Michael has been a passionate gardener and plants person from a very early age.
After graduating in Agricultural Botany at Reading University in 1976 and working for a short time in research in plant pathology, I went to the Pacific region working on rubber, cocoa and oil palm estates. I started working with roses in 1984 on my return to the UK, joining David Austin Roses in 1985 firstly as nursery manager and then as senior rosarian giving advice, designing rose gardens, writing, lecturing and generally promoting the nursery and David Austin’s English Roses around the world. In addition, he a member of the RHS woody plant committee.

Michael has started to retire giving more time to traveling and gardening.

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