Matamata Rose Society patroness Kath Ackroyd is a long-time rose enthusiast, – the smell is what she loves the most. She often gives her blooms away, saying ‘‘everyone gets a rose when they come to visit me’’.
She said she feels very privileged to be patroness of the society and that ‘‘they are a lovely lot of girls who keep me on my toes’’.
She gave entrants a helping hand and also entered three of her own blooms in this year’s competition.
Her favourite rose is Auckland Metro.