About DON Hoveniers
For almost forty-five years we have been using our knowledge and love of the trade to create beautiful gardens for private individuals and business relations. Every day, our permanent team of gardeners sets to work designing, constructing, renovating and maintaining gardens. Where external specialists are needed, we have our own network of reliable suppliers. In doing so, we work with the very best materials, so that your garden will still look perfect years later.
DON Hoveniers is one of the oldest landscaping companies in Westland. The foundation of the company was laid by horticulturist René Don. He has the honour to have slowly but surely expanded the company. With his very own vision on entrepreneurship, he managed to make the company known as a leading landscaper. A horticulturist with an innovative attitude, who stands for reliability and quality. When René Don says goodbye in 2010, the continuity of the company will be assured. Martijn Poortvliet, until then René Don’s right-hand man, takes up the challenge to continue the company. In the same inspiring way as his predecessor. For that reason, Martijn also decides to keep the name of the company almost unchanged. From René Don Garden Ideas it will become René Don Hoveniers in 2014. Five years later it is time for another change. In 2019 we partly say goodbye to the name René Don Hoveniers. We will retain most of it, because the name is in our DNA. The name we will be listening to DON Hoveniers from now on.
On 1 January 2010 came the moment for the next big step: I got the chance to take over DON Hoveniers and I reached for it with both hands. A great challenge! We moved to a new building and only took nine staff members, the buses and some tools with us. In short, everything had to be rebuilt. Simultaneously, of course, the work continued. Our workforce grew from 9 to 22 employees, the fleet expanded, new projects were added continuously, and we started new collaborations. So, I am truly proud. Proud of what we have achieved together. Proud of the beautiful projects. Of the nice customers. On the high level of automation. But above all proud of the surrounding people. A close team that is there for each other in good times and bad.
By now, I’ve been working for several years with customers who want to create a new garden. How do they see their dream garden? What wishes do they have? It’s great fun to work together on their ideal garden. I also enjoy leading our maintenance teams. They specialise in the proper care of plants during all seasons and are happy to unburden the customers. Taking care of people, advising them and making them happy with a beautiful garden, that’s great. Every day again!
I started at DON Hoveniers in 2015. By now I have been designing gardens full of experience, contrasts and atmosphere with great pleasure for many years. Gardens in which our customers feel completely at home. Every time, it gives me so much energy to work with clients towards their dream garden. I like to turn every garden into a beautiful work of art.
So, what did I miss? The customer’s contact. Creating beautiful things. Making people happy with something beautiful. That’s why I decided to return to the gardening profession and joined DON Hoveniers at the end of 2017. A top company that always strives for perfection and has attention to the smallest details. Just like DON Hoveniers, I always strive for the best result. So, I am totally in my element here! Every project is fun to do, but creating a large garden gives me the real thrill. When it’s finished and I look at the landscaped garden, I’m always very proud that we know how to create such beautiful things with our team!
From the beginning of 2017 I have been part of this beautiful company. I am involved in the construction of gardens. Making something out of nothing, that’s a lot of fun! I love being outside and creating things. Bringing order into the chaos with happy faces as a result, that gives satisfaction. It is my passion. Moreover, I attach great value to good contact with the customer. Because only then can we create a garden that meets all wishes.
The nice thing about this job is that you’re never out of practice. There is so much to learn and discover. I recently got my papers for tree climbing to prune and care for trees safely and responsibly. This way you keep increasing your knowledge.
The happy faces and appreciation after the maintenance work is done, that’s what makes me happy! Besides, I love working outside all day long. I really have a passion for green. I don’t have a garden so it’s great to be able to work between the greenery every day. And is the working week over? Then we always finish it off with a drink at the shop.
Sit still? That’s really not for me! I prefer to be active all day, busy. Early in the morning I quickly wake up and I want to get started.
I once had an office job, but the days crept by. Now that I work at Don Hoveniers, the working day quickly changes. Not only because of the nice work, but also because of all the pleasant, cheerful colleagues around me. It’s a really nice team. I can be used everywhere, in both the maintenance and landscaping of gardens. I certainly don’t have two left hands. I learn quickly and I quickly master new work. Don Hoveniers is a top company where everything is well organized. A company for which I get to work full of energy every day!