By chance the Dutchman Chris van der Velde discovered a carnivorous plant that attracts and devours mosquitos and fruit flies. This has led to tremendous orders for the plants from garden centres all over the world. The carnivorous plants grow in a terrarium with a lamp that attracts the insects. The combination of the Venus […]
About Ben Boon
Ben Boon comes from a real growers’ family. He grew up in the Westland region, which is known in the Netherlands as the Glass City on account of its many greenhouses. He studied technology at an institute of technology and marketing at the Dutch Marketing Institute NIMA. In 1984 he chose a profession in greenhouse construction. Ben works as a partner for Thermoflor; he is sales manager. He is married and has three children. Among his interests and hobbies are architecture, retail, reading, cycling and working.
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Entries by Ben Boon
Your shop is ever more becoming a place that people visit to meet one another, shop and be entertained. Such a formula offers plenty of turnover opportunities, with the UK being the leader in this respect, with garden centres that owe 30% of their turnover to catering while special events generate extra income. This way a […]
Christmas markets are facing serious competition from garden centres in the battle to win customers’ attention (and money). Over the last few years garden centres have provided increasingly large-scale, professional experiences that give customers a great day out. This year Leurs garden centre in Venlo was able to use its 4,000 m2 of new space […]
Fresh air, daylight and protection from the rain? We have come up with a better solution: the new Open Sky. After months of development work Thermoflor now has a new revolutionary, transparent retractable roof. Intended initially for leisure purposes, this can also be used in the garden centre sector.
Sunny tips from fellow managers: Peggy Leurs of garden centre Leurs: “Kitchen gardens are very hot at the moment, as are insects in gardens. We support all the campaigns that are organised to promote such things and communicate them to our customers in a big way. We make a lot of use of social media. For […]