Rose hon­ours Shep­pard

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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.

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