David Austin 1926-2018
Botanical artists who love to paint roses doubtless know about and have grown and painted David Austin Roses. To some, David Austin is simply the world's most famous rose grower.
Late last night it was announced that David Austin passed away on Tuesday 18th December at home in Shropshire - where in later years he developed his rose garden (see Rose breeder David Austin's garden secrets)
It is with great sadness that the Austin family announces the passing of David C. H. Austin Snr OBE VMH, rosarian and founder of David Austin Roses Ltd. David Snr died peacefully at his home in Shropshire on Tuesday 18th December 2018, surrounded by his family. He was 92.
His Nursery - with its very many breeds of English Roses developed by David Austin - at Allbrighton Shropshire gets very many visits each year from devoted fans from all over the world. It has one of the biggest breeding programmes for new roses in the world. I haven't been for many years - but remember being taken there by my father who was a very big fan of his roses.
He will be remembered as one of the greatest rosarians and rose breeders of all time who is responsible for creating the world’s first horticultural brand. With over 240 varieties to his name, he was still absolutely passionate about developing new varieties of English Roses until the very end.
His rose breeding was rewarded by rewards for him personally.
The Plant Centre, rose gardens and offices will be closed on Friday 4th January 2019 for the funeral of David. C. H. Austin.
Mary Ellen Taylor
20/12/2018 02:49:10 pm
Katherine ... thank you for the alert .. I met him only once but know Michael Marriott his Senior Rosarían (love that title) as he lectured for us every year at EGS and we had a good old chat at every Chelsea Flower Show since 2005 ... so I feel as if I knew David Austin. Gosh ... what a legend.
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