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Did you know that the first edible cultivated strawberry in England was bred and exhibited in Isleworth in 1806? The grower was Michael Keen, who became the great strawberry expert of his generation – no fool he, Keen named his breakthrough Keen’s Seedling (followed patriotically by Keen’s Imperial). His ‘seedling’ variety was produced by crossing two wild American types; and most of our modern strawbs have it in their ancestry.

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