I love the things we have here in South Australia – the fabulous food, wine, people and places – beauty everywhere. And, for more beauty in my life, I own and operate a gorgeous little gallery called Mrs Harris’ Shop: www.mrsharrisshop.com.au
Choose a winning rose: be a winner
How would you like to have some input into the roses that will be on sale in nurseries and garden centres in the next couple of years?
The garden was started in 1996 as a joint venture of the Botanic Gardens and the National Rose Society of Australia. It was established to trial roses not yet commercially available in Australia, whether they were bred in Australia or overseas. Such gardens exist throughout the world and help the rose industry establish which roses are best suited to a particular area.
Here in Australia, many of the roses we see are bred in the northern hemisphere where the climate is very different, so it's likely many will not perform well in Australian conditions. It makes sense then, to have only the most suited to our conditions commercially available.
A growing trial takes place over two years, where all plants are grown under the same conditions and judged periodically. Criteria include health and vigour of the rose, hardiness and disease tolerance, beauty and impact, abundance and beauty of the flowers.
Each year, there is an award ceremony where those roses that reach certain standards are awarded medals or certificates of merit, and the winner becomes the Australian Rose of the Year.
If you choose the most popular rose, you too could be a winner! There are great prizes to be won, including Neutrog products, a voucher, roses, garden advice and a year's membership of the Rose Society.
2013 People's Choice: Peter Brock Foundation Rose
On Saturday 7 or Sunday 8 April, between 10am and 4pm, take a stroll through the beautiful garden and choose your favourite rose. All the while, you'll be able to enjoy roses from all over the world: France, Germany, The Netherlands, UK and USA, plus roses bred locally and interstate.
It's easy! Check out the forty cultivars on display, then list your top five in order of preference.