The best roses on show at Gar­dens

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The 2017 New Zealand Rose of the Year Trial win­ner was also the favourite with the young­sters, win­ning votes in the Chil­dren’s Choice Award.

The bright yellow beauty was bred by Colin Dick­son of North­ern Ire­land and en­tered in the com­pe­ti­tion by Matthews Nurs­eries.

The four-day an­nual Pa­cific Rose Bowl Fes­ti­val at the Rogers Rose Gar­den at Hamil­ton Gar­dens con­cluded last week­end with nam­ing of the best roses in eight cat­e­gories.

The fes­ti­val is unique in that pub­lic votes de­cide the win­ners.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Emma Reynolds says with mostly good weather for the fes­ti­val there was al­most dou­ble the num­ber of vis­i­tors and vot­ers as the pre­vi­ous year.

Vis­i­tors voted for their top five blooms from more than 80 roses en­tered this year. All are still on dis­play and Rogers Rose Gar­den gard­ner Daniel Smith en­cour­ages peo­ple to come and en­joy the roses. He says that be­cause of chang­ing weather it is dif­fi­cult to time the fes­ti­val for ex­actly when the roses are at their best and says they are only go­ing to get bet­ter in com­ing days. There are four trial beds in the Rose Gar­den plus two beds of past win­ners.

De­tails col­lected from vot­ers showed vis­i­tors came from all ar­eas of New Zealand and from other coun­tries in­clud­ing Tahiti, Malaysia, Philip­pines, Nether­lands, France, Ger­many, Swe­den, Canada, In­dia and Sin­ga­pore.

Un­like most other rose com­pe­ti­tions around the world which are judged by ex­perts, the New Zealand Rose of the Year has been judged by the pub­lic since 2004.

The Pa­cific Rose Bowl Fes­ti­val takes place un­der the Pa­cific Ac­cord of Friend­ship.

Leg­endary New Zealand rose breeder Dr Sam McGredy ini­ti­ated the friend­ship af­fil­i­a­tion with the com­mon ob­jec­tive of pro­mot­ing roses world­wide. The fes­ti­val is named after the tro­phy awarded to the win­ner of the New Zealand Rose of the Year Tri­als.

The ac­cord in­cludes trial gar­dens in Ade­laide, Aus­tralia, Rose Hills, Cal­i­for­nia and Gifu, Ja­pan. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from these gar­dens reg­u­larly at­tend each other’s events and are com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing roses around the world.

Ev­ery year the best new roses from around the world are en­tered into the New Zealand Rose of the Year Trial. Each rose is en­tered by an RINZ (Rose In­tro­duc­ers of New Zealand Ltd) rep­re­sen­ta­tive on be­half of the breeder. To be el­i­gi­ble for judg­ing a rose must be avail­able for sale to the pub­lic.

Each day of the fes­ti­val, vot­ers were in to win a spot prize of the 2016 NZ Rose of the Year, Christchurch Re­mem­bers.

The win­ners were: Pa­trick Armstrong, Melville; Emma Shaw, Fairview Down; Teresa Lam, Lower Hutt; Pauline Way, For­est Lake Gar­dens.

Photo / Peter Tif­fany

THE BEST: The 2017 New Zealand Rose of the Year — Best Wishes — is shown off by gar­dener at the Rogers Rose Gar­den, Daniel Smith.

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