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David Austin Wedding Roses

The rose Carey is a member of the ‘David Austin Wedding Roses’ collection. In the year 2000 David Austin began breeding for cut roses with the shapes and fragrances of old Garden roses but with the vase life of a commercial cut varieties.

David Austin Wedding Rose Carey™


This David Austin Wedding Rose Carey™ is a charismatic rose and radiates natural beauty and mingles beautifully with cottage garden flowers, herbs and foliage.

Held elegantly on long, strong stems, ‘Carey’s’ blooms are beautiful at all stages. They begin as very large, plump buds with pale pink outer petals, gradually unfurling to reveal mid-pink petals with an almost lavender hue. Once open they form classic, cupped, quartered rosettes,
with many delicately ruffled petals filling the heart of each bloom. Overtime, each bloom reveals a cluster of pretty yellow stamens. The Wedding Rose Carey blooms hold their shape for a week.

‘Carey’s’ beauty is matched by its delicious scent. Much admired by David Austin’s fragrance expert, Robert Calkin, he describes it as a “fresh rosy fragrance with an unusual hint of cedar wood”.

David Austin Wedding rose Carey™ is expected to be a very popular choice for weddings and events. Its subtle shades blend well with most colour schemes, although it looks particularly lovely when combined in bouquets and arrangements with the soft pastel tones of David Austin’s much-loved roses, ‘Keira’, ‘Juliet’ and ‘Patience’.

Specifications of David Austin Wedding Rose Carey:

  • Shape : Cupped and quartered
  • Color : Pink with lavender hue
  • Petal Count : 100
  • Diameter : 9-10 cm
  • Fragrance : Strong fruity tea with hints of cedar wood
  • Vase Life : 6-8 days
  • Breeder : David Austin
  • Plant Name : Ausweather
  • Best use after: 3-4 days

The Story behind David Austin Roses

David Austin was born in 1926 on the farm where he lived all his life. He is the son of a farmer and began farming before going into business as a nurseryman in the early 1960s. From an early age, he has been 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. The old roses – that is the Gallicas, Damasks, albas, etc. – had all but died out at that time. His objective being to create new roses in the style of old roses, thus combining the unique charm and fragrance of old roses with the wide color range and repeat-flowering qualities of modern roses. He was also particularly interested in producing well-formed shrubs that would make good garden plants.

In the year 2000 David began breeding for cut roses. He was looking for roses with the shapes and fragrances of old Garden roses but with the vase life of commercial cut varieties. Tambuzi, Rosaprima, and Alexandra farms amongst others are growing these varieties for the cut flower markets of the world and they are testing dozens of new varieties for introductions in the coming years.

David Austin died in December 2018. He will be remembered as one of the greatest rosarians and rose breeders of all time who is responsible for creating the world’s first horticultural brand. With over 240 varieties to his name, David Austin was still absolutely passionate about developing new varieties of English Roses until the very end. He died already knowing what the future may hold, having planned and undertaken the next crosses, which will hopefully create a new rose that will be introduced in nine years’ time.

David Austin Wedding Rose Carey
David Austin Roses is a traditional family business, led by David C H Austin and his son, David J C Austin. The head office, rose breeding facilities and rose gardens are in Shropshire, UK. They also have regional offices in Tyler, Texas, USA and Osaka, Japan.
David Austin Wedding Rose Carey
While roses naturally flower in gardens only during summer and autumn, David Austin's cut roses are available all year round. This makes them the perfect choice for bouquets, events, weddings and celebrations at any time of the year.
David Austin Wedding Rose Carey
A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, this simple objective remains. From a hobby breeder as a young teenager David Austin has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world.
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