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

What a busy end to 2018 we had!

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!

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Looking forward to our next meeting!

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.

Thank you to all who attended

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!


Some exciting meetings coming up!

This weekend we have Kath Broad talking about Ergo-metrics, mobility and lifting in the garden. For those that are wanting to lift and move around their gardens safely this is a must. Likewise for those who may be suffering creaks and pains. Come along and find out how to avoid injuries and mishaps!

Next month is also of course our pruning demonstration at the Parnell Rose Gardens. Come along and learn from the experts how best to prune your roses! See you there!

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