On Sunday, September 22nd, 2019...
DVFlora will celebrate it’s 60th year in business. What started as Delaware Valley Wholesale Florist in 1959 actually has roots much deeper than that. 12 years earlier, Bob Sr. and Doris Wilkins operated a small retail flower business and grew his own flowers and plants in a small greenhouse not too far from our Headquarters in Sewell, NJ. During this time they also sold their cut flowers, which included some of the most beautiful football mums, to wholesale florists at the Philadelphia Flower Market on Ludlow Street.
The story goes...
The story goes that after several years, one of the floral wholesalers asked him to become a flower salesman for their company. Bob Sr. had excelled in that position, and after a number of years, he and Doris began to think about starting their own wholesale florist business in Southern New Jersey. When the decision was finally made, they sold their home, purchased a truck, leased a small building in Pitman, NJ, and “DV” was born. At that time, they shared one desk and one adding machine. The company officially opened its doors on September 22, 1959.
The dream continues...
When Bob Sr. and Doris started DVWF 60 years ago, they had no idea that their dream would grow into what it has become the Delaware Valley Floral Group, one of the largest floral distribution and logistics companies in the United States. Over the past 60 years, DV has been blessed with three generations of family members, committed employees, loyal customers, and supportive suppliers and many other business associates. In no small measure the combination of all of these makes us what we are today. We thank all of our business associates who have helped us over the years!
As a group, the Wilkins family would like to sincerely thank all of our amazing customers for supporting us over the past 60 years. This could not have been possible without you!
Dedication to employees has always been at the forefront of our company, so the Wilkins family would also like to thank our past and present team members!
Thank you for being a part of our family!
It’s overwhelming to see how far we have come in the past 60 years. Growing and selling flowers was what husband loved to do and I know he would be very proud to see how much we have grown.Doris WilkinsFirst Generation Owner
Wow! It has been really a wonderful ride from only 4 people in a little garage in Pitman, NJ to where we are now.Robert (Bob) Wilkins2nd Generation Owner
It has been incredible to watch our business grow and to see so many who have grown along with us.John Wilkins2nd Generation Owner
We are honored to be one of the very few businesses in the United States to make it to our 3rd generation of family ownership. We are ever mindful that we could not have made it this far without our larger DV Family that includes past and present employees.”Bonnie Dewey3rd Generation Owner
The success of our company has always been owed to the amazing team of people we have worked with over the many years.Ken Wilkins3rd Generation Owner
A lot has change over the years, including technology. Even with these great enhancements to our supply chain, it all would not be possible with the help and support from our employees and customers.John Scott Wilkins3rd Generation Owner
We are thankful to have had the opportunity to grow to include employees in 11 states on the Eastern Seaboard, as well as Miami, California, and Bogota, Colombia. This would not be possible without the amazing people who have joined our family in all of these locations.Tim Dewey3rd Generation
60 years in business is quite a remarkable accomplishment! It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come since September 22nd, 1959 and that we are honored we can share this moment with one of the two founding members, Doris Wilkins.Jack ChidesterChief Executive Officer DVFG