Before Vanstone’s

I thought this timely now garden centres are opening up again. Here’s a 1930 photo of times long before Vanstone’s.  Viewed from the Node, the area beyond the yew hedge of the formal gardens is now the car park, and on the right-hand side are the plant nursery greenhouses.

In the 60s a Mr Vanstone bought the old Node pleasure gardens from Shell Mex & BP and turned them into a nursery to supply his landscaping business in Bishops Stortford.  He sold up in the 70s, but the name and the business continue.

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