History

2017

Lappen repositions itself

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.

2015

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.

1968

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.

1949

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.

1945

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.

1944

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.

1939

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).

1911

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.

1905

Cultivation of fruit and avenue trees

Cul­ti­va­tion of fruit and avenue trees; spe­cial­i­sa­tion in this kind of cul­ti­va­tion is accelerated.

1898

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).

1895

Cultivation of stock plants

Cul­ti­va­tion of stock plants for fruit trees, berry bush­es and the in-house selec­tion Tilia europaea ‘Pal­l­i­da Typ Lappen’.

1894

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.