Jan S. Ohms, 85, Bulb Pioneer, Dies

Jan S. Ohms, 85, Bulb Pioneer, Dies

June 1, 2011

Jan S. Ohms, the head of Van Engelen, John Scheepers, and John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, three well-known bulb and seed catalogs, is dead. Born in Connecticut in 1925 to Dutch parents, he was the third generation of his family to work in the Dutch flower bulb business.

In the 1970s, Ohms bought the Van Engelen flower bulb company and in 1991, he bought the John Scheepers company and their catalog. John Scheepers, the founder of the eponymous company, was Ohms's uncle, and he founded the company in 1908.

Over his lifetime, it is believed that his companies provided almost a billion bulbs to gardens across the United States.

Read the entire obituary at the Stamford Advocate.