About us

The heart, soul and passion of three generations of growers can be found in a small town named De Lier in The Netherlands. As small as the town may be, this 12.600 square meter(135.625 sq ft.) orchid nursery is well-known worldwide for its high quality flowers and impeccable stems.

Walter Grootscholten B.V. was founded in 1972 when Walter’s father started growing a variety of orchids and Phalaenopsis. In over a half-century the company has developed into an exclusive grower of luxury cut-Phalaenopsis with a wide range assortment of kinds and sizes. The nursery is proudly run by Walter Grootscholten (1965), who took over the company in 1992, and his daughter Sam Grootscholten (1992), Ron van Adrichem (1987) and seven other employees.

More than fifty seedlings have been grown over the past thirty years, of which star orchid stem Sensation White is widely known. It is an absolute masterpiece, discovered by Walter himself. The stem is firm and has beautiful big flowers perfectly aligned like a waterfall, which is the trademark of the company.

What’s the key to this success? Having the expertise to create the ultimate climate for the plants so that they can grow the longest stems and biggest flowers of extraordinary quality. The plants are inspected and taken care of daily to optimize their environment, with attention to green entrepreneurship. In 2023, the nursery installed 432 floating solar panels on a water basin to make an important contribution to realizing the ambitions of the Regional Energy Strategy.

Sam joined the company in 2016. Some colleagues watched Sam grow up from a little girl. Now in the coming years she will take over the nursery together with business partner Ron. They are very excited to further bloom the business.


orchid nursery Walter Grootscholten is part of Floral Fundamentals
Walter Grootscholten is proud member of Floral Fundamentals