‘Godfather of the English Rose’ David Austin has Died

A horticulturalist known as the ‘Godfather of the English Rose’ after he spent 75 years creating new breeds in his quest for the ultimate bloom has died aged 92.

Farmer’s son David Austin bred more than 230 roses during his extraordinary career after developing an interest in the flowers during his teenage years.

Mr Austin was determined to create specimens with more colour diversity and the ability to repeat flower, which emerged as a collection called English Roses.

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