A Brief History of Trevor
Trevor White Old Fashioned Roses have been trading for over 25
Trevor was born and brought up in Surrey. After leaving Strodes Grammar
School for boys he started work as an Assistant Scientific Officer at A
Veterinary Investigation Centre(MAFF) where his first job was to take
notes on animal post mortems. The work provoked an immediate interest in
the study of disease and the following year he began a degree in
microbiology at the University of East Anglia.
During his second semester break, Trevor found himself a holiday job with
Peter Beales Classic Roses, who was most impressed to hear that he had
already had previous experience (during the first semester) working for
Hillings Nursery in Surrey where Peter himself had been manager under Graham
Stewart Thomas. It soon became clear that Trevor's true passion lay not with
the study of animal biology but with the intricate nature of plants;
specifically in the growth, development and nurturing of roses. And after
completing his degree it was this passion which evolved into a life long
love and career.
One might argue that Trevor's love for the rose was always an innate part of
him; inbuilt into his genetic make-up. His Grandfather, William Bennett, had
followed in his own father's footsteps and started out as a gardener,
working for the picturesque grounds of Ham House in Surrey. As a child,
Trevor remembers his grandparents' garden overflowing with varieties of
beautiful roses which he and his Grandmother used to make into rose petal
wine and enjoy long into the bleaker winter months.
After University Peter Beales offered Trevor a full time job which he gladly
accepted. The opportunity provided him with a further education in the field
of old fashioned roses (since these had particularly captivated his
imagination) whilst enabling him to make a home for himself in Norfolk; a
county he'd become very fond of. In January 1985 he planted his first crop
of just a few thousand roses and today, with the help of his family; his
wife Vanessa and his four, now adult, children, he is one of the leading
experts in his field as well as a well respected international rose judge.
Esme White MA