A couple of years ago the members of the Bay of Plenty Rose Society decided that they could no longer host a judged show – the number of members was falling while their age was rising.
Instead, they now have a two-day display at Palmers in Bethlehem and include all sorts of roses, not just those that would find favour on a show bench.
This year, for instance, there are David Austin blooms alongside old roses and in among modern hybrids, including some by Rob Somerfield of Te Puna, a breeder that Sam McGredy calls “the pride of New Zealand”. There are flowers of floribundas, climbers, shrub roses and bush roses. There is also an entire table given over to miniature blooms.
The display is on until close of business tomorrow. Palmers provides an order sheet so fancied roses not in stock can be obtained, and rose society members are on hand to talk about caring for the plants.