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Author's name in English is George Ax.
Jiří Sekera was born in June 17, 1938 in the South Bohemian town Blatná. After high school he studied at the Charles University in Prague teaching specialization Czech language and history. Since 1962 he taught these subjects at the Grammar School and Primary School in Blatná, from 1969 at Grammar School in Strakonice. At the same time engaged in the study of regional history Blatensko and devoted to lectures for the public. He has published numerous articles in the local, district, regional and national press (newspapers, magazines, local history collections, exhibition catalogs).
In 2000 he published at his own expense a book Rybníky na Blatensku (Ponds at Blatensko). The monograph about the grower and rose breeder Jan Böhm (Böhm - roses - Blatná) was started as early as 1970. It was released at the 125th anniversary of Grant's birth in 2013 , thanks to the leadership of Blatná town. Earlier publication was not be successful partly because Böhm was significantly associated with the existence of the first Czechoslovak Republic. He was truly a son of his time, partly because his earliest successors where not willing to provided the necessary documents.
Jan Böhm was one of the First Republic generation of Czech businessman who from the tiny beginnings developed his own business and achieved not only home but also global recognition. He bred and grew in large quantities about 120 varieties of roses. His cultivation of roses was very good promotion of Czechoslovak rose growing and gardening at home and abroad.