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Introduction; A life with flowers; Flower Arranging through the Ages; Special Events; The World of Rose Conferences; The World of Heritage Roses; Flowers in my home; Table Arrangements; Rustic arrangements in country gardens; Garden Sculptures; Flowers, Fruit & Vegetables; Winter Arrangements; Flowers for all Seasons -- the art of Picking & Conditioning of Flowers; Remembered Gardens; Articles from the Past.
David was born and brought up in Renmark in Australia's Riverland, eventually becoming one of the world's most respected rosarians. His story is illustrated with photographs and descriptions of some of the flamboyant and unusual flower arrangements that he has made in most continents of the world, over a period of many years. His father's 500 rose plantings were extended to the eventual 50.000 bushes covering eleven hectares, and this largest private collection of roses in the southern hemisphere was eventually recognised as "The National Collection of Roses". David has held the positions of President of the National Rose Society of Australia (1986), President of the World Federation of Rose Societies (1991-1994), foundation President of Heritage Rose in Australia (1919-1993), President of the Renmark Garden Club (for an incredible total of 32 year), foundation President of the Chaffey Branch of the Rose Society of South Australia (1996) and has held the position of Chairman of the WFRS Heritage Rose Committee since 2008. He was elected President Emeritus of the WFRS in 2009, a particularly big honour, and one which recognises his status in the world of roses. David's accepting nature and welcoming personality set him apart. He has a way of making everyone feel special and it is hard not to warm to him.
In 2007 David Rustons home town of Renmark in South Australia mooted the idea that a sculpture be erected in the town to honour his achievements and skills. As a result, a magnificent tribute to David was unveiled on October 16, 2010, by the President of the World Federation of Rose Societies, Sheenagh Harris, during Renmark Rose Week. Because of Davids knowledge and creativity, it seemed appropriate that he commit to paper some of the highlights of his life, with special reference to the arrangements he has made over the years in support of local, national and international communities and organisations. Thus A Life With Roses came into being. This book is a fascinating insight into the mind of a man whose lifes passion has been the love of flowers, and in particular the rose.