1994. First meeting.
In 1994 the Westland grower Steef van Adrichem encounters Tamlong on a visit to Thailand. The two entrepreneurs share a passion for unusual flowers and plants. Steef wants to focus on growing orchids, but it has to be a special variety. Tamlong has one: the Vanda.
Vanda is certainly distinctive, as one of the 20,000 orchid species there are in the world. It is a type that grows high up, in the jungle in the south of the Himalayas. To attract insects for pollination to its often invisible locations, the Vanda has developed unique colours and patterns. For example, blue in many hues, a colour that is extremely rare in nature. The plants have air roots, which supply the Vanda with dew and rainwater.
It was precisely the exclusive variety that Steef had been looking for. There was only one problem in the way: no one had been able to market the elusive Vanda as a flowering plant.