David Austin Roses Announced: “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. David Snr died peacefully at his home in Shropshire, in the U.K on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was 92.” If you would like to share your memories and condolences with David Austin Roses, please email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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“He will be remembered as one of the greatest rosarians and rose breeders of all time who is responsible for creating the worldâ€™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. He died already knowing what the future may hold, having planned and undertaken the next crosses, which will hopefully create a new rose that will be introduced in nine yearsâ€™ time.” David Austin Roses
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According to Shropshire Star reporter Rory Smith, David Austin Junior, son and managing director of the company for the last 25 years said: â€œMy Father â€“ or Mr A as he was affectionately known within the wider Austin family â€“ was a remarkable man.
The article goes on to state: “His presence will be sorely missed within the global family company that he created. But the passion he instilled will continue and we will hold true to my fatherâ€™s vision when he founded the company almost 50 years ago.”
“His love for the art of rose breeding was truly inspiring â€“ he loved nothing more than seeing the pleasure that his roses gave to others.
The company said although it would be a difficult time for the family, the business would continue as usual.
“We will continue to honour Mr Austin Snrâ€™s memory with vigour and passion in all that we do and in the plants that we love,” they said.
The Shropshire Star article went on to state that David Austin Roses said: “Our success is very much built on our family’s values and ethics and we have no plans to change this. And in the future a special rose could be bred in his name.”
“It is difficult to contemplate a rose that justifies Mr Austin Snrâ€™s name as this would suggest that his ambition had been reached. It is, however, something we would very much like to do in time.”
The American Rose Society prints a calendar each year. They choose pictures from roses submitted from members and sell the calendars to support the American Rose Society. Anyone can buy them and they are very reasonably priced at $15.00. I just bought 7 of them and I probably will buy more because they make perfect gifts. Today I thought I would share my pictures that will be in the American Rose Society 2018 Calendar, and these are the pictures by other members:
Most of us use our phones for planning and scheduling but it helps to have one physical calendar to be able to see and write down plans for what everyone is doing for the year. If you are going to have one print calendar make it the most beautiful one available, make it the one from the American Rose Society.Â
MAJOR: â€˜Reunionâ€™ Photo Richard Howard.
MINOR: â€˜Purple Splashâ€™ Photo Scott Becker.
MINOR:â€˜Icebergâ€™ Photo Mary Chang;
MINOR: â€˜Cl Candy Landâ€™ Photo Jamie Becker;
MINOR: â€˜Lovers Laneâ€™ Photo Vicki Agee.
MAJOR: Stanwell Perpetualâ€™ Photo Lou Evans.
MINOR: â€˜Social Climberâ€™ Photo Harlow Young*
MINOR: â€˜Mermaidâ€™ Photo Susan Brandt Graham;
MINOR: â€˜Strike It Richâ€™ Photo Richard Howard;
MINOR: â€˜Fragrant Cloudâ€™ Photo Stan Griep.
MAJOR: â€˜Abbyâ€™s Angelâ€™ Photo Kathy Kozemchak.
MINOR: â€˜Flower Girlâ€™ Photo Richard Bennett.
MINOR: â€˜Sunny Sundaysâ€™ Photo Richard Howard;
MINOR: â€˜Tiddly Winksâ€™ Photo Stan Griep;
MINOR: â€˜Touch of Classâ€™ Photo Craig Jansen.
MAJOR: â€˜Julia Childâ€™ Photo John Mattia.
MINOR:â€™Dick Clarkâ€™ Photo Susan Fox.
MINOR: â€˜Dublinâ€™ Photo Bill Kozemchak;
MINOR: â€˜Rainbow Sorbetâ€™ Photo Mariette Riedell;
MINOR: â€˜George Burnsâ€™ Photo Teresa Mathers.
MAJOR: â€˜Playgirlâ€™ Photo Rich Baer.
MINOR:Â â€˜Cajun Moonâ€™ Photo Cindy Dale.
MINOR: â€˜Sunspriteâ€™ Photo Elena Williams;
MINOR: â€˜Miss Congenialityâ€™ Photo Jamie Becker;
MINOR: â€˜Rose de Reschtâ€™ Photo Elena Williams.
MAJOR: â€˜Darcy Bussellâ€™ Photo Bill Kozemchak.
MINOR: â€˜Rainbow Knockoutâ€™ Photo John Mattia.
MINOR: â€˜Dream Come Trueâ€™ Photo Stephen J. Feltoon;
MINOR: â€˜Floranneâ€™ Photo Linda Burg;
MINOR: â€˜Hannah Gordonâ€™ Photo Clive Nickerson.
*If you haven’t checked out theÂ American Rose Society, current President of the American Rose Society, Pat Shanley believes in sustainable rose gardening and is dedicated to every aspect to growing better roses. She also oversees the magazine the “American Rose” magazine, along with Executive Director, Laura Seabaugh. This magazine is completely dedicated to promoting gardening, education, preservation and appreciation of the rose. The American Rose Society isÂ one of the few societies left that continues to publish a print publication 6 times a year along with several newsletters/bulletins and provides each member with a “Handbook for Selecting Roses” and “Creating a Beautiful Rose Garden” booklet.Â Former president & rose education advocate Jolene Adams believes that the only way to dispel the myth that roses are difficult to grow is rose growing education. The American Rose Society is dedicated to providing you the gardener with education on how to grow better roses. If you haven’t check them out. Rosarians are standing by to answer your questions.Â Rose.orgÂ
*Correction: Please note the calendars printed the rose: ‘Social Climber’ with Susan Fox as the photographer however the rose was submitted and photographed by Harlow Young.
Do plants give life to people or do people give life to plants? Itâ€™s the age old chicken or the egg causality dilemma, â€œWhich came first, the chicken or the egg?â€ At The Independent Garden Show last week in Chicago, August 19-21, I had reason to ponder this theory. When I post pictures of the people behind the plant scene yâ€™all say, â€œWhatâ€™s with all the people?! We want to see plants and roses! Show us what new plants are there!â€ OK. Then when I post the newest plants inevitably yâ€™all say â€œWho was there?!â€ Here is my theory:
People give life to plants
The Independent Garden Show Jeff and Cheryl Morey, Show Owners and their Management Team know and apply this theory quite well and brought us a world class event in the most idyllic setting along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan at Navy Pier, captivating the gardening world with new and exciting things we want to see, offering information we are eager to learn, while entertaining us and engaging the larger audience via multi-channels of social media.
Jeff kicked off the show by interviewing key note speaker Martha Stewart in a comfortable morning talk show setting where Martha was at ease sharing pictures of her garden and tips to a standing room only crowd.
Here are 3 takeaways from Jeff Moreyâ€™s talk with Martha Stewart:
Folks want plant variety that only an Independent Garden Center offers
Smaller plants are a much better value for todayâ€™s gardener and for the financially strapped shopper her advice is â€œtheyâ€™ll grow.â€
She knows time is also of short supply so easy care plants are essential
Here are the key people behind the scenes that give life to the plants that you love: Weeks Roses was there with Karen Kemp-Docksteader and her sales team including NE Sales, Jerry Amororso who I coined, Mr. Rose himself. They were debuting their 2015 rose collection including famous Downton Abbey’s ‘Anna’s Promise’.
Kate Porter, commercial & projects manager for David Austin Roses had flown over from the UK and Shellie Reese from the Tyler, Texas office was there as they showed the David Austin beautiful new collection of roses. The David Austin Team was constantly busy with new orders. Their “Simple-to-Grow Roses” Campaign and demand of English roses is growing in the US and I witnessed it in action while I was at their exhibit.
Tony Abruscato, owner of The Chicago Flower & Garden Show as we put our heads together already talking about the show in March! There were so many wonderful people there that are behind the scenes that make the plants that you love come alive everyday. Look for the album that I will post to Facebook with more plant pictures.