The main business of the local firm of F G Bealing & Son was the supply of large passenger liners with floral decorations. Originating in Sholing the firm moved to a larger site on Burgess Road in 1906 where they erected the first of their 25 glasshouses. As well as growing the flowers and plants, Bealing’s staff arranged the floral decorations on board the liners, wheeling the flowers aboard on wheelbarrows. Cut flowers were mainly used for transatlantic crossings, but container-grown plants had to be used for longer journeys to South Africa, etc. Bealing’s supplied flowers for some of the most famous liners including the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and the Titanic. The nursery closed in 1964 and the land was sold off for development. Bealing Close now marks the site of the nursery.

Further reading:
‘Bealing’s Nursery’, by Carole Boden in Hampshire, vol 45, no. 2, p44-45. (H/y)


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