Guernsey horticulturist remembers QEII

Queen Elizabeth II, who held the title of longest-reigning queen, died on September 8 after a long and distinguished 70-year reign.

To this day, the Chelsea Flower Show is where Raymond Evison, founder and chairman of Guernsey Clematis Nursery, remembers his first meeting with the Queen.

He mentioned a chat he had with the Queen at a reception in Buckingham Palace some 15 years ago as the impetus for the company to start supplying the palace.

He remarked, "There was a reception for pioneers and it was a magnificent reception... there were three of us horticulturists."

That was great, and we had a nice chat, during which Her Majesty stated, "well, I don't suppose clematis will grow at Balmoral," to which I replied, "but Ma'am, with respect, I am sure they will."

"A little while after I received a telephone call from Sir Alan Reid, the Keeper of the Privy Purse, inviting me to go to Balmoral to advise the gardeners .

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