Pick the rose of the year
Rows of bright, bold and beautiful roses will be on display at the Hamilton Gardens, with the public able to choose their favourite for Rose of the Year.
The national award is part of The Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, where the public get to decide the winner out of bunches of roses.
They are developed by breeders from around the world and analysed over a number of years.
Last year, festival co-ordinator Emma Reynolds said the public and experts vote very differently.
‘‘The public look at how they would look in their own garden, the colour of it and how many have grown, where the experts look at the shape of the rose, the details and the stem.’’
The Pacific Rose Bowl Festival takes place at Hamilton Gardens every November under the Pacific Accord of Friendship.
New Zealand rose breeder Dr Sam McGredy initiated the friendship affiliation with the common objective of promoting roses worldwide.
The four-day festival is named after the trophy awarded to the winner of the New Zealand Rose of the Year Trials.
The festival will run from November 9-12 in the Rogers Rose Garden. Further information can be found at www.pacificrosebowlfestival.co.nz
Last year, festival coordinator Emma Reynolds said the public and experts voted differently.