He started work for Pennells on January 18 1963. That winter was one of the coldest on record. Cliff Richard’s film Summer Holiday premiered that year, Charles de Gaulle said "Non" to the UK joining the Common Market and the Beatles had their first No 1 record.
Smith worked in many departments building his skills and knowledge on the nursery before becoming manager of the propagation unit at the company’s Hillside nursery at Waddington.
Following changes in the nursery side of the business in 2002, he transferred to the garden centre at Hykeham where he was able to pass on his knowledge and skills to both the centre’s customers and younger staff. He also took on responsibility for the bulb buying for the centre.
Smith comes from a family very much connected with Pennells. His wife Jane continues to work in the office and has been with the company for over 29 years and his father Fred also worked on the nursery and retired in 1984 after 51 years with the company - so between them they have so far worked for 133 years for the company.
He was presented with gifts both from the company and from his fellow staff members