The rose world lost a legend in December. 

From school boy to rose breeder...
Growing up in the Shropshire countryside, David Austin developed a passion for plants from a very young age. However, his interest in flowers was truly ignited when he first discovered a magazine called Gardens Illustrated, tucked away in the school library. After being encouraged by his teacher, he decided to pursue his new found passion.

Despite continually discovering new found inspiration his dream, broadly speaking, remained the same as when he first started breeding roses as an amateur, all those years ago: to create the perfect garden worthy rose that combines beauty, fragrance, repeat-flowering ability and good disease resistance with great charm – the quality his English Roses are most renowned for. As he said in his book, The English Roses, he had one goal that was more important than any other, “… that we should strive to develop the rose’s beauty in flower, growth and leaf.” Of fragrance he wrote, “[It] may be said to be the other half of the beauty of a rose”.

A beautiful display at the recent Chelsea Flower Show had these beautiful words about him, "A Life Lived in Full Bloom." And, his life truly was lived that way.
 
Our friend and writer, Lynn Hunt, had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Austin and has shared her story with us. Listen in...

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