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David Austin English Roses

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David Austin English Roses

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David Austin English Roses

Shropshire rose breeder David Austin has devoted his career to the creation of new rose varieties, his English roses combining the fragrance of traditional roses with the repeat-flowering capabilities of modern strains. He unveiled his first English or Austin rose, Constance Spry (named after the renowned flower arranger and cook), in 1963. Six years later, he introduced a series of repeat-flowering varieties, including Wife of Bath and Canterbury (in homage to Chaucer), which formed what might be thought of as the vanguard group of new roses.

Since then, David Austin Roses, based at Albrighton, near Wolverhampton, has introduced over 190 rose cultivars, many named after British landmarks, writers and historical events, including Shakespeare and King Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose.

In 2003, David Austin was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society for his services to horticulture.

Read about the rose's past, present and future here.

Photo: Courtesy David Austin Roses Limited


Your comments

Back in the 1960s, David Austin created the first New English rose - and they still produce new ones each year. The rose is the most recognised symbol of England and New English roses embody that perfection - they repeat-flower, they look fabulous and smell beautiful, and the names tend to embody Englishness.

Pat Carline

Is there a David Austin rose called David Austin? My 19-year-old son who's name is David Austin passed away August 06 and I would like to buy this named rose if there is one. Can you help? ([email protected])
Bernadette Hagans



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