In-between watching the Royal wedding yesterday l was searching the internet for some more information on the great man himself as l had just received a very interesting message from someone who told me he could remember listening to his radio broadcasts during the war years. This made me wonder what his voice sounded like. I was really hoping it wasn’t going to be very BBC ‘London Calling’ type voice. I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, when l stumbled across some beautiful old Pathe News film of him talking to a fellow gardener (see previous post). There are several other pieces too, including film of his funeral which l will post soon.
Another piece of news came from The Langham Hotel website and l quote:
On 29 April 2011, to co-incide with the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William to Kate Middleton, The Langham, London will re-open the eponymously named Middleton Rose Garden as a rare outdoor wedding venue in London.
The south facing Middleton Rose Garden is one of the oldest private garden sites in the West End, dating back to the mid-eighteenth century and thus listed building consent has been granted to upgrade the garden. Since 1961, it has been known as The Middleton Garden, when the BBC, the then occupier of The Langham Hotel, dedicated the garden to its pioneering former gardening presenter Cecil Henry Middleton, who died in 1945.
This courtyard garden will now form a unique outdoor reception venue for up to 250 guests for use in conjunction with the hotel’s historic Grand Ballroom. Measuring 420 square metres, it has been specifically designed to give the impression of an English rose garden whilst also being a flexible venue for weddings and special events. Located at the rear of the hotel, it is accessed directly from the Grand Ballroom. Grand piers and elegant railings will create enticing views, and within the garden, a series of intimate spaces will be created by moveable planters and benches.
Standard bay trees create a structure of evergreen planting giving all season interest while the underplanting of roses and other seasonal plants will give considerable colour, fragrance and charm. The side walls will be planted with free-standing decorative obelisks to clothe climbing roses and jasmines.
The York stone paving will be replaced throughout and a scheme of low voltage lighting will be installed in the planting beds to create subtle mood lighting. Although there is limited scope to create a bio-diverse environment in an urban setting for wildlife, some beds will be planted with some evergreens to provide shelter for insects and birds.
I am really pleased his name will live on through a new rose garden come reception area to the Grand Ballroom and feel this is such a fitting tribute to such a great garden personality.