So­ci­ety gives cou­ple a rosy out­look

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

IN BLOOM: Jackie and Rae Mor­timer are gear­ing up for

this year’s Mata­mata Rose

So­ci­ety Rose Show, to be held

on Novem­ber 21.

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