Tulipa named after legendary DJ

Tulip launched in memory of BBC Radio 1 presenter John Peel

Springfields Horticultural Society has named a tulip in honour of John Peel, the BBC Radio 1 presenter who died in October 2004. A donation from each purchase of the red Tulipa ‘John Peel’ will help fund local children and youth groups participating in the Spalding Flower Parade, organised by Springfields. “Having a specially named tulip in John Peel’s honour seemed a nice way to keep his name and musical innovation linked together,” said Spalding Flower Parade chairman David Norton. Lincolnshire-based Taylors Bulbs has been contracted to distribute the bulbs to garden centres in the UK. The bulbs will go on sale in September, with 50p being donated from the sale of each pack to the Spalding Flower Parade. Taylors Bulbs marketing director Adam Taylor said: “We have already had significant interest in the tulip.”

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