Rose grow­ers gear­ing up

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART

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.

ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

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