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Published October 14th 2018
Grab your notebook and pick your favourites
Attending a rose show is a wonderful way to see the very best roses grown in Adelaide. On show, in all the classes, including large-flowered roses (hybrid teas), cluster roses (floribundas) heritage roses, David Austin's English roses and floral art displays.
A perfect English rose, but is it good enough for a rose show? Image by Kat May.
It is also the best time to choose your roses for next year's bare root season in winter. This may be when you buy your roses, but it is now in Spring you need to get out with notebook, pen and camera in hand and select your favourites. Of course, you cannot see the size of the plant but at rose shows, the experts are on hand to give you any help you may need.
At Rose Shows you can see the very best blooms. Image by Kat May
So get along to one of the rose shows and mix and mingle with the best growers. There will be some interesting speakers and information booths on hand. Rose shows are the highlight of the year for members to share their love of roses and promote the growing of roses by all.
ROSE SOCIETY OF S.A SPRING ROSE SHOW October 20th and 21st, 2018 Location- Burnside Community Centre, corner of Portrush and Greenhill Roads, Tusmore.
After a morning of private judging of the roses, the weekend event opens on Saturday at 12 noon until 5pm. An official opening will be at 3pm by gardening expert, Jon Lamb. This time is very crowded and you can hardly move as members huddle about and see who has won the competition awards.
If you want a more quiet time to wander around the displays then go on Sunday when hours are from 10- 4pm.
BAROSSA ROSE AND GARDEN SHOW Organised by Roses of The Heartland, this event is now a biennial one. It has a new location and is now held in Tanunda at St Paul's Church Hall, corner Murray St and Basedow Rd.
Dates- October 27th and 28th, 2018.
Rose shows have plenty of roses and other flowers to look at. Image by Kat May.
This rose show has a number of special categories including the Barossa Beauty with a huge cash prize. If you have ever wondered what judges are looking for you can see from these magnificent huge blooms. The show is also closed in the morning on Saturday for judging, opening at 12 noon with a special appearance by Trevor Nottle, garden author and expert in heritage roses at 1pm. Trevor will have his new book on dry climate gardening for sale.
Sunday hours are 10am-4pm. There is a tea room set up serving refreshments. So grab your notebook and head to the country for an old-fashioned day out admiring the best roses in the north.