It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Reg Lawrence, the founder of R F Lawrence and Sons, our parent company. Many customers will remember meeting Reg at shows or the Open Weekends here on the nursery. He was always ready to talk about his love for Chrysanthemums, or many other subjects.
Reg was born in 1931 in East Ham, London. He was evacuated to Bakewell in Derbyshire during WW2 and after the War decided to stay in the area. He met Joyce, who was from Allostock, Cheshire and after their marriage took on a council smallholding in Over Peover. They built this site, which now covers 35 acres, up to the standard that it is now with almost no outside help. They went on to have 5 sons, two of whom joined the business, which has been run as a partnership for many years. Reg and Joyce have 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
From early beginnings, growing many different types of vegetables and flowers, they have concentrated on bloom Chrysanthemums since the late 1970s. They are now the only large-scale producer of Chrysanthemums, for the cut flower trade, in the UK.
Reg spent 12 years on the Horticultural Development Council (now the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) helping with research into the growing of Chrysanthemums commercially in the north of England.
Since the formation of Chrysanthemums Direct in 2008, Reg has been closely interested in our achievements. He was especially proud of our record of awards won at the many shows we have attended over the years. He was awarded the National Chrysanthemum Society's Silver Medal in 2012 for his contribution to the Chrysanthemum.
Our condolences go to Joyce and all the family.