Founded in 1959 by G. H. VanKampen, VanKampen's Greenhouses is proud to continue 60 years and counting offering the best produce and floral products to Charlottetown and across the Maritimes.
From the Beginning
The VanKampen's story begins back in 1953, when Gijsbertus H. Van Kampen (G.H.) emigrated to P.E.I from Holland with his father Adrian. They were raised in a large family-run greenhouse with 5 uncles working in the operation, and were looking for new opportunities. The family swore they would never milk cows or work in a greenhouse again. Adrian ended up milking cows most of his life, and G.H. purchased Gay's Market Garden Greenhouse in 1959. The early years at VanKampen's were mostly field crops: brussel sprouts, beans, beets, celery, and summer savoury. In 1963, VanKampen's started growing tomatoes to wholesale to grocers and also diversified into floral varieties and various other bedding plants.
Continuing the Legacy
Sons Charlie and Bill VanKampen took over VanKampen's Greenhouse operation in 1984. VanKampen's Greenhouses has grown to a multi-acre operation that produces 10,000 lbs of tomatoes per week, over 15,000 hanging baskets per growing season and numerous other floral and bedding plant varieties. As the business moves into 2019, VanKampen's Greenhouses is looking to diversify even further with new product lines. VanKampen's Greenhouses, 60 years and counting.