Leading rose grower dies

Rose grower Frank Fryer has died, aged 89. He was one of the last of the rose growers from the "golden era" of the 1950s and 1960s.

Fryer grew up in the Cheshire-based rose-growing business Fryer's - which his father, Arthur Fryer, founded in 1912. After the war he returned to the nursery, and rose production at Fryer's increased dramatically. Then Frank Fryer decided to display his roses at flower shows.

This proved such a success that he spent most of the summer attending as many flower shows as he could. Production increased and by the mid-1960s Fryer's was growing 750,000 roses annually.

When demand for roses began to decline the company developed its garden centre. Fryer's Nurseries remains a leading rose specialist and is the breeder of 'Lucky', the 2009 Rose of the Year. Fryer was founder chairman of Rose Distribution, the forerunner to the British Rose Growers' Association. His son Gareth took over the running of the business in the 1980s.

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