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The Horowhenua District Rose Society is proud to be hosting THE NATIONAL SPRING ROSE SHOW 2012, THE NATIONAL ROSE SHOW & CONVENTION. November 16th - 18th 2012. Venue Levin Memorial Hall, Chamberlain Street., Levin Free Entry Rose show open to the public on Saturday 17th Nove. 1.30pm - 5pm, Sunday 18th Nov. 10am-4pm.

 

      Twelve Days before the National spring Rose Show is due to take place and our own Rose Garden in
     Cambridge 
Street is looking terrific. The roses are starting to bloom and the colours are amazing.
    The grounds are in perfect condition.   ( Thanks to the Council Contractors) 
                    IT IS WELL WORTH WHILE TO STOP AND HAVE A LOOK AND ENJOY

    HERE ARE A FEW PHOTOS TAKEN IN THE GARDEN BY THE OLD COURT HOUSE ON THE 5/11/2012

       The date is now 17 th November and The Levin National Spring Rose  Show is under way.
      Following on from the photos there are over one hundred photos on the rose show.
      Starting with setting upthe hall  on the Friday before the show and finishing on the
      completion of the show on Sunday 18/11/2012

    18 th March 2013   News Flash from the National Rose Show Held in Nelson from March 15 - 17.

     Local Rose Breeder adds to NZ medal tally.  Read about it a the end of photos. Interesting.

      Friday December 6 - 2013 This following report was printed in The Horowhenua  Chronicle 
      A report about the 2013 International Rose Show held in Palmerston North during november.
     And about the name change of our own Rose Gardens in Cambridge Street

       Local roses took pride of place at the International Rose Show held in Palmerston North last month, with three of the four Levin exhibitors
    all gaining third placing in a variety of categories.  Due to MAP quarantine regulations, only "local" roses could be exhibited; however, the
    show still attracted overseas visitors and a number of international judges.
    More than 50 exhibitors from around the country competed, and with more than 70 categories to show in, the Levin blooms held their
    own.
Julie Harris took third in the three stages of the development class with red rose Loving Memory, and in the one exhibition bloom with
    Racy Lady.
  Margaret Hayward's Old Master gained a third in the seedling stem class and Peggy Jourdain came third in the one vase of
    heritage roses
 display.

  On Thursday, the Levin Public Gardens was officially renamed the Nola Simpson Rose Gardens by Mayor Brendan Duffy,

 unveiling the new sign in front of local rose enthusiasts
and visitor
 from the International Rose Show.
 Nola
Simpson's nephew John Ford said his aunt didn't like a lot
of
 fanfare but she was always chuffed about the recognition.
    A life member of the Horowhenua District Rose Society
until her
 death in 2011, Mrs Simpson bred the first brown
hybrid tea roses
 inNew Zealandand  received a Queen's
Service Medal in 1995 for
 services to roses.
    '' She was very humble in so many ways and down to
earth,
 and the renaming of the gardens is an absolute thrill.
I just want to
 thank the rose society and Anna Bradbury
and Julie Harris in
 particular for their tireless efforts to make
 
it all happen. It's just a great tribute to them as well as Nola,
the family and the town,"
   Mr Ford said.  Horowhenua District Rose Society turned
60 at
 the weekend and as part of its annual rose show
hosted a dinner
 and high tea. About 25 past members were
able to attend the
 weekend celebrations, which also drew
more than 300 people 
to the Levin Memorial Hall to view the
374 blooms on display,
 competing for a place on the trophy
table.

    The JM Carmichael's Rose >    Bowl for champion bloom
  

    Miss. Gordon became Mrs.Nola Simpson and a famous rose breeder known through out the rose world for her breeding program and her roses she bred over her lifetime, namely  bringing 'the brown roses' to the fore with, Hot Chocolate, Dark Moments, Chocolate Prince and many many more that we enjoy in our gardens and on the show bench today. 

  Nola was the national rose society patron for many years and had received many awards from overseas recognising her contributions to rose breeding. Nola was born in Levin, resided in P.North and was a life member of Horowhenua District Rose Society until her  passing in 2011. Nola's Nephew, John Ford carries on her legacy in P.North breeding roses and runs a small boutique rose nursery growing and selling a lot of Nola's cultivars.

Anna Bradbury  

  of the show went to rose society president Anna Bradbury with Dancing 
  Pink. 

  She also scooped trophies for premier exhibition bloom and premier
  large and small stems.
  Ms Bradbury  said  considering the show was late and the first flush of
  roses nearly finished, "we had an extremely colourful show with a 
  variety of roses, floribunda and miniatures".    
     Premier trophy awards also went to Ingrid and Bruce Lambie with
  Hamilton Gardens(decorative bloom); Frances Roach with Paola (fully
  open bloom and best red rose in show); Stuart and Monica Pinfold who
  scooped five of the six premier awards for miniatures and Beverley
  Gatfield with Dusky Dancer (miniature large stem).

 

 

 

 


 Now this is the National    2012 Show

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    A Little History about The Levin Rose Society
      ( As reported in The Evening Post 1944) 

LEVIN ROSE SHOW Evening Post, Volume CXXXVIII, Issue 125, 23 November 1944, Page 9

                      LEVIN ROSE SHOW
    The annual rose show of the Levin Horticultural, Society was held in the Century Hall on Tuesday. The effect of the inclement spring weather was reflected in fewer entries than usual, but Horowhenua maintained its reputation as the flower garden of New Zealand. A pleasing feature was the increased interest taken by the younger generation, the entries in their sections being a record. Rain badly affected the attendance.

    The champion bloom, an Earl Halg, in perfect condition, was shown by Mrs. C. S. Black Kevin. The novice best bloom was a Karl Dniski, exhibited by W. Bacon.

    The prize-winners in the various sections of the. show were:—Roses: Amateur, Miss L Blackburn; novice, Mrs. I. D. Parsons. Decoratire: Miss M, Burdekin and Miss M. Bevan Sweet peas: Mr.. H. J. Jones. Children's decorative : Under 10, Nancy Brown; under 16 Audrey Allen. Fruit: Mr. R. W. Evans Vegetable ; Mr. -W. M. Allan. The points prizes for needlework, cooking, and domestic were gained by Miss J. Brewster, Miss V. Bubb, and Mrs. Batt respectively.

  A group of people viewing prizes at The 5th annual
                           Rose Society Show 1969 

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                Can anyone name these people ?

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     Horowhenua Rose Society 6th annual Show 1970 

Penciled on back - Enthusiasts at the Horowhenua Rose Society’s annual show. The judge Mr A. Scott, Morrinsville (right) admires a bloom. from left Messrs C. Holyoake, Waikanae, W.W. Nockels, V. Cave, pres & Miss L. Blackburn. Mon. Nov. 23, 1970.

 Miss Gordon exhibitor at Rose society's 5th annual Show 1969 copy by henryphillips

 Growing good: Horowhenua District Rose Society president Anna Bradbury tends to plants in Levin's public rose gardens, with its new pergola in the lead up to the National Spring Rose Show

 roseHC

   Anna Bradbury  said about photo of Miss Gordon

 

     Miss. Gordon became Mrs.Nola Simpson and a famous rose breeder known through out the rose world for her breeding program and her roses she bred over her lifetime, namely  bringing 'the brown roses' to the fore with, Hot Chocolate, Dark Moments, Chocolate Prince and many many more that we enjoy in our gardens and on the show bench today. 

      Nola was the national rose society patron for many years and had received many awards from overseas recognising her contributions to rose breeding. Nola was born in Levin, resided in P.North and was a life member of Horowhenua District Rose Society until her  passing in 2011. Nola's Nephew, John Ford carries on her legacy in P.North breeding roses and runs a small boutique rose nursery growing and selling a lot of  Nola's cultivars.


 Garden comes up roses
 KELVIN TEIXEIRA  Horowhenua Mail

A new pergola stands at Levin's public rose gardens, built in time for next month's National Spring Rose Show.

The project had been on the Horowhenua District Council's "to do" list, however, to see it completed before the upcoming rose show, a professional builder volunteered his services.

Warren Bradbury, of Otaki, constructed the pergola over three weekends, with the council supplying the timber and other materials.

Mr Bradbury's wife Anna is the president of the Horowhenua District Rose Society.

"He enjoyed working on a project like this," she said.

"And now we have a lovely pergola connecting the two circular beds of roses."

A limestone path and gardens lining the pathway were also extended and more roses and lavender were planted.

Mrs Bradbury said it completed the atmosphere at the gardens and, with the natural aisle the pergola created, she envisaged it would become a popular venue for weddings.

But having the pergola ready for the rose show was the main aim, as visitors were likely to look around the public rose gardens also.

"The show will be at least three times the size of our normal annual show and will really fill the Memorial Hall with between 60 and 80 exhibiting growers," she said.

"We had the national autumn rose show here in Levin in 1976, but that's never as big as the spring show.

"We applied to the national rose society to host it, we were selected and we're over the moon. Although, it is quite a challenge for our small group to organise, but we've been working away and it's now all starting to come together."

The National Spring Rose Show will run from Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18 at the Levin Memorial Hall in Chamberlain St.

 

       Reported in Horowhenua Mail November 2012

Came up roses: The National Spring Rose Show held in Levin for the first time at the weekend has been described as one of the best organised and well-run by New Zealand Rose Society president Eileen Wilcox.

An estimated 2500 people visited the Levin Memorial Hall over the two days the show was open to the public.

Rose growers competed in five sections from large blooms to miniatures, as well as novelty displays, in 60 different classes.

Horowhenua rose grower Peggy Jordain won a trophy for her display vase of old-fashioned roses.

   
                                  Levin National Spring Rose Show November 17 - 18th November 1012 

Friday 16th Nov.Day before the show. exhibitors have arrived and started to set up their displays. This is Janice Walker all the way from Whangarei.

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The Memorial Hall and The Freyberg rooms look like caos but out of all this a brilliant well attended show will emerge, as will be seen in following photos.

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 Organizers hard at work

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Material for the displays arriving in the Freyberg room

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 A stunning wall mural in the foyer of the Hall

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 Friday morning trestles and displays are starting to be sorted.

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 Stage area looks a bit bare at present

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 The Stage area is almost ready for the Roses

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  The Quilting backdrop is amazing top quality work

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Displays starting to come together

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   Very busy people starting to bring everything together

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 Concentration to make it just right

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                 Violet Forshaw from Whangarei

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 The colours are amazing

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Wendy Van Deldren from Paraparaumu, love the smile.

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  Judy and Graham Williamson from Kapiti

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 These displays will be remembered for many years to  come

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Hardly had room to move. 


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 The hall was packed with visitors during most of the  show

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 Unbelievable crowds throughout the weekend.

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  Mrs  Anna Bradbury ( President Horowhenua Rose Society) worked hard to make this show so successful.

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 Our own his worship the  Mayor Mr. Brenden Duffy enjoying the show.

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  This lovely lady loves her roses, just had to buy. 

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  The honorable Nathan Guy MP,  with his family,
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   The raffle ticket sellers were busy all the week end

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News Flash from National Autum Rose Show March 2013  
    Rose Breeder adds to NZ medal Tally

By RANDALL WALKER  Horowhenua Mail dated March 28th  2013

Hobby rose breeder Beverley Gatfield has added to her medal tally with a strong showing at the National Autumn Rose Show.

    The Horowhenua Rose Society member scooped three wins and five other placings, and claimed the New Zealand Rose Breeders Medal at the show in Nelson, from March 15 to 17.
    It was the 10th time she had won the medal since 2000.  She won the miniature seedling rose bloom with Tangerine Tiger and seedling rose stem, with Candlelight, and the large seedling rose bloom for one she called Red Shrublet - winning a silver tray with each. There were four classes for seedlings and she won the three she entered.
   In the other classes she picked up second or third placings, she said.
   Mrs Gatfield, of Otaki, started breeding roses in 1992, and said one of her early creations was exhibited by another rose enthusiast in the Palm-erston North national show and won Queen of the Show in the miniatures. "It's quite nice to go to shows and see my roses popping up here, there and everywhere."
   To create new roses she took seeds from ripe rose hips that had been pollinated. "At pruning time in July, I take the hips, cut them open, take the seeds out, put them in damp kitchen paper and seal them in a plastic bag and put them in the fridge for six weeks.
   "And that sort of stratifies them, they think they've gone through a winter, and then about September 1, I plant them in seed mix and by Christmas time they've got a flower."

She never knew what she was going to get until it flowered.
"Sometimes they don't stay miniature, you'll get a big rose.

"One rose hip could have 12 seeds inside it and every one will be different, they'll be a variation, but ... they can have a different form, a different leaf, it's fascinating."

   Roses that look promising can be grafted on to multiflora root stock to reproduce the same var­iety, or cuttings can be taken and grown. "They can be three or four years before you realise you've got a good one, you've got to look at them each year and evaluate them."

   Mrs Gatfield does not sell roses, but gives them away. She was looking forward to the next spring show, in Palmerston North, in November.

  

 Rose Breeder adds to NZ medal tally at the National Autum Rose held in Nelson from March 15 - 17 2013. 

 

Photo by Horowhenua MailRose breeder Beverly Gatfield 2013

Following are Photos taken in the Rose Gardens in November 2013

November 2013 The Rose Garden looks absolutely brilliant. 

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