Bloomin’ lovely roses for an­nual show

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

Do you have a good nose for a nice smelling rose?

The Mata­mata Race­course will be abun­dant in colour and fra­grance when the Mata­mata Rose Show bursts into life next week.

Vice pres­i­dent of the Mata­mata Rose So­ci­ety Ni­cola McBur­ney has been event man­ager for a num­ber of years.

An avid grower and show en­trant her­self, McBur­ney spends her days sur­rounded by beauty.

She works at Four-Sea­sons Gar­den Centre where she spe­cialises in look­ing af­ter the roses.

The Rose Show is highly an­tic­i­pated and McBur­ney says it has a good rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a quite a big show.

‘‘We usu­ally get around 35 to 40 ex­hibitors which is a good amount, who will en­ter mul­ti­ple ex­hibits each.’’

The event takes place at the Mata­mata Race­course this year, and the so­ci­ety is very grate­ful to be able to hold the show there.

Set­ting up for the show takes two days and roses are only on dis­play to the pub­lic on Fri­day, November 25, from 12.30pm to 5.30pm.

Many ex­hibitors travel from Auck­land, Te Kuiti, Tau­ranga and Hamil­ton.

About 12-16 judges will come to the show from the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Auck­land.

There are mul­ti­ple sec­tions, in­clud­ing un­der 16s and a preschool sec­tion.

One per­son who is ex­cited about the show is Mata­mata woman Helen Bar­low.

The new mem­ber of the Mata- mata Rose So­ci­ety is en­ter­ing her roses for the first time.

Bar­low was in­tro­duced to the so­ci­ety just over a year ago by a neigh­bour.

Be­ing new to the com­mu­nity, she saw it as a way to meet new peo­ple.

‘‘I love that the other ladies have the same in­ter­ests.’’

Bar­low will be en­ter­ing her roses as a be­gin­ner, and al­though she loves roses, she is ner­vous.

‘‘It is a big learn­ing curve for me. There is a lot more to it than I ever thought.’’

Members of the so­ci­ety have been giv­ing Helen tips on nur­tur­ing her roses, and will be vis­it­ing her home to name the many roses in her gar­den, which is cur­rently awash in colour.

Ear­lier this month, Bar­low en­tered one of her roses into the Mata­mata Members Rose Show, which won first place in novice, one small stem sec­tion.

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