What a year?
A cold wet spring gave way to a hot summer with little or no rain for weeks and the roses continued to bloom!
The long over-due rain came in August and the roses continued to bloom
Our first summer show of the year was at Squires Garden Centre in Shepperton where our President Colin Squire OBE and his staff were magnificent hosts.
The exhibitors didn’t let us down either as they arrived with thousands of pristine blooms to put on a wonderful display. St Fagans in Cardiff was the next ‘Festival of Roses’ followed by the Ryedale Rose Festival at R V Rogers roses in Pickering Yorkshire.
We had a Gold Medal winning stand at the Great Yorkshire Show where we met lots of rose enthusiasts and signed up new members to our growing society.
Chorley Flower show on 28th and 29th July was our next Society show. Our Advice and Information stand at the show won another Gold Medal for the society and we looked forward to another successful weekend.
The exhibitors again provided a wonderful display of roses and then the weather took centre stage. On the sunday, the wind blew and the rain arrived. Due to safety concerns, after several trade gazebos blew over, the organisers decided not to open the show to the public. It was a sudden and sad end to an otherwise successful show. We have recently heard fro Chorley that next year’s show will go ahead as planned.
Harrogate Autumn show was a record breaker! The highest number of exhibitors and entries and the public had a superb show of excellent quality autumn roses.
In spite of appalling weather, our exhibitors, members and visitors to our society stands all reported that it had been a ‘good year for the roses!’
The society won Gold and Premier Gold medals at shows throughout the country where we met thousands of rose lovers.