Pick the rose of the year

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - STUFF RE­PORTERS

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.

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