Nursery veteran writes history of dahlia speciaist

Stan Hall, 90, the patriarch of dahlia and chrysanthemum specialist Halls of Heddon, has written a book titled Highs and Lows of nurseryman, available by post from the nursery.

The family business, Halls of Heddon, was founded by William Nicholson Hall in 1921 in Northumberland. His three sons, William, Tom and the author of The Highs and Lows of a Nurseryman Stan, who was born in 1924, joined the business which grew with the development of a second plot, a 4ha nursery at nearby Ovington.

Halls exports dahlias and chrysanthemums to 18 countries and produces 160,000 plants a year. The nursery has introduced more than 250 varieties since 1957.

The business is now run by Stan’s son David, and Tom Hall’s daughter Maxine.



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