Auckland Rose Society Committee has a busy and eventful 2020 planned for our Members. Garden visits, Monthly Meetings, Pruning Demonstrations, our Annual Show and 75th Anniversary celebrations are just a few of the events already planned. We look forward to meeting up with you all again this year, Happy Gardening!
All welcome! Come and see the best Roses in Auckland, exhibited by Rose Society members during our major event of the year, at the beautiful historic Selwyn Library.
10 St Stephens Ave, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand
Saturday 9th November open to the public from 11am to 4.15pm
Sunday 10th November open to the public from 10am to 3pm
ARS members who are exhibiting – please see the show schedule for staging times.
Guest Speaker – Chris Thompson from Bioforce.
Bioforce produces and sells biological control agents, the good guys, for control of plant pests and diseases.
Auckland Rose Society held a number of pruning demonstrations over June and July which were well attended. A big thank you to Parnell Rose Gardens and Kings Plant Barn for enabling us to share our knowledge of the care of roses. The Auckland Rose Society also wishes to extend a warm welcome to all our new members who have recently joined, and we hope to see you at our monthly meetings and special events over the coming year.
The Auckland Rose Society has great pleasure in nominating Max Bullen for the Frank Penn Memorial Award.
Max joined the Auckland Rose Society in 1985 and has been a dedicated member of the Society since. He has also been a prominent member of the Auckland Committee over the last 25 years. Max was made a life member of the Auckland Rose Society in 2008 and has previously served as Vice President and maintains the role of Vice Patron.
As one of Auckland’s leading Consulting Rosarian’s, Max wrote the cultural notes for the Auckland Rose Society Magazine for more than 25 years and also currently supplies Cultural Notes to the Franklin District Rose Society for use in the Franklin magazine as well. We have lost count of the pruning, grafting and rose culture presentations Max has performed over the last couple of decades, both for Auckland members as well as for the public, and he is always happy to help new people with their rose questions, offer advice and simply visit gardens to help out with any rose problems they may have. Each year he has helped to prune members’ roses and prune for members of the public. Many a donation has been received by the Society on the back of his annual endeavours over the last few decades.
An avid Exhibitor Max has won multiple show awards over the years and has been a regular on the Champions bench at the Auckland Show, as well as exhibiting and winning awards at the Franklin show every now and then whilst enjoying the short trip south. Max has always been there to help with the Auckland Show set-up, Stewarding, and the taking down of the Show and will also help to man the gazebo for us at the Auckland Festival of Roses at the Parnell Rose Gardens this year.
His garden is known for its two-storey high Papa Meilland and 3+ metre wide Berolina and he still maintains around 100 roses on his 880sqm section in Mt Wellington. Max has also been responsible for the Metlifecare Highland Park rose gardens for the last decade, helping to maintain hundreds of roses there in his day to day role as a gardener for the village.
We have no hesitation in nominating Max for the Frank Penn Award and feel it would be fitting recognition for his tireless efforts in supporting the Society and promoting the Rose.
Max Bullen receiving the Frank Penn Memorial Award 2019 from the New Zealand Rose Society President Janet Pike
Rose Pruning Demonstration
Saturday 22nd June 2019
Time: 1.00 to start at 1.30pm
Venue: Parnell Rose Gardens, St Georges Bay Road, Parnell (street parking available)
Meet at the archway
The tail end of the year is always busy for us with our Annual Show, The Parnell Rose Festival, The National Show and the Sweet Pea Show all occurring through November and in to early December! It’s always a fantastic way to end the year! Congratulations to Doug and Jannene Alexander for winning the Queen of the Show with their small stem of Modern Miss. Congratulations also to all the winners and place-getters in the various classes – particularly to those that made the Champions Bench and our Novice winners and first time exhibitors! Thanks also to all those tireless members and volunteers to help over the series of weekends – we couldn’t have done it without you! We start 2019 in style with a Road Trip on the 13th of January and then our first meeting of the year on the 23rd of February! Come along and join us if you can!
A week and a bit away we have Mike Roach from Roach’s Nurseries in the Waikato coming to talk to us about the roses he grows.
Roach’s Nurseries is the largest rose grower in northern Waikato and is a well-established family business owned by Mike Roach. Mike’s grandfather, Thomas Roach, started the business in 1924, and when he retired three of his six sons carried on with the nursery, growing over 100,000 roses and about 70,000 fruit trees. Mike Roach became the third generation to have owned the business when he took over from his father in the mid 1970s.
Roach’s Roses is now located at 150 Schollum Rd, Eureka which is halfway between Hamilton and Morrinsville.
We’re very excited to hear Mike talk and hope as many of you as possible can join us for the afternoon.
our Pruning demonstration at the Parnell Rose Gardens and the many Kings Plant Barn branches around Auckland. A big welcome to all those who joined! We look forward to hopefully meeting you at one of our meetings throughout the year or at our Annual Show and Competition in November. We have some great benefits, including the ability to purchase Neutrog’s Sudden Impact for Roses exclusively through membership of the Society. Our next meeting is in August and our guest speaker is Mike Roach from Roaches Nursery in the Waikato. It should be a great afternoon. In the Growers Corner we are discussing Dieback causes and will have a Cuttings swap. Hope to see you there!