Production processes are adapted, sales and distribution are expanded. The customer-oriented service company with some 130 employees cultivates high-quality plants on an area of 650 hectares of open land.
Christian Lappen assumes management responsibility
Christian Lappen, the second eldest son of Dieter Lappen, who has worked in the business since 2001, assumes management responsibility.
Dieter Lappen takes over the tree nursery as successor
Dieter Lappen takes over the tree nursery as successor and assumes management responsibility. Specialisation in avenue trees and the large tree sector is afforded high priority. The tree nursery grows to become one of the largest in Europe and employs a workforce of over 100.
Gertrud Lappen marries Heinz Schmidt & rebuilding
Gertrud Lappen marries master gardener (specialising in tree nurseries) Heinz Schmidt. The rebuilding of the tree nursery begins following the chaos of war.
Gertrud Lappen returns
Gertrud Lappen returns to the family home at ‘am Herrenpfad’. The buildings and tree nursery fields are severely damaged through artillery attacks. During the post-war years the tree nursery kept its head above water by cultivating vegetables and utilising the previously planted orchards.
Friedolf falls in Moldova & evacuation
Friedolf falls in Moldovaduring the war. Kaldenkirchen was completely evacuated, the employees were called up for military service, and the tree nursery grew wild.
The beginning of the war
The beginning of the war brought an end to rapid development. Friedolf Lappen was called up for service in the German armed forces. Two sons result from the marriage with Getrud Lorbach: Ado (born in 1941) and Dieter (born in 1943).
Son Friedolf takes over the business
Friedolf takes over the business and continues to expand it. As heir, this was planned from the time of his birth. The first conifers are included in the Lappen tree nursery product assortment.
Cultivation of fruit and avenue trees
Cultivation of fruit and avenue trees; specialisation in this kind of cultivation is accelerated.
First sales and establishment of the ‘Adolph Friedrich Lappen – Baum- und Rosenschule’
The first plant sales took place in autumn. The workforce grew rapidly to 10 people. Adolph Friedrich Lappen establishes the “Adolph Friedrich Lappen – Baum- und Rosenschule” (tree and rose nursery).
Cultivation of stock plants
Cultivation of stock plants for fruit trees, berry bushes and the in-house selection Tilia europaea ‘Pallida Typ Lappen’.
Planning application for a dispatch building
On 20 October, at the age of 24, Adolph Friedrich Lappen submitted a building application for a dispatch building to the Kaldenkirchen Municipality.