Rose breeder Rob Somerfield of Te Puna, near Tauranga, has done it again – taking out the Rose of the Year award at the recent Pacific Rose Bowl Festival in Hamilton with Looking Good, a pink floribunda that will go on sale next year and will also support the cancer charity Look Good, Feel Better.
Looking Good also won the Best Floribunda, Best New Zealand Raised Rose and Children’s Choice awards, the last a favourite of Rob’s because he reckons youngsters judge in a very “pure” way. They like what they like. Read an interview with Rob about his win here. As you may recall, Rob won the top award at the Rose Bowl last year with Love Heart.
Best Fragrance: Caroline Bay by Mike Athy (Gisborne), another of his purple-hued blooms. Read an interview with Mike here.
The Pacific Rose Bowl Festival is decided entirely by public vote. Early next month the results from the National Rose Trial Grounds in Palmerston North will be announced; these are decided by a panel of rose judges.