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 24th May 2018
Auckland: Saturday 23rd June at 1pm for 1.30pm start. Venue: Parnell Rose Gardens (Dove-Myer Robinson Park) 85-87 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052. If wet, will be Saturday 30th June.
Canterbury: Sunday June 9th at 10.30am. Venue: Broadfield NZ Landscape Gardens, 250 Selwyn Rd, Prebbleton
Suitable both for total beginners and experienced rose growers. There will be the opportunity to take part in guided walks of the garden as well. The usual entry fee to the gardens is generously waived by the owner. If there is heavy rain or snow the plan is to carry the event over to the following day, Sunday 10 June, same time. If you have any questions, please feel free to give Dawn a ring on 03 349 9640.
Carterton: Thursday 14th June at 1pm. Venue: St Mary’s Church, King St, Carterton. All welcome to join in and learn some helpful tips on how to prune your roses.
Franklin: Saturday 14th July from 8.30 – 10.30am weather permitting. Venue – Roselands Shopping Centre, Great South Road, Papakura.
Gisborne: Sunday 1st July. Please phone Deidree on 06 867 5477 for details.
Hutt Valley: Sunday 3rd June 10am – 12noon. Venue: Mitre 10 Mega Petone, 25 Bouverie St, Petone.
Manawatu: Saturday 30th June 1.30pm and Sunday 8th July 1.30pm. Venue: Dugald Mackenzie Rose Gardens, Victoria Esplanade Gardens, Palmerston North. Bring your secateurs and have a go under the tuition of local experts.
North Otago: Sunday 30th June at 1pm. Venue: Oamaru North School, Torridge Street, Oamaru. Postponement date is Saturday 7th July.
Otago: Saturday 21st July 1.30 – 2.30pm. Venue: Dunedin Botanic Garden Information Centre.
Southland: Sunday 17 June 1.30pm at 37 Vyner Road Invercargill.
South Canterbury: Saturday 14th July 1.30pm at Mr and Mrs Tom Handys property, Handy’s Lane on the Pleasant Point Highway. Bring a friend, everyone welcome. Afternoon tea provided, no charge. If wet, will be Sunday 15th July.
Saturday July 28th at 1.30pm. Venue – Plantorama Nursery & Garden Centre, 124 Kennels Rd, Timaru.
Wairarapa: Saturday 7th July at 11am. Venue – Queen Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens. If wet 14th July.
West Otago: Saturday 4th August at 10.30am. Venue: Community Rose Gardens, Suffolk St,Tapanui. If wet, will be 11th August.