In 1914 Izaak van der Lelij bought 2 hectares of land. Here he built 5 greenhouses and on the remaining land he placed a simple construction of glass plates. He grew lettuce, cucumbers, melons, spinach, endive, cauliflower, chrysanthemums and hydrangeas. Later he added tomatoes, grapes and peaches. His eldest son Arie and his youngest Izaak (Sjaak) became growers. At first both on one hectare, later they started working together.
Both sons of Arie also became growers: Izaak (Its) and Jan. They started on the Noordweg in Wateringen; where they grew tomatoes and sweet peppers. In 1970, 12,000 m2 of land where purchased at the Poeldijkseweg in Wateringen. The piece of land at the Noordweg was sold in 1976. In the same year, grounds where bought from Degeling along the Poeldijkseweg. At this time the firm had 24,000 m2 of “glass”. These gardens where renewed in the course of the years. In 1985 the neighbours property was bought, so the area increased to be 36,000 m2.
Since 2001 the brothers Arjan and Izaak van der Lelij grow their produce at the Veenakkerweg in Den Hoorn. The nursery now consists of 73,000 m2 of greenhouses.