Celebrating 199 years in the Business of Blooms
It’s a legacy of excellence nearly two centuries in the making. An American company with a strong Dutch presence, Breck’s is proud to be the largest U.S. importer of Dutch flower bulbs. Thousands of gardeners trust Breck’s each season to deliver the biggest, best bulbs from the fertile fields of Holland right to their doors.
Apple pie, baseball, and Dutch bulbs
No American garden is complete without Dutch bulbs, and no one knows more about growing bulbs in the U.S. than Breck’s. Our experience and extensive research in American gardens makes us the experts on gardening trends, soils and planting zones from sea to shining sea.
Are Breck’s bulbs in your blood?
If you’re a loyal Breck’s gardener, you’re in good company. In fact, you may even be related. Maybe your mom, aunt or grandfather was a Breck’s gardener, too. Breck’s is a tradition many families share, and for good reason — quality, selection and an unbeatable guarantee! (Actually, that was three reasons, but who’s counting?)
Holland is our home away from home
At Breck’s we cultivate more than just our flowers. Our relationships with Dutch growers are vital to the overall quality of your Breck’s bulbs. Our full-time team in Holland visits growers year round, inspecting your bulbs at every stage of their development and negotiating the best price for our customers. Nobody does this better than our own van der Veldt.
Meet our Director of Breck's Holland, Ben van der Veldt .
It’s 6:30 a.m. on a weekday in late April when Ben van der Veldt arrives at his office in Hillegom, the Netherlands. As Director of Breck's Holland B.V., Ben will spend the next 15 hours on the go — visiting bulb growers and vendors, test plots and trial grounds — maintaining the same dizzying pace he does nearly every day during the height of the bulb season in Holland. One month later, Ben’s focus shifts to perennials, and his commitment there is no different. Ben’s mission is simple, yet difficult to attain: to ensure that Breck’s customers will not only be enchanted with the possibilities presented on the pages of their next Breck’s catalogue or at Brecks.com, but also thrilled with the results in their own gardens next spring.
Outstanding in their fields
When Ben van der Veldt and his team in Holland inspect a field of tulips, they’re not just looking at the individual flowers, but also the variety as a whole. A single row of droopy stems or faded blooms will put a potential new tulip variety out of the running. At harvest time, our standards are just as strict — only a small percentage of the very best bulbs will be deemed worthy of the Breck’s name.
Breck’s Lifetime Guarantee—unchanged and unbeatable
Our unwavering commitment to quality has led to an unbeatable guarantee:
“If, for any reason, you’re not completely satisfied with any item upon receipt, after planting or once it grows and blooms, just contact Breck’s anytime—no time limit—for as long as you garden. No need to return any plants. We’ll refund every cent you paid for those items or send you a replacement without charge—whichever you choose.”
Perennials—a bulb’s best friends
When you say Breck’s, most people think of bulbs, but our plant expertise extends to all areas of gardening. Most American gardens include bulbs AND perennials, but because of soil requirements and international regulations, perennials are much more challenging to import. In cases like these, our U.S. greenhouses provide the best growing environment for your bulbs’ flower bed buddies. Our ability to provide a full line of bulbs and perennials gives you more gardening options!
Business is blooming!
We’re proud to be celebrating 199 years of Dutch excellence in American gardens. Just like our beautiful blooms that come back season after season, Breck’s has endured — and our commitment to quality has never changed. We will continue to bring you your favourites as well as what’s next in gardening, including new bulb varieties we’re developing right now. Over the years, our business has expanded in order to support wholesale shoppers and Canadian gardeners, and our product line has broadened to include great garden-inspired gifts from our newest brand—Breck’s Gifts.
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