New roses on show
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.
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.
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.