Paul Stone, designer of The Nostalgia Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (15-18 June, NEC Birmingham) is pleased to announce involvement from leading gardening brands in the year that we celebrate 50 years of BBC Two’s Gardeners World!
Suttons Seeds have ransacked their archives and found priceless “sealed for life” seed packs of 50-year-old produce all in their original packaging. These will be displayed with care and pride in the Nostalgia Garden’s 1967 Garden Centre courtyard. Some things are timeless – with Onion Ailsa Craig and Brussel Sprout ‘Fillbasket’ still favourite varieties – but the packs were 2 shillings each in ‘67 – now £2 each in 2017!
Peter Beales Nursery – who are 50 years old next year - will be displaying the following roses for comparison in Paul Stone’s Nostalgia Garden. You can also shop for roses from Peter Beales Nursery at the Rose Festival in the Floral Marquee.
Introduced in the 1960s:
• Prima Ballerina
• Fragrant Cloud
• Queen Elizabeth
Introduced more recently:
• Hot Chocolate
• Rhapsody in Blue
• Special Anniversary
• Champagne Moment
• Deep Secret
Flymo, a household name in gardening for over 50 years, are supporting The Nostalgia Garden by providing an original classic model from 1967 to be seen alongside their latest robotic model!
The Nostalgia Garden will feature a vintage 1967 Mini and Nuffield Tractor, both famously constructed in Birmingham. Look out for the original Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band record on the back seat of the mini, another famous icon from year 1967!
Garden Designer Paul Stone and his eminent Nurseryman colleague from 1967 Roger Wasley will be manning The Nostalgia Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (15-18 June, NEC Birmingham) to talk to the public throughout the show, displaying and comparing some the giant leaps and changes in horticulture over the last 50 formative years in the industry.