Nelson Leader : March 14th 2013
21 THE NELSON LEADER, MARCH 14, 2013 NEWS AFTER DEATH PET CARE Pet Cremations Burials & Memorials Nelson based A dignified farewell for your pet Letting Go With Love Love... Al&JoReid (03) 548-5072 or 0800 738 386 email@example.com www.petfunerals.co.nz 4874716AA www.citymotorcycles.co.nz City Motorcycles 27 Vanguard Street, Nelson CitMt l FOR BMW PARTS AND SERVICE AND MOTO GUZZI SALES, AND MOTO GUZZI SALES, PARTS AND SERVICE PARTS AND SERVICE 5102588AA The Ultimate Driving Machine Roses will come in from all over NZ Spectacular display: Nelson Rose Society member Joan Heaphy pruning some of the 300 rose bushes in her garden. Photo: PHIL BARNES By PHIL BARNES At least 50 enthusiasts from all around the country have regis- tered for the New Zealand Rose Society’s national autumn show and con- vention to be held at the Stoke Memorial Hall this weekend. The show is being organised by the Nelson Rose Society and secretary Helen Banks said registrants were coming from as far away as Whangarei and Tapanui. ‘‘Some of the best rose exhibitors in the country will be here including Michael and Marion Brown from Ohoka near Christchurch and Janice Walker and Vio- let Forshaw from Whangarei.’’ She said it was the fifth national con- vention that had been held in Nelson and the society would be celebrating its 65th anniversary at the same time. ‘‘We have also hosted four South Island conventions for the Ranfurly Shield for Roses.’’ Helen said the Nelson society was a small group with a common interest in gardening with an emphasis on the love of roses. Some of the Nelson members regularly travelled around the country to share that pleasure with members in other rose societies, she said. ‘‘We have recently been to Greymouth to take part in the Rose Ranfurly Shield. We have won this on four occasions. We didn’t win this time but we had a marvel- lous weekend.’’ The Nelson group meets monthly dur- ing the growing season and takes part in events such as garden trails, exhibiting in rose, horticultural and A and P shows and at social gatherings. ‘‘We also have a consulting rosarian service for our members with problems with their roses,’’ Helen said. The Nelson District Rose Society is made up of three separate groups, Nelson, Moutere Hills (which includes Motueka), and Golden Bay, and Helen said between five and 10 members from these groups will be entering the show. But this will be dependant on what their displays are like later in the week as the hot weather and cold nights have hindered growth in some gardens. ‘‘Roses don’t really like travelling for too long and people bringing them a long distance tend to pack them in chilly bins and wrap them up in wadding.’’ Helen said there would be 42 trophy classes at the show with 18 sponsored local classes including prizes for people who have never won anything at the nationals before, Time for Tea which is a prize for an arrangement in a tea cup, a prize for a rose with an Irish connection as the show coincides with St Patrick’s Day and a prize exclusively for men called Best Foot Forward.’ Joan Heaphy, who is part of the organ- ising committee, said more and more men were taking part in shows. Joan said there were many attractions for growing roses. In Nelson they flowered up to three times a year and there were generally flowers on a rose bush for nine months of the year. ‘‘It’s the queen of flowers and you can get so many different varieties these days.’’ Helen said it was a very versatile plant. ‘‘It’s the only plant you can grow from the Arctic Circle to the equator even if you have to grow them a little differen- tly on the Arctic Circle.’’ ❚ The show will be open to the public from 1.30pm till 5pm this Saturday and 10am till 4pm this Sunday.
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