Lancashire-based Crosby's Nurseries owner Brian Crosby said: "I was about seven or eight when he came to work for my father, who started the business in 1939. Jeffrey left in 1948 and went to Rugby because he had a contract with the council to cut the grass verges. It's a piece of history for our business. When I saw him at Peter Seabrook's 60th anniversary event he reminded me that I was about 3ft 6in when we first met."
Crosby said 2014 was the best year the business has ever had, helped by a spring and autumn pansy and viola contract with Wyevale Garden Centres as well as a drier growing season.