40 Under 40, Class of 2020

Bob Berbee


Leo Berbee Bulb Co./Dutch Mill Greenhouse

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• Opened an independent garden center at the age of 21— now going into its 18th season.

• Participates in community events like the Giving Garden, a community garden that donates thousands of pounds of food to local pantries and the annual Care Train toy drive.


Bob is an advocate for heart health. Diagnosed with coronary heart disease in his mid-30s, he is “thankful each day for this early detection and that I can live an active and healthy lifestyle with my family.”

Fun Facts

Bob’s family moved from the Netherlands to the U.S. when he was six weeks old, and he has been in the family business his entire life. “My first job ever was counting bulbs in my dad’s warehouse.”

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