David Austin

The story of our roses.

We are a three generation family of rose breeders dedicated to creating beautiful fragrant roses.

The company was started by my father David C.H. Austin OBE who began rose breeding in his late teenage years. Until his early 40’s he was a farmer in partnership with his father on the site where the rose breeding still takes place.

He had some success in the early 1960’s as an amateur.  Then in 1970 he set up the company in order to sell his first true collection of David Austin roses.

His work was initially dedicated to creating garden (shrub) roses. He became recognised across the world for introducing a completely new style of rose.

In the early 1990’s I joined the company and together we started to look seriously at breeding roses for florists, using the same principles that had made his shrub roses so popular.

From the very beginning of his work my father wanted to get back to the beauty of the Old Roses originating from the 1800’s, which were characterised by their amazing fragrance and wonderful, many-petalled blooms that opened fully.  It was these forgotten characteristics that gave the roses a unique charm.

Today, we still apply the same principles that my father established in the 1940’s. Beauty and fragrance are at the heart of all the roses we breed.

In 2009 my son Richard joined the company becoming the third generation to work towards fulfilling his grandfather’s original ambition to create the most beautiful roses in the world for us all to enjoy.

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