Michael Marriott has worked with David Austin Roses for over 25 years. During this time he has become one of the world's leading authorities on roses and has designed many beautiful private and public rose gardens around the world. Michael grows many roses in his own garden, which he runs on organic principles and has never sprayed. He selects only those varieties that combine both health and beauty and he grows them alongside other plants to help prevent the spread of pests and disease. He is a great believer in common sense gardening and when it comes to pruning, he is keen to go back to basic principles so that students can easily apply their knowledge to any rose they encounter. Michael is a passionate believer that the rose is an exceptionally valuable garden plant, as he says, "what other plant can potentially have a beautiful individual flower, a wonderful fragrance, flower for several months of the year and be easy to look after? There is nothing that approaches them for sheer garden worthiness".