From Humble Beginnings to Australia’s Leading Supplier of Wholesale Flowers.
When Cees and Johanna Tesselaar arrived upon the coast of Australia from Holland in June 1939, it’s safe to assume they would not have expected the small farm they purchased in Ferntree Gully, Victoria to blossom into the nation’s leading, family-owned, wholesale florist just seven decades later.
Planting their first crop of Tulips and Gladioli in 1945, the Tesselaar family was instrumental in assisting other Dutch immigrants to establish nursery businesses in Australia during the 1940s and 1950s in a move that highlighted the importance of family values within the company. The group also excelled with new technologies, pioneering the use of plastic growing houses in the 1960s to enable a consistent return of high-quality crops all year round.
In recent decades, Tesselaar Flowers has moved quickly to establish a specialist network of subsidiaries and associate companies in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia to distribute locally-grown flowers into florists around the country. Today, cut flowers grown by some 140 Australian growers are marketed through the extensive Tesselaar network, which remains true to the company’s original values, principles and work ethic.
Serving the industry for seven decades and counting
The original Tulip Farm
Tesselaars cool rooms – our flowers last longer.