Rose honours Sheppard
They say the wet weather is great for ducks and gardens.
How fitting then, that the heavens opened as members of the Te Puna Quarry Park and Bay of Plenty Rose Society gathered to plant a rose in honour of history-maker Kate Sheppard.
The planting at the quarry last month was part of a tribute to Sheppard, 125 years after the suffragemovement secured women the vote inNew Zealand.
Park volunteer Bev Monk said it already had a historic rose garden, so the planting of the rose was away “of putting [Sheppard] on the map, here in Te Puna”.
“It also recognises the two peoplewho have done so much in the horticultural world.”
Gertrude Jekyll and EllenWillmott were two English horticulturalists who were honoured during Queen Victoria’s Gold Celebrations. The Kate Sheppard rose was planted next to tributes to Jekyll and Willmott.
Monk said the planting was significant because of the rarity of the historic rose. “It’s about saving them for future generations. We’ve got roses going back to the 15th and 16th centuries.”
The rose is believed to be the only one in the Western Bay of Plenty and top rose grower Rob Somerfield helped to plant it.
Monk paid tribute to volunteers Ruth and Ed Dainty, who spent countless hours of backbreaking work to transform what was a rocky patch of land into the beautiful historic rose garden of today.
— Kiri Gillespie
Jo Dawkins and Rob Somerfield at the Kate Sheppard rose planting at the Te Puna Quarry.