Roses forum: RIP David Austin

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Name: Christopher
New Brunswick, NJ, USA (Zone 7a)
Dec 18, 2018 9:08 PM CST
From the Facebook page for the National Rose Society of Australia Inc.:


The sad news has just arrived of the passing of one of the most renowned Rose Breeders of our time - David Austin.

His roses delight many throughout the world particularly because he has captured the fragrance of the old world roses and blended it with the repeat flowering of the Modern Rose. There is a rare public garden throughout the world that does not have a David Austin rose. His most famous rose 'Graham Thomas' was admitted to the World Rose Hall of Fame in 2009.

He passed away quietly in his sleep at the age of 92

May he Rest In Peace, his family be comforted and he will remain ever in our minds and hearts by the legacy he has left to the world in his beautiful David Austin Roses that will continue to be developed through his progeny

Condolences can be sent to: [email protected]


Years ago, I finally had the opportunity to start my own little garden for the first time. I had always loved fragrant things, and discovered David Austin's roses. Through reading his books, I was introduced to the old roses whose looks and fragrances he sought to reproduce in a new race of modern roses. He thus formed a bridge between the new and the old, and due in part to his efforts -- and of those who have already passed -- a resurgence was born, and other breeders hoped to follow his success.

While some may bemoan certain business practices of his firm, we must acknowledge what the man, himself, accomplished. He had a very long tenure -- 'Constance Spry', his first rose, was introduced in 1961. Along with his own creations, he continued championing the tried-and-true old beauties, and helped to keep them in commerce. I suspect one of his last creations, not yet released, will be honored with his name. I'll bet it'll be "scented of myrrh..."



Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
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Dec 19, 2018 4:58 AM CST
Thank you so much for passing this news on. I was very fond of David Austin, and in the year that we were on a teaching exchange in England, 1989 to 1990, was able to meet him 4 or 5 times - at Chelsea, at St. Albin's Rose Show, at the East Anglia Horticultural Show and at his home Nursery in Albrighton. He was always congenial, open and friendly, and very informative.

I had always enjoyed his roses, and purchased many more of them upon returning to Canada. Abraham Darby is one of his more fragrant varieties that I adore, and am able to grow in my new garden. I shall cherish it even more, and think of him gratefully as I smell it.

Here are the images from the Database:

Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Dec 19, 2018 7:48 AM CST
Beautiful tribute Chris, of this sad passing. While not overly fond of his business tactics, the beauty he has left with his roses will forever be a testament. He had a huge impact on the rose community.

Some of my favorites of his roses
Sharifa Asma
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Munstead Wood
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Brother Cadfael
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Pretty Jessica
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Peach Blossom
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Princess Alexandra of Kent
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Mary Magdalene
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My neighbor's favorite
Lady of Shalott
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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Dec 19, 2018 8:15 AM CST
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Name: Porkpal
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Dec 19, 2018 10:29 AM CST
We have lost an amazing man but he leaves us a with great gift that will continue to enrich the rose world. Thank you David Austin.

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Dec 19, 2018 10:43 AM CST
This is very sad news. I love all of his roses even though my garden is too cold to grow most of them. He certainly did his part to make the world more beautiful!
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Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Dec 19, 2018 1:16 PM CST
I have had terrible luck growing Austins here. But I've drooled and swooned over thousands of pictures posted on line. His roses are beyond amazing in form, fragrance and bloomability (not for me Hilarious! )...the world would have been a much poorer place without his passion for roses.

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Dec 19, 2018 3:50 PM CST
Brother Cadfael was the first Austin rose I bought in 2011 when I started growing roses. I'm glad he's blooming today so I can post his photo In honor of Mr. David Austin who has added so much beauty and happiness to our lives! 😊🌹
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Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Dec 19, 2018 5:20 PM CST
Ann - that's gorgeous!!! Swoon!! What a fitting tribute. Lovey dubby
Name: Bonnie
Dec 19, 2018 6:17 PM CST
I am sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. David Austin, he left behind a great legacy of beautiful roses that opened up a whole other world for people who may have never tried to grow roses. Thank you Mr. Austin for creating such beauty and may you Rest In Peace.

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