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Chelsea Flower Show 2006

The Chelsea Flower Show is always a wonderful time of the year. We have the chance to meet so many of our customers, including some celebrity admirers of David Austin’s roses.

Monday began with the launch our new crimson rose: Darcey Bussell. Our pictures show Darcey with a posy cut from her namesake garden rose and David Austin our MD with Darcey. We thought you might like to see a few of the photographers who crowded on to our stand for the launch. This rose is the first fully-double crimson we’ve launched for six years, so the interest was high. The rose also caught the eye of the royal party when they visited the stand later in the day.

The weather outside was blustery and wet, so many visitors were delighted to take refuge in our scented garden created from roses bordered with neatly trimmed box hedging. Height was provided by arches covered with roses including the ramblers Malvern Hills and Snow Goose and English Roses trained as climbers: Mortimer Sackler, Teasing Georgia, Tess of The D’Urbervilles, Graham Thomas, The Pilgrim and The Generous Gardener.

Sister Elizabeth (left) proudly displays a posy taken from the charming little pink shrub rose named in honour of her.

(Below) Baroness Fookes and Catherine Herdman, the daughter of Lady Strange, are joined by David Austin to celebrate the launch of Lady Of Megginch.

(Left) Michael Horniman and the Director of the Horniman Museum admire a posy of blooms taken from the new garden rose, Tea Clipper, accompanied by David Austin.


Chelsea Flower Show 2005

David Austin introduced six new varieties of English Roses at Chelsea which formed the centrepiece of his gold medal winning stand. As is often the case with David Austin’s new varieties, they show great diversity in form and colour. ‘Alan Titchmarsh’, ‘Gentle Hermione’ and ‘The Shepherdess’ could be described as fairly mainstream English Roses in appearance. Many visitors at Chelsea marvelled at the flowers of ‘Gentle Hermione’ which reveal a delicate, almost pearlescent effect on the outer petals. Alan Titchmarsh joined us on the stand to launch his namesake rose which was displayed in the show garden. Rosa 'Alan Titchmarsh' also featured in two trug arrangements, created by our in-house cut flower stylist, Jane Williams, which appeared on BBC Chelsea Flower Show TV highlights and GMTV respectively.

Lady Emma Hamilton’ and ‘Summer Song’ are more unusually coloured new English Rose varieties in shades of orange. Both of these varieties created a stir at the Chelsea show, the first for its intense fragrance as much as for its colour. 'Summer Song' stole the show for many visitors who were amazed by the sophisticated but bold colour. Finally we have a rugosa hybrid that is much more wild in appearance and by name: ‘Wild Edric’. This beautiful new rose is extremely vigorous and, so far as we are aware, entirely disease-free.

For the first time at Chelsea 2005 we displayed our wonderful English Cut Roses which are available by post. Visitors to the show were charmed by their delightful fragrances as well as their abundant forms. English Cut Roses have proved so popular since their launch that we are planning to introduce them throughout Europe and eventually to the USA. New UK cut rose arrangements and new cut rose varieties will be launched during the season, so please keep visiting the cut flower pages of our website for the latest information.

Chelsea Flower Show 2004

David Austin has achieved another Gold Medal at the world's premier flower show. The medal was awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society for another superb display of roses, and follows many years of success at the event.

The new format rose stand - based on part of the famous David Austin Rose gardens in Albrighton - is resplendent with beautiful beds of fragrant English Roses and arches of climbers and ramblers.

A sculpture specially crafted by Pat Austin stands at one end of the stand as a focal point and adds the finishing touch to a wonderful rose garden display.

A view from one corner of the award-winning rose garden.

David Austin's grand-daughter, Olivia, wearing a dress and tiara of fragrant English Roses.

Jim Gardener, curator at RHS Wisley (centre), with David Austin Jnr. and Michael Marriott of David Austin Roses. Four of the new English Rose introductions this year - 'Wisley', 'Hyde Hall', 'Rosemoor' and ''Harlow Carr' - are launched to mark the bicentenary of the RHS.



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29 August 2015