Pacific Rosebowl 2016

Just back from an afternoon in Hamilton, helping judge the Pacific Rosebowl entries in the Rogers Rose Garden, and then attending the afternoon tea and prizegiving – and would like to thank those I sat with for making feel so welcome.

Best Hybrid Tea: Sunline, bred by Rob Somerfield (Glenavon Roses, NZ). Sunline (1995-2009) was the world’s highest-earning racing mare of her time. She retired from racing in 2002 and was put down in 2009 after suffering a debilitating hoof disease. Some months later, Rob said, her owner phoned asking if it would be possible to have a rose named for the horse.

Sunline in Rogers Rose Garden. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Best climber: Indigo Knights, bred by Chris Warner (UK). Accepting the prize was Ben Pratt of Tasman Bay Roses, the New Zealand agent for Warner-bred plants. Tasman Bay Roses was started by Ben’s parents, Nigel and Judy, in 1966.

Most Fragrant: Double Fragrance, selected by Rob Somerfield (a climbing sport of Deep Secret).

And then came …

Best Floribunda, Children’s Choice, Best NZ-Raised Rose & NZ Rose of the Year: Christchurch Remembers, bred by Rob Somerfield.

Christchurch Remembers. The rose will be widely available next winter. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Rob wanted to name a rose for the city but didn’t want to do it too soon after the fatalities in the 2011 earthquake. He also sought – and was given – permission by Mayor Lianne Dalziel to name the rose, which won a Gold Star of the South Pacific at the National Trial Grounds in 2014, as a memorial to the 185 people who died in the February 22 quake.

The Grand Old Man of Roses, Sam McGredy, was in attendance, tootling about in a golf cart to view the blooms. Daughter Kathryn McGredy presented the Sam McGredy Award for the Best NZ-Raised Rose, while another daughter, Clodagh McGredy, presented the Pacific Rosebowl for the NZ Rose of the Year.

Kathryn McGredy presents Rob Somerfield with the Sam McGredy Award. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Rob Somerfield receives the Pacific Rosebowl trophy for NZ Rose of the Year from Clodagh McGredy. Photo: Sandra Simpson

 

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2 thoughts on “Pacific Rosebowl 2016

  1. Fantastic result for Rob who is so generous in the time he gives to Rose Societies and pupils of Tauranga Intermediate School. His roses do very well in the Bay of Plenty.

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