their educational paths, where Sarah is in charge of cleaning and the Instagram profile, and Kevin is working as an apprentice – and now intends to study to be a gardener.
We celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2022, and we run the business with professional pride.