Somer­field wins again

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Call him peren­nial, but Tau­ranga rose breeder Rob Somer­field wouldn’t be de­nied his hat-trick

Win­ner of the Gold Star of the Pa­cific Award last year for a rose called ’Fire­ball’, and in 2014 for ‘Christchurch Re­mem­bers’, Somer­field has again taken out the top award from Palmer­ston North’s In­ter­na­tional New Zealand Rose Trial Grounds.

An­nounced on Sun­day, at the Es­planade’s Duguld Macken­zie Rose Gar­dens, Somer­field’s new bloom is called ‘Quin­tes­sen­tial’.

The Manawatu Rose So­ci­ety’s John Ford de­scribed the medium tall flori­bunda rose as medium pink in colour, with white re­verse on the back of the petals, and hav­ing a light fra­grance. The Gle­navon Roses breeder also picked up a merit award for a low grow­ing pa­tio rose with bright pur­ple-pink flow­ers called ‘Pur­ple Piz­zazz’.

The Nola Simp­son Novelty Award went to UK breeder Chris Warner for ‘Eye of the Tiger’, with a merit award to Whanganui’s Bob Matthews for an as yet un­named flori­bunda. Twenty judges eval­u­ated the 40 en­tries over two years for char­ac­ter­is­tics such as free­dom of flow­er­ing, health, plant qual­ity, flower qual­ity and fra­grance. At­tend­ing Sun­day’s awards pre­sen­ta­tion was Matthias Meil­land from French rose breed­ing com­pany, Meil­land In­ter­na­tional.

In­ter­na­tional Rose Trial 2016 win­ner Rob Somer­field with his win­ning rose.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.