Shropshire rose-breeder going for Chelsea Flower Show glory

Shropshire rose-breeder David Austin has unveiled five new specimens in time for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Violinist Marciana Buta performs amid roses by David Austin, at the show
Violinist Marciana Buta performs amid roses by David Austin, at the show

Shropshire rose-breeder David Austin has unveiled five new specimens in time for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

David Austin Roses, which is based in Albrighton, has won 16 Chelsea gold medals since 1984 and bosses are hoping the five new flowers will make a similar impression.

Michael Marriott, technical director at David Austin Roses, said: “Chelsea is the most important show in the whole world for us.

“The garden looks very good and we’re confident we can have a good week and win gold again.”

At yesterday’s press day, acclaimed violinist Marciana Buta entertained visitors while surrounded by the fragrant specimens.

The new varieties have been nine years in the making and are called Heathcliff, Boscobel, Tranquillity, The Lark Ascending and Royal Jubilee. The latter rose is attracting great interest in the Diamond Jubilee year and Mr Marriott is hoping that too will go down well with fans.

He added: “It’s a lovely pure rose, pink in colour and has a lovely fragrance.”

The roses were unveiled yesterday as journalists from around the world visited to focus on the best flowers in the business.

Mr Marriott said: “The reaction to our roses was very good, we had lots of enthusiasm from fans and press alike.

“The best thing about Chelsea is there is everyone here, from professionals to press to your standard gardeners.

“Our fans love our roses and often make a beeline for our stalls and garden.”