Rose Pruning at Parnell Rose Gardens- Dove-Myer Robinson Park

Saturday 26th June 2021
** Rose Pruning Demonstration **

Time: 1.30pm- 2.30 pm
Venue: Parnell Rose Gardens
St Georges Bay Road, Parnell
Street Parking Available

Meet at the Archway
Please bring secateurs, gloves, and a bucket for prunings which are to be put in the skip on site.
Loppers and pruning saws also welcome if you have them.
Expert advice on pruning of hybrid tea roses and climbing roses.
(Please note there will be no alternate date if it rains).

Auckland Rose Society – 75th Anniversary

The Auckland Rose Society celebrated its 75th Anniversary on Saturday 27th February. A Vintage High Tea was served for guests and members at the Auckland Horticultural Council venue at 956 Great North Road. A huge vote of thanks to the organising committee and friends. The Anniversary Cake was cut by our Patron and our newest member. Thanks also to Kings Plant Barn, Yates and Kiwi Gardener magazine for their ongoing support of the Auckland Rose Society.

Up Coming Events

We have moved to the new Auckland Horticultural Council venue, 956 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland 1022.

  • At the Auckland Rose Society meeting on Saturday 22nd May, Martin Keay will be giving a presentation on Heritage Roses, Perennials and more.
  • On Saturday 26th June members of the Auckland Rose Society will be holding a pruning demonstration at the Parnell Rose Gardens 1:30pm – 3:00pm.
  • 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.


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 20th November open to the public from 11am to 4.15pm
Sunday 21st  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