Rose growers gearing up
To find out what makes Irene Taylor tick you only need to take a few steps into the backyard of her Hinuera home.
There, she has at least 250 rose bushes in all states of bloom.
Mrs Taylor is the newest life member of the Matamata Rose Society and is looking forward to next week’s annual Matamata Rose Show.
She first joined the society in 1992 after moving to the area and has not missed a single show since.
‘‘ I had a neighbour who was in the rose society and she came round one day and saw the beautiful roses here and said ‘ you should exhibit those’.
‘‘I went to the show and won champion decorative and have been hooked ever since.’’
Local couple Betty and Charlie Wilson took her under their wing, encouraging her to exhibit and teaching her about tending to roses.
Twenty- one years later and she not only exhibits at shows across the country but is also a national judge.
‘‘You can’t beat a rose can you,’’ she said.
‘‘ They’ll flower for nine months of the year – what other flowers do that?’’
Anyone can enter the exhibition and she encouraged others to have a try.
‘‘There’s no reason to be scared about coming along to the show,’’ she said. ‘‘Everyone’s helpful and encouraging and if you win something everyone’s happy for you.
‘‘ You make some really good long- time friends through roses.’’
The show is next Friday, November 29 at the Memorial Centre from midday till 5.30pm and entry is a gold coin donation.
‘‘ It’s stunning, the hall will be full of blooms and it’s just pretty,’’ said Mrs Taylor.
This year they are encouraging younger children to enter roses and have a new under16 rose class.
There are also a number of novelty classes including Christmas hats, mini roses in a beer can and an America’s Cupthemed class.
Anyone interested in entering can contact Joy Hawes on 888 8517 or Tina Troughton on 888 7374.