In October 1976, Jan Oprins started a one-man business in his home town of Rijkevorsel. Initially, his activities focused on landscape design and garden maintenance services. Recognizing the added-value of cultivating and maintaining a stock of plants, Jan planted an assortment of ornamentals trees and shrubs on 2 ha of land in Rijkevorsel, Belgium.
The venture prospered and, in 1979, Jan's younger brother Paul joined the business to manage landscaping projects. This led to diversification and expansion. Landscaping services gradually extended beyond private gardens onto larger industrial and municipal projects. At the same time, Jan set up new greenhouses and nurseries to meet the growing demand for his high quality cultivars. The operations grew rapidly and the business was organized into two companies: Oprins Tuin BVBA which is dedicated to landscaping, and Oprins Plant NV, which specializes in horticultural production.
Today, Oprins has sister companies in the France and Spain and has joint ventures Africa and Asia. In Belgium, the company's production currently covers over 100 ha of land, including 6 ha of container fields and 7 ha of greenhouses. Over 800 different plants are cultivated in large quantities. In 1999 the company established a state-of-the-art tissue culture laboratory to increase the production of its highly demanded plants.
Oprins is the world's leading producer of temperate and tropical bamboos, which are used for ornamental purposes as well as for commercial plantations and forestry projects. Aside from bamboo, Oprins Plant is dedicated to the production of ornamental trees and shrubs, including hydrangeas, ilex, taxus, sarcococca, and other specialty plants such as agapanthus. The company's main strength is its highly specialized and large scale production system which applies the latest technologies.