40 Under 40, Class of 2013

Aaron Van Wingerden


Dutch Heritage Gardens, Larkspur, Colo.

Job Title



Purchased empty greenhouse with no infrastructure and turned it into a $7 million business in seven years; Helped create and market company’s own brand of soil media that is sold to consumers


Favorite cuisine: His wife is Bulgarian and “has an arsenal of AWESOME authentic dishes.” Hobbies: Skiing and Xball, a tournament-style paintball game.

Fun Facts

Aaron has 22 siblings, 17 sets of aunts/uncles and well over 100 cousins – and most of the family is in the greenhouse business in some way.