A RIOT OF ROSES!
How to grow & judge the perfect rose
We have known Janice Lusty fro several years - Paul went to college with her. Janice used to grow beautiful grapes for export & local markets, but had an epiphany a few years ago & decided that roses were her true love:
"My love of roses was handed down to me by my mother, who had a beautiful rose garden. For 35 years I grew muscat grapes for export to Japan, and my love of gardening continued.
In 2002, a local lady suggested that I enter the Matamata Rose Show. I did and I won the New Entrant's Trophy.
From that day on, my desire to compete blossomed. Today, I am a member of the Waikato Rose Society, the strongest in New Zealand. I completed five years of training and exams to become a National Judge, and have also been made a Consulting Rosarian. With 400-odd rose bushes in my garden, my love for the rose has not diminished.
This year is my first without grapes, so my roses have my full attention - a great hobby with wonderful new friends throughout the country.".
Our Visit November 14
We will then head back into Matamata. Perhaps you would like to have lunch or just visit the shops.
COST: $35.00 (Transport, talk, gardens.) Payment can be made prior to the day to account: 01 0322 0214423 00 or can be paid in cash on the day in an envelope with your name on it.