THE grave of the man who founded the Chelsea Flower Show, which is in a church yard near Ashbourne, has been given a colourful makeover.
Samual Thomas Wright, who was born in Church Broughton and buried at Snelston Church, was one of the organisers of the very first Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show - an event based in London which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.
Gardening firm Scotts Miracle-Gro, which puts on displays at the show, brought children from Chaucer Primary School in Ilkeston - which won an award at Chelsea this year - to mark the centenary by planting flowers at the grave.
The pupils planted pansies and bellis daisies on the grave, which will come into bloom throughout the autumn and again in the spring.
Samuel Thomas Wright was born in 1858 and, although he was born in Church Broughton, he asked to be buried near to his parents at St Peter’s Church.
The church yard sits beside Snelston Hall which is where Mr Wright served his first apprenticeship in 1870, aged 12.
As well as being an organiser of the flower show, he was also a superintendent of the RHS gardens in Wisley, Surrey.