Bodger & Sons Seed Company
• Wednesday, 14 September, 2011
Behind his warehouse was a huge field where he would grow zinnia’s and market a special zinnia he called Dahlia-Flowered Zinnia which won a Gold Medal from Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society. As the popularity of Bodger's seed business grew, seed companies would come to his farm to learn his growing techniques.
During World War II John created a huge US flag on his field using his red, white and blue flowers to reproduce the flag. In the mid 1930’s John Bodger leased the land on Tyler for a new high school and civic center for $1.00 a year. The Bodger Seed Company closed down their company after being in business for 100 years.