335 years gardener - 185 years cactus professionals
In 2015 our company turned 330 years old. And for more than 180 years Haage has specialised in cacti. The years create space for history and stories. We would like to tell you some of them...
From the first generations of our family we know little more than the names, dates of birth and death. For painted portraits, a small businessman had neither money nor meaning at that time. However, we certainly know from old law books that members of our family have worked as independent gardeners in Erfurt since 1685.
That was quite a long time ago: Not far from our hometown Erfurt, a musician's child named Johann Sebastian Bach just saw the light of day on 31 March.
I hardly believe that the Hague was the first to bring the cactus to Europe. The fame for this probably belongs to Spanish sailors in the 16th century. They brought the exotic never seen plants and seeds from the New World to Europe. There, the valuable and rare exotics initially adorned the orangeries of the courtyards alongside pomorants and almond trees.
When it became possible in later years to make the cacti of the luxury hobby of the rich a passion for everyone, the Haage family was right at the forefront.
Our first ancestor who worked intensively with cacti in his nursery was Friedrich Adolph Haage. He was born on 24 March 1796. At that time the French Revolution was still in full swing, Napoleon achieved ever new successes.
But that didn't upset Friedrich Adolph: He worked purposefully in his Erfurt nursery and became the first real Kakteen-Haage.