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In recognition of the standing which the Ancient Society of York Florists is held throughout the horticultural world, a plaque has been erected above the entrance to the electrical and gardening sections of BARNITTS' STORE in Colliergate, York.

This doorway was originally the entrance to the sign of the sandhill (licenced premises) where the very first meeting of the reformed society was held, followed by its first public show.

Why the Society is the only survivor of all those who were instrumental in forming the horticultural world of today is unanswerable. The plaque will however ensure that no matter what changes take place, the name of The Ancient Society of York Florists will live on in TIME IMMEMORIAL. 

On Wednesday 30 June 2010, the bronze plaque was unveiled by former society secretary Arthur Robinson. In attendance were president Penelope Dawson-Brown and other members of the committee along with York Civic Trust director Peter Brown.