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Otley has its own Phlox

Posted by sstanwell on November 4, 2014

We've been putting in some research on the Otley Phlox and Fred M Simpson.  This is the potted history:

Fred M Simpson had a poultry business in the 1930s on the site of Stephen Smiths Garden Centre, Pool Road.  In the 1950s he moved towards plant breeding.  His successes were
Otley Korean Cushion Chrysanthemums called "Lucy Simpson", "Margaret Simpson" and "Grace Simpson" - no longer available.
A lupin "Otley Yellow" - no longer available.
His best work however was with perennial phlox which Otley in Bloom would like to bring back to the town.  He came up with the Otley Regal series; "Windsor", "Balmoral" & "Sandringham" are still available at a few nurseries through the country.  "Glamis", "Harewood" and "Holyrood" are no longer available.  Also "Otley Choice" and "Otley Purple" which are available at a few nurseries. 
If you know anything about the man, or have any of his plants in your garden we would love to hear from you.