DAVID AUSTIN® WEDDING ROSES About David Austin David Austin was born in 1926. From an early age, he was interested in gardening. In the 1940s, a copy of George Bunyard’s book on old roses gave him the idea of crossing old roses with modern roses, and he went into business as a nurseryman in the early 1960s. The old roses – gallicas, damasks, albas, etc. – had all but died out at that time. His objective was to create new roses in the style of old roses by combining the unique charm and fragrance of old roses with the wide color range and repeat-flowering qualities of modern roses. In the early 1990s, David began breeding for cut roses, focusing on roses with the shapes and fragrances of old garden roses and the vase life of commercial cut varieties. The Wedding & Event Roses in this collection are the result of his work. Mr. Austin passed away peacefully at his home in Shropshire, England, on Dec. 18, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was 92. He leaves behind a great legacy that many around the world will treasure as a result of his passion, unwavering vision, and life’s work.