After the Second World War, Walter Ducker got a job with a Mill owner in Bingley. It was then that he gained a reputation for his Dahlias, which he grew in a small nursery at the Mill owner’s house, which just happened to be called “Langlands”. When the Mill owner retired, Walter took over the nursery business, and in 1964 he moved it to a quiet little road between Market Weighton and York. Langlands quickly built up its reputation throughout the North of England by participating in shows with their award winning Chrysanthemums, Fuchsias, and or course, Walter’s prize Dahlias, which were grown specially.
Walter’s sons, Robert and John Ducker, helped out constantly, driving around in their distinctive blue vans, delivering fresh cut flowers to markets and constructing show stands. That all changed, however, when in June 1990 a late frost killed a significant amount of Langlands’ stock. It was then that the Duckers decided to make a committed move into retail, and expanded their site at Shiptonthorpe.
Robert’s son James, and John’s son Ian, were the third generation to join the family business, and helped to make Langlands the successful, dynamic company that it is today. The nursery staff produce over a quarter of a million plants each year, giving customers the unique chance to buy plants fresh from the greenhouse while also having the opportunity to chat to the people that actually grew them!
Further to retail at the site in Shiptonthorpe, Langlands have since introduced a Giftware Department, Farm Shop and two eating outlets, a Coffee Shop and Cafe Bar, offering quality, wholesome home-cooked meals made with exceptional, locally sourced ingredients.
In 2009, Langlands expanded their business even further when they purchased a site in Whinmoor, Leeds ,on the A64. Taking over management, rebuilding, and expanding the site proved to be a great success, as Langlands now has two well known sites in Yorkshire, and continues to build upon its outstanding reputation.