About Michael Marriott
Michael Marriott is technical manager and senior rosarian of David Austin Roses and is one of the world’s most respected rose experts. He is also well-known for his rose garden design and his common sense approach to looking after roses. In his work he travels the globe, often sharing his expertise in lively radio, TV, newspaper and magazine interviews.
He has been an integral part of David Austin Roses for over 30 years and at the firm’s headquarters in Albrighton he is the font of knowledge for all matters relating to roses. His enthusiasm is infectious and his knowledge of roses is encyclopaedic.
He has designed many rose gardens and borders around the world of varying sizes, both public and private. Public gardens include the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Queen Mary’s Rose Garden in Regent’s Park, Hampton Court Palace, Wynyard Hall, Trentham Gardens and the David Austin garden near Osaka in Japan.
A keen gardener, he recognised his passion for plants at an early age. Michael believes that a good gardener starts by choosing appropriate plants and varieties for his or her garden’s growing conditions, then backs it up with sound soil management. His own gardens have always been run on organic principles, selecting only the healthiest varieties of roses and uses other plants to attract beneficial insects.
Prior to joining David Austin Roses in 1985, he worked at various rubber, cocoa and oil palm estates in Papua New Guinea, Sabah and the Solomon Islands. He worked briefly in botanical research in England, after earning a degree in Agricultural Botany in 1976 from Reading University.