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William Stone & The Park

Carrying on the Tradition

George Young was Head Gardener to William Stone. He was well-known as the garden and estate manager winning horticultural prizes and had a staff of 15 men to tend the park.

The full estate employed 70-80 men and supported their families.

Brighton and Sussex Floricultural and Horticultural Society Show,

18 September 1861

In the entrance hall was a fine collection of ornamental plants exhibited by Mr Young, gardener to W.H. Stone, Esq., Leigh Park Havant, with remarkable fine foliage, particularly the Coryphaaustralis, Levistonahumilis, the cocoa nut tree, Cocoa nucifera, Chamceropshumilis, Draconnaarbora, and the beautiful Cyanphyllum, quite seven feet high, also a beautiful fern Cyatheadealbata.

Sussex Agricultural Express, 21 September 1861

Gosport and Alverstoke Horticultural Society Show

August 1862

The exhibitors were very numerous and extended over a circle of upwards of ten miles, and among some of the choice productions in foliage plants, ferns and mosses, specimen plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables, were shown by Mr W.H. Stone OF Leigh Park, Havant. Mr Stone succeeded in taking no less than ten first prizes.

Hampshire Telegraph, 30 August 1862

South of England Horticultural and Floricultural Society Show

July 1865

The exhibition was in every respect a magnificent one, and its enchanting appearance was not a little added to by a collection of choice ferns, stove and green house plants, and cut flowers from Leigh Park, the seat of W.H. Stone, Esq., M.P. The cut flowers from Leigh Park were of the choicest descriptions, while the collection of fruit from the same estate, consisting of a delicious pineapple, and dishes of nectarines and peaches – the latter, the largest we remember ever having seen, were most tempting.

Portsmouth Times and Naval Gazette, 22 July 1865


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