The history of the company Ernest TURC started over a hundred years ago with flower peddlers in the Oisans region, mountain farmers who spent the best part of their time cultivating their land high up in the lower Alps and who were particularly interested in flowers and alpine plants.
Over time, they started to develop their business, leaving behind the mountain pastures to travel and enlarge their plant collections. These travelling salesmen bought and sold plants throughout their journeys, sometimes cultivating them en route.
This is how the flower peddlers created what we would now call pop-up boutiques all over the world and it was during this time that members of the TURC family set up home in Anjou, France but also in Seville and Madrid in Spain and in the USA.
Adolphe TURC moved to Angers, a well-known horticultural area where the rich alluvial soil was ideal for growing bulbs. He passed on his passion for growing to his son Ernest who established the company of the same name here in 1912.
Originally a specialist in breeding and growing flowering bulbs, the family business has grown over the years developing new strengths in the seed and young plant markets.
A RICH KNOW-HOW OF 5 GENERATIONS
Today, the company is managed by Bertrand TURC, Ernest’s grandson and has two production sites, one in Anjou and the other in Brittany. The company’s expertise has evolved over the years and resulted in the creation by natural hybridisation of over 250 different varieties of dahlias, cannas, and alstroemerias amongst others. Varieties are selected for their aesthetic appeal, their originality and their strength.
Ernest TURC’s expertise is acknowledged both within France and abroad. The company offers over 300 varieties of dahlia, with some varieties becoming worldwide bestsellers. One of the UK’s biggest selling Dahlia is ‘Chat Noir’, an Ernest TURC breeding from over twenty years ago, which inspired other growers in the search for the perfect black dahlia.
Ernest TURC encourages research and quality: the company has its own laboratory in which varieties are improved and regenerated by getting rid of bacteria and viruses.
A few figures
- Range of 1,500 varieties of flower bulbs
- 300 hectares of land in Anjou and in Brittany
- 30 million bulbs sold
- 4,000,000 hyacinths, 2,000,000 muscari, 2,000,000 irises grown in Brittany
- 1,000,000 dahlias, 300,000 cannas, 1,000,000 anemones, 1,000,000 alstromerias, tens of thousands lilies and agapanthus grown in Anjou,
- More than 1,000 varieties of vegetable and flower seeds,
- A dozen or so varieties of heritage vegetables grown in Anjou: Jerusalem artichokes, Helianthi, Chinese artichokes, earth pears….