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The Story behind David Austin Roses
David Austin was born in 1926 on the farm where he now lives. He is the son of a farmer and began farming before going into business as a nursery man in the early 1960s. From an early age, he has been interested in gardening.
In the 1940s, a copy of George Bunyard’s book on old roses gave him the idea of crossing old roses with modern roses. The old roses – that is the gallicas, damasks, albas, etc. – had all but died out at that time. His objective being to create new roses in the style of old roses, thus combining the unique charm and fragrance of old roses with the wide color range and repeat-flowering qualities of modern roses. He was also particularly interested in producing well formed shrubs that would make good garden plants.
In the year 2000 David began breeding for cut roses. He was looking for roses with the shapes and fragrances of old Garden roses but with the vase life of a commercial cut varieties. Tambuzi, Rosaprima and Alexandra farms are growing these varieties for the cut flower markets of the world and they are testing dozens of new varieties for production in the coming years .
David Austin Roses is a traditional family business, led by David C H Austin, his son, David J C Austin and his son Richard Austin. The head office, rose breeding facilities and rose gardens are in Shropshire, UK.They also have regional offices in Tyler,Texas, USA and OsakaTokyo
While roses naturally flower in gardens only during summer and autumn, David Austin’s cut roses are available all year round. This makes them the perfect choice for bouquets, events, weddings and celebrations at any time of the year.
A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, this simple objective remains. From a hobby breeder as a young teenager David Austin has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world.