Welcome to Van Veen Nursery. We are a niche propagation nursery in the heart of South East Portland. We specialize in Rhododendrons and Azaleas and have recently added Vireyas and Maddenias to the mix. Our tried and true propagation methods have been perfected over the course of three generations.
Theodore Van Veen started Van Veen Nursery in 1926 after emigrating from the Netherlands. In 1931 Theodore worked with Portland General Electric and Oregon State University on developing electric bottom heat propagation methods.
His son, Ted Van Veen expanded the nursery and is responsible for its present layout. He wrote "Rhododendrons in America," the first how-to book for the layperson. He was very involved with the American Rhododendron Society both locally and nationally, earning him the American Rhododendron Society Gold Medal in 1976.
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