Can new variety win David Austin Roses its 28th Chelsea Flower Show gold medal?

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With the launch of its new rose Emily Bridgewater launched for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week, the Albrighton grower is hoping to snatch its 28th gold medal at he prestigious gardening event.

David Austin, one of the country’s most famous names for roses, has been growing the flowers in Albrighton for the last 60 years. The world-leading breeder of fine English Roses, which was set up by David Austin senior and is now run by his son, released its very first rose back in 1961 called Constance Spry.

Since then the family business that calls the Shropshire countryside its home counts more than 200 varieties of roses to its name; roses that are enjoyed the length and breadth of Britain and far beyond.

More than 30 years of exhibiting at both the RHS Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court Palace have together resulted in 44 gold medals so far.


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