New roses on show

Hamilton News - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Tiffany

If you haven’t yet voted for your favourite new roses in this year’s New Zealand Rose of the Year Trial get along to the Rogers Rose Gar­den at Hamil­ton Gar­dens be­fore the votes are counted on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Un­like most other rose com­pe­ti­tions around the world which are judged by ex­perts, the New Zealand Rose of the Year has been judged by the pub­lic since 2004.

There are beds of the new roses at the Rogers Rose Gar­den plus beds of past win­ners.

The main vot­ing cat­e­gories are: New Zealand Rose of the Year, Best New Zealand Raised Rose, Best Hy­brid Tea Rose, Best Flori­bunda Rose, Best Climb­ing Rose and Best Shrub Rose. There is also a Most Fra­grant Rose sec­tion and a spe­cial Chil­dren’s Choice Award.

You will get to vote for your top five new roses.

The four-day Pa­cific Rose Bowl Fes­ti­val is free and takes place un­der the Pa­cific Ac­cord of Friend­ship. Leg­endary New Zealand rose breeder Dr Sam Mc­gredy ini­ti­ated the friend­ship af­fil­i­a­tion with the com­mon ob­jec­tive of pro­mot­ing roses world­wide.

Fes­ti­val Direc­tor Emma Reynolds says Dr Mc­gredy will be at the prize giv­ing this year.

The fes­ti­val is named af­ter the tro­phy awarded to the win­ner of the New Zealand Rose of the Year Tri­als.

Ms Reynolds says there will be a to­tal of 82 roses at this years’s fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing seven new roses from this year’s tri­als.

The Pa­cific Ac­cord of Friend­ship in­cludes trial gar­dens in Ade­laide, Aus­tralia, Rose Hills, Cal­i­for­nia and Gifu, Ja­pan. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from these gar­dens reg­u­larly at­tend each other’s events and are com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing roses around the world.

Ev­ery year the best new roses from around the world are en­tered into the New Zealand Rose of the Year Trial. Each rose is en­tered by an RINZ (Rose In­tro­duc­ers of New Zealand Ltd) rep­re­sen­ta­tive on be­half of the breeder.

To be el­i­gi­ble for judg­ing a rose must be avail­able for sale to the pub­lic.

Photo / Peter Tiffany

The Pa­cific Rose Bowl is held by the three daugh­ters of leg­endary New Zealand rose breeder Dr Sam Mc­gredy. His daugh­ters are (from left) Clodagh Mc­gredy Leigh, Maria Mc­gredy Win­der and Kathryn Mc­gredy. In 2017 the sis­ters ac­cepted the tro­phy on be­half of the win­ner.

Photo / Peter Tiffany

Last year’s New Zealand Rose of the Year was also the favourite with the young­sters, win­ning the votes as Chil­dren’s Choice Award. The bright yel­low beauty — Best Wishes — was bred by Colin Dick­son of North­ern Ire­land and en­tered in the com­pe­ti­tion by Matthews Nurs­eries.

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