Nostalgia: Leeds In Bloom

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As the days get longer and we all look forward to being outside, our archive page looks back at what people in Leeds used to grow in their gardens.

For Mr Charles Ruddock in 1970 it was mammoth tomatoes grown from seeds brought back from Ibiza and in 1981 Mrs Betty Barnes had a giant palm tree grown from a cutting taken in Torquay.

Charles Ruddock.

Charles Ruddock.

The career of, one-time Royal Ballet member, Michael Facer changed dramatically in 1973 when he found himself working at a Leeds garden centre and he may even have helped provide materials for Mr and Mrs Brown who owned the championship winning garden in the same year.

All this green fingered activity was overseen by, the formidable statue of explorer, John Cabot who had been moved from Leeds city centre to a splendid garden in Roundhay. This was where he was in 1968.

I wonder if he is still there?

Mr and Mrs Brown who owned the championship winning garden in 1973.

Mr and Mrs Brown who owned the championship winning garden in 1973.

Clocks of Leeds. The Leeds Town Hall....26th October 2010 .... Picture by Simon Hulme

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