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It was back in 1903 that William Unwin sold his first sweet pea seeds. However, the story starts two years earlier, in the summer of 1901. One evening, after choir practice, he was showing two fellow choristers round the many rows of sweet peas he grew to send to the flower markets in London. William was soon hybridising sweet peas, and offering large flowered forms in a wide range of colours. By 1914 he had been joined in the business by his son Charles, who went on to become one of the leading sweet pea breeders of the 20th Century. The firm soon became general seeds-men, offering a wide range of flowers and vegetables.
In the late 1950s, it decided to supply seeds in full-colour packets to gardening shops and those new outlets known as garden centres, until then, Unwins sold its seeds only through mail order. The venture was a great success, and was responsible for the steady growth of the Company until today it has the largest share of the UK amateur seed market. The Company's breeding work continues, especially in sweet peas, and it has the largest annual trial of sweet peas anywhere in the world.
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