Unwins Autumn 1934 Catalogue of Sweet Peas, Bulbs and Roses. Published by WJ Unwin Ltd., Sweet Pea Specialists & Seedsmen, Histon, Cambridge, England.

Unwins was established by William Unwin in 1903, when he sold his first sweet pea seeds. In 1914 William's son Charles, joined his father in the business, as did another son Frank, who had a particular interest in gladioli. The firm soon became general seed merchants, offering a wide range of flowers and vegetables. The family bred not only sweet peas and gladioli but also dahlias, tomatoes and culinary peas, among others. Originally selling their seeds by mail order only, in the late 1950s they began to supply seeds in full-colour packets to gardening shops and garden centres. W.J. Unwins Ltd became one the largest horticultural seed merchants in Britain, and by the 1960s the company sold seeds under contract in many parts of the world.

This item forms part of the Nowell Collection. This extensive collection includes: gardening tools, horticultural journals, trade literature, prize certificates, notebooks, correspondence, photographs, seeds, books on gardening and poultry.

Mr Clifford Nowell had over 30 years experience in all branches of horticulture before working as a gardening instructor at Burnley Horticultural College in Melbourne from 1944 to 1959. Mr Nowell was also a well regarded specialist grower of sweet peas who successfully exhibited his flowers and ran a sweet pea seed business. He had a seed farm in Blackburn from which he hand selected seeds and then sold by catalogue from his Box Hill address in the 1930s.

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Catalogue featuring a coloured illustration of sweet peas on the cover, in shades of pink. The title printed in black in the upper right corner. The 40 off-white pages contain articles, price lists, advertisements and illustrations in black ink.

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