Hydrangea nursery Van Klaveren Plant is perhaps the most sustainable hydrangea nursery in the world. In 2022, it started building a sustainable greenhouse, for which Bosman Van Zaal installed the water systems and an internal transport system. This new greenhouse was built next to the main location, replacing the previous greenhouse that stood further down the street.
Van Klaveren Plant
Van Klaveren Plant has existed since 1934 and has been growing hydrangeas in De Kwakel for more than 40 years, for wholesalers, gardeners and private individuals. But its activities also include the propagation and breeding of cut hydrangeas, often resulting in unique varieties. On the 1st of April, they officially open their doors for the public, during Dutch annual event Come into the Greenhouse (Kom in de Kas).
From manual to semi-automatic system
An important part of the new greenhouse is the container transport system. In the previous greenhouse, hydrangeas were grown on containers, but this was not yet an automated process. The existing containers from the previous location were moved along and processed on a completely new system. This modernised the hydrangea cultivation process from manual to semi-automatic.
Sustainable water systems
A requirement was that water use was done sustainably. Bosman Van Zaal therefore installed various water-technical installations that take this into account. For example, ebb and flow installations on the containers are used for irrigation. This installation circulates the water 100%. A sieve bend is used to filter the discharge water. “The nursery has a watering system where 100% rainwater is used. Bosman Van Zaal helped make this possible!” says Ard van Klaveren.