Somerfield wins again
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.