Burpees' European operations are made up of two companies: Burpee Europe Ltd and Burpee NL BV.
Burpee Europe Ltd. was established in May 2012 in the UK to carry out plant breeding research and seed sales of Burpees' proprietary varieties across Europe.
In 2015 Burpee NL was founded in The Netherlands to expand the research activities initiated at Burpee Europe and a nursery was purchased close to Rotterdam to serve as a permanent base for these activities.
Burpee Europe Ltd now focuses on marketing, sales and order fulfilment to the Eurasian geographical area, under the leadership of Simon Crawford.
Both Burpee Europe and Burpee NL are wholly owned subsidiaries of W. Atlee Burpee & Co., based in Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA, which was founded in 1876 by W. Atlee Burpee, the number one brand in home gardening in the US.
Burpees' main focus in Europe is the breeding and development of new varieties of vegetables and flowers for use by home gardeners around the world. The predominant effort of the last few years has been in tomato and a number of new varieties from the breeding programme have been released for sale recently; please see our online catalogue for more details. Research is also underway in sweet and hot peppers and cucumbers. In addition to this Henk van der Velde, our Director of Research at Burpee NL is working on developing a range of new flower varieties including Sunflowers, Marigolds and Zinnias to name but a few.
Our passion at Burpee Europe is to develop new tasty, disease resistant vegetables for use by home gardeners around the world and to encourage the cultivation of gardens by individuals and communities. We see our mission as not only the introduction of new and improved varieties but also the communication of the benefits, both physical and mental, of gardening.