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Golden Celebration. The Right Roses. Rose Review Comments. English Roses. Photo credit: David Austin
'Rose Review' Series Award winning Color: Yellow David Austin roses Disease resistance: Poor Flowering: Repeat flowering Fragrance: very strong Heat tolerance Highest rated roses by gardeners worldwide Ideal: Pots & Containers Rose: Shrub rose

Golden Celebration Rose Review | David Austin 1992

Golden Celebration rose


Fragrance Strength


Repeat Flowering


Bloom Size




Suitable for containers


Tolerance of shade


Disease resistance


Tolerance of poor soil


Few thorns


Best for cuttings



  • An award-winning rose
  • Among the most scented roses
  • Tolerance of heat
  • Large bloom size: (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12.5 cm)
  • Floriferous
  • Blooms last very long ( 6 - 7 days)


  • Poor disease resistance
  • Needs a lot of space to thrive
  • Does not form an attractive and neat shrub
  • Weak stems



English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin

David Austin

One of the largest-flowered English Roses, bearing rich yellow blooms in the form of giant cups. They have a strong Tea fragrance, developing wonderfully combined notes of Sauternes wine and strawberry. It forms a rounded shrub, with ample foliage – the flowers held beautifully poised on long, arching branches. David Austin, 1992.

The Right Roses:

David Austin introduced Golden Celebration for the UK in 1992. He named this rose after her extremely gorgeous, rich yellow color.

Golden Celebration must be among one of the top-rated David Austin roses. She has a few weaknesses. However, who does not have weaknesses? We always strike for the perfection. Nonetheless, hopefully we never get there because that makes gardening so interesting. A rose cannot completely substitute for the others. In other words, their imperfection makes our garden much more colorful with an abundance of varieties. In a nutshell, if you need a yellow rose and you have a little bit of space for her in your garden, you must consider Golden Celebration!


In a nutshell, if you need a yellow rose and you have a little bit of space for her in your garden, you must consider Golden Celebration!”

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Golden Celebration rose: The pros

  • The best shrub and most fragrant variety award from the Royal National Rose Society in 2000
  • Grand Champion at South Australia Rose Society Show

Golden Celebration rose has six main strengths.

First, she is an award-winning rose. Golden Celebration has won two prestigious awards. She was awarded for being the best shrub and most fragrant rose by the Royal National Rose Society in 2000. In addition, she was also the Grand Champion at South Australia Rose Society Show. Many experts and gardeners around the world just adore Golden Celebration! Therefore, it is probably not the worst idea if you consider adding her to your garden.

Second, Golden Celebration is among the most scented roses that you can find. She smells wonderful. Just so heavenly scented! Her fragrance is so divine! We hope that we have made our point clear regarding her exceptional fragrance strength.

Many gardeners believe that yellow roses are not as fragrant as other roses. Golden Celebration just makes a case against this belief: a yellow rose can also produce such as a tasty and strong fragrance.

David Austin has introduced 12 rose varieties best for fragrance including: Emily Bronte (2018), Harlow Carr, The Generous Gardener, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Gabriel Oak (2019), Gertrude Jekyll, Desdemona, R. Rugosa Alba, Claire Austin, Summer Song, Charles Darwin, The Poet’s Wife. According to our own experience, other David Austin roses are also heavenly scented, although they are not in David Austin’s list, e.g., Golden Celebration, Lady Emma Hamilton, Munstead Wood, Carolyn Knight. To a certain extent, Crown Princess Margareta also deserves a special mention.

We would like to make an extra comment regarding the fragrance strength of David Austin roses. For some David Austin roses, it may take them 2 or 3 years to live up to their true potential. For example, Princess Alexandra of Kent is extremely fragrant. However, in the first 2 or 3 years in your garden, her blooms hardly smell anything.

If you want some David Austin roses having an instant impact in terms of fragrance, you may want to consider 5 roses: Golden Celebration, Emily Bronte (2018), Lady Emma Hamilton, Munstead Wood, and Gabriel Oak (2019). They smell wonderful even in their first ever flush. You do not even have to put your nose into the blooms to detect their incredible scent. Just standing close to them is enough. Having 5 of them next to each other would make every morning of yours very delightful. Your garden is filled with their beautiful perfume.

If you really want us to rank those 5 incredibly fragrant varieties in terms of their fragrance strength, it is a tough job. The team at The Right Roses would include the first four roses (Golden Celebration, Emily Bronte (2018), Lady Emma Hamilton, Munstead Wood) in the first tier and Gabriel Oak (2019) in the second tier. David Austin may have a different idea. He thought that  Gabriel Oak (2019) was one of his most scented roses, while he did not include Golden Celebration, Lady Emma Hamilton, Munstead Wood into that prestigious list in 2019/2020.

Third, Golden Celebration can tolerate heat very well. Therefore, she is a great rose for gardeners in warmer climates such as California in the US. However, as the blooms age (day 3 or 4), her beautiful yellow can fade to cream.

Of course, we are aware that she has a drawback when being planted in the warmer climates. But that is a different thing. We will get to that point soon.

Fourth, Golden Celebration produces very large and gorgeous blooms (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12.5 cm). Most likely, her bloom size is close to 5’’. She is among those David Austin roses with the largest bloom sizes. According to the team at The Right Roses, only very few varieties can compete with Golden Celebration in terms of bloom sizes, e.g.,  Princess Alexandra of Kent,   Gertrude Jekyll, and Young Lycidas. One more attraction, even in the heat, she still produces very gorgeous large blooms.

Fifth, Golden Celebration is very productive. Those roses with large bloom sizes may not be as productive (floriferous) as  the other ones with smaller bloom sizes, e.g., Harlow Carr. The reason is quite straightforward. They need more nutrients to produce each bloom. So, of course, they may not be as productive. However, Golden Celebration is very floriferous. She produces an abundance of large and gorgeous blooms, especially from year 3 in your garden. Other floriferous David Austin roses with large bloom sizes include  Princess Alexandra of Kent, Young Lycidas, Princess Anne.

Sixth, Golden Celebration blooms last very long in the vase or on the stems. According to our experience, they can last for at least 6 -7 days. The team at The Right Roses really like this trait of hers. One, we can enjoy her stunning beauty longer. And, two, we would not have to deadhead her every day.

We have a bad habit. We do not enjoy the spent blooms on our rose bushes. As soon as we see a spent bloom on the bush, it is a must for us to deadhead it immediately. Therefore, having Golden Celebration with such long-lasting blooms in the garden is an absolute delight for us. David Austin have introduced a few other rose varieties with long-lasting blooms such as Jubilee Celebration (about 5 – 6 days) and Princess Alexandra of Kent (about 5 – 6 days). Therefore, coupled with her extremely fragrant and gorgeous blooms, Golden Celebration makes an incredible cut flower.




Golden Celebration rose: The cons

Golden Celebration has three weaknesses.

First, according to David Austin, Golden Celebration’s disease resistance is ‘good’. However, the team at The Right Roses think that her disease resistance must be ‘poor’. We gave her the prime spot in our back garden with a lot of space and sunlight (about 7 hours of sunlight in the summer). However, she still gets a lot of black spot. Therefore, you must spray!

Second, she needs a lot of space to thrive. David Austin suggested that she forms a 4ft x 4ft bush. Nonetheless, in some warmer climates, she could be bigger (8ft height x 6ft spread).

Third, she may not make an attractive and neat shrub. She has many arching canes. In the first few years, the canes can be quite weak. Strong wind can easily break some of her canes. Therefore, you may want to tie them up. Some gardeners even train her on a trellis. 

Golden Celebration in different climates

We have seen Golden Celebration blooming beautifully in abundance in the U.S (e.g., zone 7). However, we have received a few comments from a couple of gardeners in the U.S that Golden Celebration is not performing well for them. The bloom size is not large. And, she does not repeat well for them. Therefore, readers should keep this point in mind.

Golden Celebration rose: The similarities

David Austin has introduced several beautiful yellow roses, such as Crown Princess Margareta, The Poet’s Wife, and Charles Darwin.

Crown Princess Margareta has a similar growth habit with Golden Celebration. For example, she also makes a big bush (5ft x 5 ft). However, Crown Princess Margareta can tolerate shade very well, while you need to plant Golden Celebration in full sunlight. In addition, their boom colors are slightly different (apricot-orange vs rich yellow). And, although Crown Princess Margareta produces a very tasty fragrance, Golden Celebration fragrance is just better.

The Poet’s Wife and Charles Darwin make smaller bushes (3.5 ft x 4 ft). Therefore, they will be better roses for front of the border. Of course, it is not a good idea to plant Golden Celebration in front of the border. There is one thing that all three wonderful roses share. It is their fragrance strength. They all produce a strong fragrance. In fact, all of them are among the most scented David Austin roses.

Golden Celebration rose: The details

Height & Spread: 4ft x 4ft Color: Rich yellow Fragrance: Strong
Fragrance notes: Tea Flowering: Repeat Flowering Suitable for containers: Yes
Sun exposure: Full Sunlight Bloom size: Large (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12.5 cm) Disease resistance: Poor (The Right Roses), Good (David Austin)

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Karen Schmidt
Karen Schmidt
8 days ago

I have three Golden Celebrations in my zone 5 no-spray Northern Michigan garden and I’m in love with her! Her blooms are magnificent, she’s very disease resistant, and hardy as well. Lovely lovely fragrance and a rich yellow that doesn’t fade.

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