"George was tremendously experienced, largely self taught, and a man of national and international standing. But he never became affected with all the respect and company promotions; he was still George to everyone."
Beaven, who died aged 85, made a name in vegetable seeds and bred several varieties including Greenshaft, a favourite of Prince Philip, said garden writer Peter Seabrook. He leaves a wife, Dyllis, and two children.
Joan Beales was a founding director of Peter Beales Roses in Attleborough, Norfolk and worked with the couple’s two children Amanda and Richard. She died recently after a long illness aged 71.
She started the company, which now exports around the world, with husband Peter after moving to Norfolk in the late 1960s and helped the business win many awards at international events including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
To mark her contribution to the family business, a fragrant rose with velvet red semi-double blooms was named after her. As a director she played a full part in the business, often typing manuscripts of Peter’s books.