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Company History

John Coletta's father Louigi died from bronchitis in 1925, when John was 14. John’s own son Louie joined the family business and increased the number of grocery shops to six. John grew tomatoes, cut chrysanths, bedding plants and other fresh items for those shops in allotments at Golflinks Road, Hull. During the second world war John worked in the fire service and was awarded the George Medal for his part in saving the William Wilberforce Museum. He donated the medal to the museum where it can still be seen today and the story of his bravery was included in “The Boys ’Book of Heroes”.

Brian Tyson was born and bred in East Hull. Brian played for Hull Kingston Rovers throughout the 1960’s and for Great Britain. He played at Wembley in 1964 against Widnes. Brian Tyson married John Coletta’s daughter Barbara in 1962 and began to help his father-in-law on the allotments.
In 1964 at the age of fifty John had expanded from one allotment to over forty. That year the opportunity to buy the original market garden in Woodmansey arose (now the Coletta & Tyson Garden Centre). Brian and Barbara had John in 1964 and Paul in 1967. After a serious knee injury, Brian retired from rugby in the late sixties and went into partnership with John on the market garden.

Today the two son's John & Paul run Coletta & Tyson with 400 acres of wholesale nurseries & the garden centre, both businesses still retain the family values that were established 70 years ago.

We thank all our customers for the support you have given us over the years, we always strive to bring you, the customer, the best experience possible and are making constant innovations and improvements to ensure we can achieve a high level of service. To ensure we keep our standards high and constantly improve our centre, we are members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) & the Horticultural Trades association (HTA) both independent bodies that keep us working towards improvement and innovation.

Most of the plants in the Garden Centre are grown in our own nurseries, which are spread throughout East Yorkshire. This means that you benefit from over 70 years growing expertise and can be assured of high quality plants, as well as great prices. The fact that our plants don’t have to travel far to our centre means that you’re helping the environment too. Our passion is plants and we grow the best tried-and-tested varieties, as well as brand new introductions, that we think you’ll love.

Thank you for shopping with us and supporting your local garden centre in these difficult times