Society gives couple a rosy outlook
Matamata’s Jackie and Rae Mortimer are gearing up for this year’s Matamata Rose Society Rose Show.
The show will feature a wide variety of roses from around the Waikato/Bay of Plenty.
Attending the show will surely be a hit on the senses for the public, with colours and smells wafting around the hall. Rose enthusiasts and growers will be in attendance but through the schools, children have also been encouraged to enter.
The Mortimers are both members of the health shuttle and it was through this involvement they heard about a rose pruning demonstration a few years ago. They went along and then decided to attend a rose society meeting. They soon found themselves getting involved in the society.
Jackie said the couple had a lot of roses when they lived in Auckland.
Now they’ve moved to Matamata and downsized, the couple don’t have as many roses but they still get a lot of enjoyment out of them.
The couple say being involved in the society provides not just a social element to their lives, but they learn a lot too, especially from guest speakers who attend meetings.
‘‘I know what a rose looks like and I know that it has thorns but by no means are we experts. We’ve learnt a lot more by being involved in the society,’’ Rae said.
Jackie said being involved in the rose society was one of the couple’s favourite things about being involved in the Matamata community.
‘‘ Just because of the great, friendly and welcoming people involved,’’ she said.
The rose show is a feature of the town, Rae believes, and he encourages everyone to pop along for a look.
IN BLOOM: Jackie and Rae Mortimer are gearing up for
this year’s Matamata Rose
Society Rose Show, to be held
on November 21.