article by: Shabistan Khan
If a Rose's magnificent scent captures your attention like no other, chances are you encountered David Austin’s English roses. For over 75 years David Austin roses brought fragrance and beauty to gardens all over the world.
David Austin died peacefully at his home in Shropshire on Tuesday 18th December, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Austin started breeding roses in the 1940s. His aim was to develop beauties which combine charm and fragrance of old roses and frequent blooming habit and color range of hybrid roses.
He launched his first English Rose ‘Constance Spry’ in 1961. In 1969 he founded his company “David Austin Roses”. He bred more than 200 English Roses. The best varieties, include ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, Graham Thomas, Cepter’d Isle, Pat Austin, Claire Austin’ named after his daughter and more recently, ‘Olivia Rose Austin’ named after His granddaughter.
David was rewarded for his outstanding contribution to horticulture, receiving gold standard accolades at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and an OBE for services to horticulture in 2007.
David had the courage to stand by his dreams in spite of show of doubt cast by others. He made it possible through his consistent pursuit to develop the most beautiful rose.
His presence will be deeply missed by all the rose lovers.
The Austin family invites anyone who wishes to share their memories and condolences to send these to firstname.lastname@example.org