Its almost rose pruning time in New Zealand so its time to think about pruning yours – roses are usually pruned between late June and mid August depending on where you live.
Despite what is often said or written about rose pruning being difficult, it is actually very easy provided a few basic principles are followed. If you are not sure on what to do with your roses, one of the best ways to learn is to attend a pruning demonstration that many rose societies hold around the country. In a friendly, relaxed environment, you can learn what to do from local rose experts – they are only to happy to share their knowledge and experiences, and answer any questions. Best of all, they are usually free.
Check back here or see our Facebook page as more details become available on pruning demonstrations. Contact us if you have any questions or wish to be put in touch with your local rose society who can help.
Updated 13th May 2017
Auckland: Saturday June 24th 1.30 – 3.30pm. Venue: Dove-Myer Robinson Park, 85-87 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland.
Canterbury: Saturday June 17th at 11am. Venue: Broadfields Garden, Selwyn Road, Broadfield near Christchurch. If wet, it will be held the following day. Entrance to the gardens is usually $15 but on June 17th, it will be free for those attending the pruning demonstration and you will be able to have a look around the garden afterwards.
Feilding: Saturday July 8th time tbc. Venue: Kowhai Park, South St, Feilding.
Hutt Valley: Sunday, June 4th at 1.30pm. Venue: War Memorial Library, Corner Queens Drive and Woburn Road, Lower Hutt.
Manawatu: Saturday 1st July 2pm. Venue: Dugald Mackenzie Rose Gardens, Victoria Esplanade Gardens, Palmerston North.
South Canterbury: Saturday July 15th 1.30pm at Mr & Mrs Tom Handy’s property Handy’s Lane, Pleasant Point Highway.
Saturday 29th July 2pm at Plantorama Garden Centre, Kennels Road, Timaru.