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Listing last updated on 27 May 2018.
Renmark, South Australia 5341
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2009 Australian Rose Annual
Kelvin Trimper: David Ruston has been a member of many rose societies and garden clubs world wide and is highly respected by his peers. He joined his first rose society, the Rose Society of Victoria, in 1948 at the age of 18 and began exhibiting roses at shows soon after this. He became the inaugural president of Heritage Roses in Australia in 1986 and the president of the World Federation of Rose Societies from 1991 to 1994.
He has been granted life membership to the National Rose Society of Australia, the Rose Society of South Australia, the Royal National Rose Society, the American Rose Society, the Indian Rose Society, Heritage Roses of Australia, Garden Clubs of Australia, the Renmark Garden Club and the Renmark Agricultural and Horticultural Society.
David has achieved worldwide recognition with rose awards including the T.A. Stewart Memorial award 1966, the Australian Rose award 1982, the World Federation of Rose Societies Silver Pin 1988 and Gold Medal 2004, the Dean Ross Memorial award 1997 and the most prestigious rose award of all, the Dean Hole Medal in 1994 from the Royal National Rose Society. In 1984 David received an Order of Australia Medal for services to horticulture.
2009 The Rose Society of South Australia Inc. Bulletin
Melanie Trimper: At the fifteenth WFRS Convention, held in Vancouver in June 2009, the highest award bestowed by the Federation, the President Emeritus Award, was presented to David Ruston by World President Dr. Gerald Meylan for his life-long passion, service and dedication in a variety of roles. David Ruston's contribution to the rose has made him a world rose industry icon. His efforts have been lauded and recognised throughout Australia and internationally. David has lectured and demonstrated flower arranging at rose conferences around the world. The fact that he has been granted no less than nine life memberships to Rose Societies and Garden Clubs is a testament to his skills, creativity and generosity.