Streeper, Dick
January 2010
American Rose;Jan/Feb2010, Vol. 40 Issue 7, p39
The article focuses on English Roses. The rose breeding industry began at the beginning of the 19th century with the rose collection of Napoleon's wife Josephine at Malmaison, France. In 1946, David Austin began cross-breeding old-garden roses with the best modern roses in England, on a huge scale of 300,000 seedlings a year. The first rose he introduced was called "Constance Spry" and its quality established his reputation. His most popular rose was named "Graham Thomas" in 1983. There are 63 varieties of English Roses as of December 2009.


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