Michael Goulding

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Independent | 14151

Gay Activist is sad to learn of the passing of eminent horticultural expert Michael Goulding. He was a flower arranger to royalty and to nine successive Prime Ministers, and a judge of The Chelsea Flower Show, The RHS shows in London, and The Hampton Court Show.

The Independent obituary records:

From 1954 Goulding lived with his partner, Stuart Hamilton, at their beloved home, Hipkins, in Broxbourne and created a renowned garden which was visited and admired by many people from around the world. He opened his garden at Hipkins for 40 years for the National Garden Scheme, raising more money than any other Hertfordshire garden.

He was awarded the OBE in 1990 and published his book Flower Arranging. After Stuart’s death he met Michael Coates, and they became civil partners. They moved in September 1999 to Broxted in Essex and work started on another large garden – 10 acres, and more open days in aid of the National Garden Scheme followed by several fundraising floral displays.

Gay Activist sends condolences to Michael, family, friends and colleagues.

SP

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