Autumn 2019 Issue
Gardeners are more than accustomed to plants dying but when it comes to gardeners dying we’re much more sensitive. The loss of David Austin at the end of 2018 resounded across the globe.
Surely no one person in history has produced so much enjoyment, engagement in gardening and pleasure than Mr ‘A’, as he was known by family, staff and friends. He introduced more than 100 new rose varieties, which he humbly preferred to call ‘English Roses’. The rest of us know them as ‘David Austins’. What an enormous legacy he’s left.
I’ve written elsewhere about his favourite roses but when I walked onto their beautiful stand at Chelsea in 2016 I smelt and saw what I think will be his best rose ever, ‘Olivia Rose Austin’, named after his granddaughter. Treloars and others now have it for 2019 - be quick!
In this issue we check out Ali Mentish’s masterful work at Red Cow Farm and head to New Zealand to meet the gardener of iconic Huka Lodge. The wonderful Marian Somes of Picardy garden has tips on creating French style country gardens, and we feature David Kennedy’s emerging mountain masterpiece ‘Highfields’ - I hope to film it while you’re reading about it in this issue!
As always, there’s a range of expert opinion crammed into these pages, from master pruner Ken Lamb, to chef extraordinaire Peter Gilmore and garden photographer Simon Griffiths and plenty more besides. Enjoy.
Graham Ross (VMM)