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Yates was founded by Arthur Yates, an Englishman who migrated to New Zealand in 1879 to run off the damp weather of his native Manchester. The seed production that Arthur opened in Auckland in 1883 was the beginning of what was to become one of the most recognised names in Australian and New Zealand gardening. In 1886 Arthur visited Sydney, where he saw an opportunity to launch a similar enterprise. So in 1887 he left his brother, Ernest, to run the New Zealand seed business and opened a branch in Sussex St, Sydney. In 1906 the two brothers came to an amicable accord to separate the two companies and run them independently either side of the Tasman. This sustained until the late 1980s when the two companies joined together again. By 1893 Arthur had launched his starting point packets for home gardeners. He prided himself on forever selling the best quality seeds and ‘Yates Reliable Seeds’ became the company’s catchcry. As time approved Yates became more and more an integral part of the garden, selling a range of products that included fertilisers, sprays, pots, potting mix and tools as well as seeds. In 1895 Arthur saying the need for a publication that answered gardeners’ questions so he wrote the first Yates Garden Guide, a basic gardening book that is still published more than 137 years later.