Percy Thrower garden centre opens in honour

Celebrity gardener Toby Buckland celebrated the opening of Percy Thrower Wyevale Garden Centre in Shrewsbury, Shropshire today.

The new centre is a state-of-the-art redevelopment, encompassing 100,000 sq ft of garden and home inspiration & focal point for local community.

The new Percy Thrower?s Wyevale Garden Centre will spark a love of gardens in all ages as the pioneering new space combines shopping, leisure, dining and events.

It is the latest addition to the Wyevale Garden Centre family and is just stone?s throw away from the original site of the largest garden centre retailer in the UK.

Both celebrity gardener Toby Buckland and Margaret Thrower, one of Percy?s three daughters gave a special talk on the day speaking of their love and respect for the UK?s first celebrity gardener. They also took in the solar eclipse with the locals.

Toby Buckland said: ?Gardening is a fabulous activity and it?s a great pleasure to celebrate the opening of this new Wyevale Garden Centre, in honour of Percy.

?He was undoubtedly the UK?s first celebrity gardener and he has influenced me throughout my life and career as I followed in his footsteps.?

Meanwhile, Percy?s daughter, Margaret said: ?During his life Dad inspired millions of people and he would be overjoyed to see so many people visiting the centre.

?My sisters and I have worked closely with Wyevale Garden Centres on the development of Centre from the outset and we?re so pleased with the result. ?

Chris Bridgeman, Centre Manager at Percy Thrower?s Wyevale Garden Centre, said: ?We have been amazed by the phenomenal response from people locally as they have joined us to celebrate the memory of Percy, our local hero and gardening champion.

?Everyone really has come together to join us in our celebration as we open this new centre where you can not only buy everything you need for your gardens but also get advice from our experts to answer your horticultural questions.?

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