Darvonda Nurseries is a third generation owned greenhouse operation that began doing business in 1975. It started out with humble beginnings with only 10,000 square feet of glass greenhouse and produced only indoor tropical potted plants. Byron Jansen, son of the owner Peter Jansen, took over running the operation in 1987. In 1991, Byron and his wife Tamara took over complete control of the company upon the retirement of Peter Jansen. As second generation owners they expanded operations to be primarily a bedding plant producer. With Byron's operational skills and Tamara's sales and marketing they moved away from being a grower retailer into a wholesale producer for the growing number of larger retailers in western Canada and the Pacific North West. Darvonda now is a primary wholesale supplier for a number of major retailers in the area. In 2015, Byron decided it was time to pass on the reigns of the company to the third generation and his son Lawrence took over as CEO. Since taking over Lawrence has guided Darvonda through a time of explosive growth, the company has diversified into not only bedding and seasonal floral production, but also is a large hot house vegetable producer.
The greenhouse facilities have since grown to include 5 different locations including 80 acres of glass and plastic growing space as well as 20 acres of outdoor production area. Sales have also increased on average 10% annually for the past 20 years. The company has focused its efforts on offering flowering annuals and indoor potted plants that are not marketed simply as a commodity. Instead, Darvonda uses their creative design sense to develop unique product offerings on a per customer basis.
Leveraging our connections throughout the Orient, coupled with a network of top notch partner growers, Darvonda is able to offer exclusive design programs to Big Box stores around the world.
Current Owner: Lawrence Jansen
In the last few years Darvonda has continued its trend of growth and so we began our program of lean management in order to cut our costs in labour, increase our quality of production and decrease errors in outgoing orders. Implementing this lean program has enabled Darvonda to eliminate processes that do not offer value to our product while tracking our progress with a set of reliable measurements. This form of management allows us to get a better picture of what is working and what needs adjustment going forward. With this Risk Management strategy in place Darvonda has continued to improve
As a company we are devoted to Improving the quality of our products to let our customers know that we are the best in the business. With lean management and the new lines in place we have multiple quality control checks as well as consistent automated processes that ensure only top quality products leave our facility
At its core, lean management teaches the simplification of the manufacturing processes. It wants companies to look at each process involved in completing saleable products and attaching costs and values to each. Darvonda now has a better understanding of what is wasteful movement and what is a necessity to finishing quality products in a more efficient and cost effective manner
Due to the fact that every process is broken down to its roots, Darvonda has a very effective way of tracking cost. This has given us the ability to price our products competitively with a fuller understanding of COGS. With this knowledge, Darvonda will continue to increase sales as well as broaden their customer base and continue on a growth trend.