Reinhard Biehler first came to this country from his native Germany as a rose budder.
He arrived on his scooter with one word of English – the name of a variety of tomato plant, Moneymaker – and the knowledge and experience he had gained during a five-year apprenticeship in horticulture.
When he asked for directions to Cambridge no one could understand him, so he ended up going to London – and then driving up the A1 the wrong way!
He settled in Market Deeping with his wife, Yvonne, before they moved to what was originally a smallholding at Weston.
That has now grown to a 16-acre retail area selling every aspect of gardening and lifestyle, from plants to furniture and clothing.
Although Reinhard has been growing and breeding roses for 40 years – and selling climbers, ramblers, potted roses as well as cut flowers at Baytree Nursery Garden Centre – he claims not to know everything about the nation’s favourite bloom.
He said: “I wouldn’t say 100 per cent. You always learn about new ones that you didn’t even know about, but I know most things about roses.”