(Information kindly supplied by Harry’s daughter, Mrs Ann Stoodley.)
William Henry Norman, known as Harry, worked for Kelways for about thirty years, starting in the 1950s under John Owen Lloyd. He was mainly concerned with the iris collection, but he also worked at most of the horticultural shows, from the more relaxed local shows to the most famous of all, the Chelsea Show. This meant that he was often away from home all week, and then had to make a quick turnaround at weekends, travelling to the next event.
At the shows he acted as a sales representative, taking orders and selling off the flowers at the end of the shows. He met many members of the Royal Family, in particular the Queen Mother, who was noted for being a keen gardener, and was a frequent customer. In this photograph Harry is discussing a Kelways’ display with Prince Charles at an RHS Show in their Westminster halls in the 1980s.
He used to say that he always came home with a medal - and usually a Gold Medal at that.
Harry died in 1989 and is buried at St Mary’s, Huish Episcopi.