Rose garden tipped for international award

24 November 2014

The Lady Norwood Rose Garden is in the running for an international “Garden of Excellence” award.

The roses are in full bloom at Lady Norwood Rose Garden.

The Lady Norwood Rose Garden at the Wellington Botanic Garden

The rose garden, at Wellington Botanic Garden, has been nominated by the New Zealand Rose Society for the World Federation of Rose Societies award, which will be announced in Lyon, France in May next year.

In Wellington, roses have to put up with spring gales and unpredictable weather – and still come up smelling of, well, roses. But the Lady Norwood Rose Garden has perfected the art of growing strong, healthy roses in challenging conditions.

The garden’s 3000 rose plants, including traditional climbers, standards and other popular bush roses, are a big drawcard for the 1.2 million visitors to the Botanic Garden each year.

Every year the garden tests new varieties, choosing scented, vigorous growers that are pest and disease-resistant for the rose beds. Gardeners do minimal agrichemical spraying, instead using physical, environmental or biological control to manage pests.

Every season the garden lists the 20 best-performing roses and a Top 10 of our most fragrant roses. The best time to see the roses and get some tips from the rose team is from mid-November to December.