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Flowers of love . . . The Champion Display Vase of miniature-type roses at the show.

By SHELLEY TOPP

An Australian rose authority has praised the New Zealand Rose Society’s National Spring Rose Show, held for the first time in North Canterbury.

World Federation of Rose Societies Australasian vice-president Paul Hains said last weekend’s show in Woodend was the best he had seen for some time.

“It is far better than our shows in Australia,” he said.

Taking time to smell the roses . . . Emma Reynolds, of Charteris Bay, near Lyttelton, with her children Murdoch, aged 4, and Emma aged 3, at last weekend’s show.

“It is a really good quality show.”

He also liked the Woodend Community Centre, saying it was a “perfect venue” for a rose show.

One of the show’s organisers, Marian Brown, from Loburn, said the two-day show had proved popular, with a long queue of people waiting to get into the centre when the doors opened at noon last Saturday.

More than 80 rose-growers from Whangarei to Invercargill displayed their blooms. Whangarei, Auckland and Waikato are recognised as strong rose-growing areas, and growers from those regions proved a strong force at the show.

Jan Lusty, from the Waikato Rose Society won the large rose Champion of Champions award with her Reflections rose, while in the miniature-rose section, the Champion of Champions award went to another Waikato grower, Irene Taylor, for her Irresistible rose.

While most main awards went to North Island rose growers, Marian and her husband Michael did score one for the South Island, with their salmon pink rose Joan Monica winning the Champion Decorative Bloom award.