Fruit expert Ken Muir, the man who pioneered pick-your-own, died on 20 June. He was 85.

The late Ken Muir

Ken, who ran his Ken Muir fruit empire at Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, passed away after a suffering from pneumonia.

Garden expert Peter Seabrook said: “Ken had encyclopaedic knowledge of the soft and top fruit world.

“He’ll be remembered for his stunning exhibits of strawberries at Chelsea, and as the man who introduced strawberries to Marks & Spencer.”

Nursery director Roger Muir said: “He was always hands-on with customers. Not one for computers, all his knowledge was in his head and he had a great belief in passing it on to future generations.”

Ken shared his fruit know-how in AG in the 1990s. Former editor Graham Clarke said: “His knowledge of fruit was amazing.”

Ken won the Garden Media Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.