Simon van der Velde
History Simon van der Velde

Simon van der Velde

Aquatic plant grower and pond specialist

How it began in 1972...
At the age of 9, fishing was Simon van der Velde's biggest hobby/leisure activity. After school he caught bait fish for the local shopkeeper in the village. Since fishing went very well for him and he got 10 cents per fish, this made him a nice pocket money. One day Simon fell into the water and went under. Soaking wet, he took his 20 or so fish and was paid 2 guilders. When Simon stood soaking wet in the store, the shopkeeper took a water plant from his wet coat. The shopkeeper put the water plant in the goldfish bowl and gave Simon 25 cents. Simon had quickly calculated that 25 cents was more than 10 cents and asked if the shopkeeper needed any more water plants. This was indeed the case. Interest in aquatic plants had been piqued. Soon a lively trade flourished.

And how to proceed

1986

Seductive Offer

Seductive Offer

Years later in 1986, Simon received several letters from Africa offering aquatic plants. Curious and knowing there was a market, he hesitated to go there. A free inaugural KLM flight to Conakry in West Africa made the choice easy.

1987

African Adventures

African Adventures

Curious and adventurous, Simon traveled to West Africa, where he was introduced to tropical aquatic plants and discovered a new market. Tropical aquatic plants were brought back with him. Unfortunately, these could not grow without the right climate, so a piece of space in a nursery was rented.

1995

A New Home Base

A New Home Base

In 1995 Simon got the opportunity to buy a greenhouse in Bleiswijk. This location houses a section of pond plants including very many water lilies and oxygen plants. Some other locations grow aquarium plants, floating plants and shore plants.

1998

International Expansion

International Expansion

The company expanded internationally with a new nursery in China, focusing on water lilies and riparian plants.

2012

Chris Enters

Chris Enters

The second generation, Chris, joins the family business. With his drive for innovation, he introduced new concepts and strategies.

2020

Simons Knowledge Digitizing

Simons Knowledge Digitizing

Chris took the initiative to digitize his father's extensive expertise. With the website www.vanderveldewaterplanten.nl, he aims to inspire and advise a wide audience, using Simon's years of knowledge. In addition, Chris also launched a green gift store called GreenGifts.nl

2022

Roy's Accession

Roy's Accession

Simon's youngest son, Roy, joins the company, bringing a fresh perspective and continuing the family values and vision.

2022

Launch of Simon's Pond Book

Launch of Simon's Pond Book

Simon: I believe that a water feature, in the form of a pond or aquarium, can contribute to moments of rest and relaxation. Therefore, I would like to share my knowledge and ensure that people can also build their own pond and enjoy it. This without having to do a lot of maintenance. For that reason I have summarized all the questions that have been asked over the years regarding ponds and water features in Simons Pondadvies Boek.

2023

Introducing vdvelde.com

Introducing vdvelde.com

Van der Velde Water Plants is changing its name and look, becoming vdvelde.com. In addition to being the widely known pond specialist for more than 35 years, the company has set its sights on international expansion and a wider range of products. This change reflects the growth and integration of GreenGifts.nl, as well as a renewed focus on connecting with nature.
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Simons Vision

Pure nature

You read more and more often that you are advised to test the water of your pond for KH, GH and PH values. Do not be tempted to buy all kinds of measuring equipment and water improvers. None of this is necessary: if your fish are swimming nicely and the plants are growing nicely, then the water in the pond is of good quality. Those are the indicators!

More beautiful every year

Garden centers usually sell a wide range of water plants, many of which are unfortunately not hardy. This means you have to buy pond plants every year... We have deliberately chosen a small assortment of all hardy water plants, with which a clear, biologically balanced pond can easily be achieved.

Simon and Chris van der Velde of vdvelde.com

35 years of sharing expertise

With the right approach and a good planting plan, you can save a lot of money and maintenance. The planting plan immediately affects, for example, the depth of the pond. So don't dig first and only then think about the planting plan, but do it the other way around. Plants are quite capable of filtering the water themselves and keeping it clear, clean and healthy. A good planting plan ensures that algae have little or no chance to grow.

Simon van der Velde

Simons 6-step plan for a naturally biologically balanced pond without pond pump, filter and chemicals

With Simon's 6-step plan, you can easily set up your pond yourself.

An example of implementing Simon's step-by-step plan for redesigning an existing pond

A few of Simon's projects in a row

Simon van der Velde has contributed to the development, construction and maintenance of balanced ponds at more than a thousand ponds. His expertise ranges from mini ponds and garden ponds to large water features for government agencies. Thanks to his knowledge, he avoids common mistakes, which can save costs.

pond advice book

Simons pond advice book practical information and tips for a virtually maintenance-free water feature

Learn about common mistakes and get a handy planting plan.

A few of Simon's international projects

Due in part to his global connections, Simon has been involved in numerous projects internationally, ranging from large private ponds to community lakes. He has traveled in more than 50 countries and can advise on all types of water features. Van der Velde Water Plants also supplies plants throughout Europe.

Van der Velde Water Plants Nursery Water plants nursery in Bleiswijk

About Van der Velde Water plant nursery in Bleiswijk

  • We grow more than 50,000 water lilies annually, 100% organic
  • Have a greenhouse area of 10,000 m2
  • Delivery throughout Europe from 1 box to full trucks
Water lily and aquatic plants nursery pond plants

Pond specialist Simon van der Velde

Simon is the pond specialist to build and set up a biological, clear and balanced pond. with his step-by-step plan you can easily create a natural pond without a pump. Read more about building a pond.

Natural swimming pond specialist for natural swimming ponds

Building a natural pond and looking for a pond builder? In cooperation with gardeners, we can help with a pond construction. For large ponds of 10,000 liters or more, van der Velde Waterplants is the pond construction company for a beautiful pond you can enjoy for years, without much maintenance. Need more information about a natural swimming pond? Read all about building a natural swimming pond.

Aquatic plant nursery in Bleiswijk since 1986

Aquatic plant nursery in South Holland with various species of aquatic plants, water lilies, oxygen plants, Sumpfpflanzen and floating plants. All our species are hardy and come back every year more beautiful than the year before. On all our pond plants we also give 100% growth and flowering guarantee. Shop our pond plants now.

Custom pond advice for a large natural pond construction

Van der Velde Waterplants is the pond expert for the construction of a natural pond. Constructing a natural pond involves a lot of work and mistakes can be made, which can eventually result in unnecessary costs. Do you have a new project for a large pond? Then our pond expert Simon van der Velde can also visit you on location for advice and a free quote. For more information see our contact page.

Buy pond plants / buy water plants

Buy your water plants quickly and easily online through: vdvelde.com, we grow and ship water plants directly from our own water plant nursery. Because our aquatic plants are hardy, they bloom every year in the pond. This makes our pond plants an investment you will enjoy year after year.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.