My great, great grandfather, John
Mattock (1827 - 1913) as a young man with my great grandfather John Robert
on his knee and wife Harriett at his shoulder. Entrepreneur (tea broker),
property developer (Manor Ground Headington) and specialist rose
great grandfather, John Robert (1863 - 1937) Rose grower and committee man.
Oxford Alderman and City Councillor. Lost some of the property but maintained
the status quo of the rose nursery.
My grandfather, John William.
(1898 - 1973) Committed rose grower. Brought the family concern out of the
depression of the 1930’s; out of the hands of a demanding step mother;
through WWII and into the retail mail order hay-days of the 1960s and
1970s. Tough and kind man.
My father, Robert Hunter (1927 -
2002) Internationally acclaimed and consummate expert in the actual growing
of roses. After the demise of the mail order business and the sale of the
family’s garden centre founded with his wife, Christine, his own nursery
business "Robert Mattock Roses" to exploit his innovative growing
technique that permits rose trees to be grown in pots.
Label from 1912
Budding Boys, the men and boys who propagated new
roses, of 1906
Advertisement from 1907