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Cocker (1920-2014), Anne G.

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Rose breeder   Listing last updated on 14 Mar 2022.
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COCKER, James: 6 October 1807 - 22 October 1880
COCKER, James: [son of James 1807-1880]. 15 November 1832 - 15 September 1897
COCKER, William: [son of James 1832-1897]. Died 1915
COCKER, James: [son of James 1832-1897].
COCKER, Alexander: [son of James 1832-1897]. 1860 - 1920
COCKER, Patrick: 10 November 1841 - ????
COCKER, Alec (Alexander Morison): [son of Alexander 1860-1920]. 1907 - 2 November 1977
COCKER, Mrs. Anne Gowans (Rennie) Wife of Alec. born 25 May 1920 - 21 November, 2014.
COCKER, Alec (Alexander James): born 2 July 1960, present partner of James Cocker & Sons and rose hybridizer

James COCKER & Sons: The company began in 1882.

[From The Quest for the Rose, by Phillips & Rix, p. 132:] By the early 1950s [Alec] and his wife, Anne, had decided to specialize in roses. Alec's first new introductions were in 1968: three climbers and seedling of 'New Dawn' called 'Morning Jewel', 'White Cockade', and 'Rosy Mantle'. 'Alec's Red' (1970). 'Silver Jubilee', raised from a seedling of the Kordesii Climber 'Parkdirektor Riggers', and introduced the year after Alec's death in 1977, was also widely acclaimed.

[From Botanica's Roses, p. 677:] The Cockers [Alec and Ann] have been active since the 1960s with James Cocker & Son, Aberdeen... Alec Cocker obtained a rare seed of Rosa persica in the 1960s and began breeding work with it...

[From The Makers of Heavenly Roses, by Jack Harkness, pp. 150-159:] [Alexander died in 1920 and the trustees appointed to attend to the affairs of his children, Margaret and Alexander Morison ("Alec"), closed the nursery in 1923]... [Alec] rented a field at Springhill in 1936, and started to grow such plants as chrysanthemums and polyanthas... He became engaged to Anne Gowans Rennie... They agreed to postpone their marriage until the business was safely established, and they both worked hard in the nursery until they judged that first objective was reached, some eight years later. They were married in 1952... They had decided that the best course for the business was to specialize in roses... [their first new roses] appeared in 1968 ['Morning Jewel' and 'Rosy Mantle']...

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