Emma Bridgewater and David Austin® announce charity collaboration with the National Garden Scheme

Getting 2024 off to a positive start, Emma Bridgewater and David Austin® have announced their charitable collaboration in support of the National Garden Scheme.

The iconic British pottery brand Emma Bridgewater has joined hands with famous rose grower David Austin® to design a mug honouring their joyful Bring Me Sunshine® (Ausernie) English rose – named after the heart-warming tune made famous by comedy duo Morecambe and Wise.

“As huge admirers of Emma Bridgewater’s work, we’re thrilled to not only see one of our most popular roses adorned onto the mugs but also dovetail our efforts to support the National Garden Scheme, a charity we each value greatly,” said David Austin, at David Austin Roses.

Chosen because of its mood-boosting apricot and golden yellow colouring that translates beautifully onto pottery, the Bring Me Sunshine Half Pint Mug is an exclusive creation that celebrates great British craftsmanship and the country’s many glorious gardens. It is available from our National Garden Scheme online shop here. It can also be purchased directly from Emma Bridgewater, David Austin Roses or as part of David Austin®s brand new gift box that comes with the mug, one of our National Garden Scheme A5 illustrated notebooks and a voucher for any David Austin® rose, with Emma Bridgewater directly donating £5 to the National Garden Scheme for every mug sold.

Commenting, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme, George Plumptre said: “We are thrilled to have the support of this power duo of iconic British brands in helping us to raise funds and awareness of our work in 2024. The Bring Me Sunshine mug and rose exemplify the joy that gardens and a great mug of tea can bring, and the exclusive access to Mr Austin Senior’s garden in June is something extraordinarily special which we know garden visitors will love.”


Bring Me Sunshine Half Pint mug

David Austin® Gift Box

Exclusive open weekend at David Austin Roses – 15th and 16th June 2024 

Additionally, David Austin® has announced another first in support of the National Garden Scheme. In a one-weekend-only event on 15th and 16th June 2024, it will open its gate to the private gardens of Mr Austin Senior’s red brick farmhouse home in Shropshire, as well as providing visitor’s with the opportunity to soak up the scent of their six themed public gardens and experience over 700 beautiful rose varieties, including the National Collection of English Roses. The ticketed event will see £10,000 of proceeds donated to the National Garden Scheme. Tickets will be available from David Austin®s website and you can find all the details of the opening here.

David Austin Roses - Long Garden

David Austin Roses – The Long Garden © David Austin®


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Emma Bridgewater
At Emma Bridgewater we like to make things that make every day a little bit nicer. Each design is inspired by what we love in the world around us, from people and places to flora and fauna, from the warmth of the home to the Great British outdoors. We believe the things we treasure most reflect the stories of our lives: they have the power to make every day lovely and fill our hearts and homes with spots of joy.

David Austin Roses
For over 60 years, we have been growing roses on our family farm in Shropshire, lovingly nurturing them by hand until they are ready to be passed on to you, and to be enjoyed in your own gardens. All our roses have beautiful blooms and in most cases wonderful fragrance held on graceful attractive stems. A garden of these outstanding roses is hard to beat for sheer exuberance of flower and fragrance.

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