Clevedon's Virtual Literary & Arts Event

Previewing the More Than Words Festival - June 2021

Clevedon Violets

Photo credit: Groves Nurseries, Bridport, Dorset.

Sweet-smelling Clevedon Violets were loved by Queen Victoria and earned international fame in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but then faded into obscurity.

In 1991, as you will see in the film below, they were featured in the BBC TV series, A Victorian Flower Garden, presented by distinguished horticulturalist Peter Thoday.

Here, in an introduction to our excerpt, he tells of the importance of the Clevedon Violet and recalls his meeting with amateur gardener Jean Burrows of Tickenham.

Her detailed research ensured that the fascinating story of this remarkable flower would not be forgotten.

Clevedon Violets owe their existence to the imagination and dedication of market gardener George Lee, who first grew them on his land in Tickenham.

It is from there that resident Ann Loader now tells the fascinating story of this fragrant flower that Lee dedicated to his sovereign with the name, Violet – Victoria Regina.

CLEVEDON VIOLETS and George Lee’s Tickenham Nursery

Clevedon’s More Than Words literary and arts festival has reprinted this booklet, priced £4.99, plus p&p, by kind permission of Tickenham Parish Council.

It was originally produced by the Parish Council in memory of Jean Burrows, who left a fund in her Will for the benefit of Tickenham.

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