Our story begins in Holland (also known as The Netherlands) almost 40 years ago. With a spade and a handful of onion seeds, my parents Piet & Afra Koeman started a horticultural farm. Later, they added leeks, chrysanthemums, irises, and tulip bulbs to the farm. Gradually, they extended the acreage. They specialized in tulip bulb production, growing tulips in several greenhouses.
In 1989, I joined my parents, and gradually our company became known for having “early” tulips. We achieved this by putting plastic foil over the tulip bulbs while they were still in the field, forcing the tulips to flower earlier than normal. That gives a lead of almost 2 weeks over other greenhouses, allowing our customers to enjoy tulips as early as December.
We increased our acreage again to 80 acres, and each winter we grew tens of millions of tulips in our greenhouses. These tulips were then sold at flower auctions in the Netherlands. In 2011, Piet Koeman passed away at the age of 69. After my father’s passing, we decided to change course. We visited Texas several times, loved what we saw, and finally decided to set up a tulip company in Pilot Point Texas. We found the perfect fusion of fertile soil, country charm within the DFW-Metroplex, and nice weather during the spring season in the gentle, rolling hills north of Dallas. It also fulfilled one of our greatest wishes—to be able to meet the people who buy our tulips!
Nowadays, I live in Pilot Point with my wife Petra and our children Pieter Jr. and Hillary. With the support of Afra (at 74 years old, she is still very active in the company!) we’ve brought the joy of Holland tulips right here to Texas!