Auckland Rose Society Spring Show

Auckland Rose Society’s Major Event of the Year. Come to see the best roses in Auckland. An exhibition of roses grown by Rose Society members, at the beautiful and historic Selwyn Library.

8 Saint Stephens Avenue, Parnell, Auckland 1052

November 14, 2020 – November 15, 2020

Open to the public:

Saturday 11.30am to 4.00pm and

Sunday 10.00am to 2.00pm.

ARS members who are exhibiting – please see the show schedule for staging times. 

Lets Talk Roses – at various Kings Plant Barn stores – CANCELLED

Unfortunately due to Auckland going into Lock-down level 3, the Talks at Kings Plant Barn have been cancelled. 

Auckland Rose Society is looking forward to seeing you at our talks at Kings Plants Barn stores around Auckland. For an hour of information on Roses.

Please take note of when your local store has a rose event, as these will be on specific days at specific times 🙂

Stores, dates and times:-

Takanini 15th August (Sat) 12pm

St. Lukes 16th August (Sun) 12pm
Henderson 16th August (Sun) 2pm

Botany 23rd August (Sun) 12pm
Remuera 23rd August (Sun) 2pm
Silverdale 23rd August (Sun) 2.30pm
Takapuna 23rd August (Sun) 12. 30pm

Sign up as a rose society member on the day and receive 50% off your annual membership!* *(Only for attendees on the day and for email memberships only).

Up Coming Events

It’s great to see Covid-19 restrictions are now able to be eased, well done Aotearoa New Zealand.

While we have been in lock-down the Rose Society committee have been busy planning and organising some wonderful events.

  • Our next event (6th June) is the much-anticipated talk by Dianne Duncan on her visit to the Chelsea Flower show last year.
  • Followed by a Pruning Demonstration at the Parnell Rose gardens (27th June), come and see how it’s done.
  • Then a Rose Care Workshop (12th July) hosted by the Auckland Horticultural Council and presented by the Auckland Rose Society.
  • Keep a look out as we update the Website and Facebook page, we have events organised every month for the rest of the year and beyond.

We are all looking forward to catching up with you and sharing the love of roses.

Happy gardening.

Covid- 19 Alert Level 2

As a country we will move to Level 2 on Thursday. The restriction being that events cannot number more than 10 persons for at least 2 more weeks, therefore the May Monthly Meeting and AGM have been postponed until the 6th of June.


In line with the Covid-19  protocol, we will have a register for people to sign on arrival  and will require everyone to maintain a safe social distance; unfortunately we will not be able to serve afternoon tea.

The committee is looking forward to catching up with you all soon, and have some interesting guest speakers planned for the upcoming Monthly Meetings.

In the meantime keep safe and well, and happy gardening.




As a result of increased Covid-19 alert the Auckland Rose Society will cancel/postpone all future meetings until further notice.

We will keep in touch via our Web page, Facebook, and for members through the magazine and emails.

Keep safe and stay well, and happy gardening!

Auckland Rose Society Annual Competition and Show

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.


Pruning Demonstrations

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.

Frank Penn Memorial Award 2019 – Max Bullen


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

Max Bullen receiving the Frank Penn Memorial Award 2019 from the New Zealand Rose Society President Janet Pike