November and December is the time for rose shows and displays throughout New Zealand. Rose enthusiasts look forward to this time of the year as they show off their blooms to fellow rose lovers. There are a wide range of classes in which roses are entered from the more formal ‘one bloom per vase’ through to novelty classes where imaginations can run wild around various themes. No matter what your preference is, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
What if you have a few blooms and want to enter them? No problem, just make contact with your local rose society and someone will be happy to help you out on the day.
Rose shows are also a great chance to learn from rose enthusiasts who are only to happy to share their knowledge and experience. So if you have a problem affecting your roses, want some help identifying a variety or some advice on which roses to grow, feel free to ask and also join up to your local rose society.
Below is a list of rose shows and displays being held around New Zealand, more will be added as details come to hand. For any general enquiries, contact Hayden Foulds
2017 National Spring Rose Show “Glitz & Glamour’ hosted by the Northland Rose Society
November 17th – 19th, Forum North, Whangarei
Show open Saturday 18th 12 noon – 4.30pm and Sunday 19th 10am – 4pm. Admission $4
Further information is available here
Bay of Plenty: Saturday 4th November. Venue: Greerton Hall, Tauranga. Show open 11am – 4pm. Entry $3, children free. Contact Judy 07 573 6525 for further information or a copy of the schedule.
Franklin: Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November. Venue: St Andrews Centre, corner of Queen and Kirk Streets, Waiuku in conjunction with the Waiuku Festival of Flowers. Open to the public Fri 3rd 11am – 5pm and Sat 10am – 5pm.
Gisborne: Saturday 4th November.
Manawatu: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November. Venue: Community Leisure Centre, 569 Ferguson St, Palmerston North. Show open Sat 25th 12 noon – 4pm, Sun 26th 9.30am – 3pm. Free entry.
North Otago: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December. Venue: Blind Foundation Hall, Steward St, Oamaru. Show open Friday 1st 1 – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm.
Otago: Saturday 9th December. Venue: Forbury Park Raceway, Dunedin from 10am to 5pm. Roses and other plants for sale, rose ID, raffles and refreshments. $5.00 entry fee.
Waikato: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November. Venue: Hamilton Gardens Pavillion, Hamilton. Show open Sat 11th 12noon – 5pm and Sun 12th 10am – 4.30pm. Entry $5, Gold Card holders $2.50, under 16 free with adult.
Download schedule here WRS Schedule 2017
Westland: Saturday 2nd December. Venue: Trinity Centre, Tainui Street, Greymouth. Show open 1pm.