The New Zealand Rose Society has much pleasure in announcing that Allison Scott, of the Hutt Valley Rose Society, is the recipient of the New Zealand Rose Award for 2022.
Allison joined the Hutt Valley Rose Society in 1967 after buying a bundle of books at a school fair which contained a Rose Annual. In her 55 years of membership, Allison has never lost her love of the rose and is still active today in rose circles.
She has been remarkably prominent in many facets – judging, exhibiting, administration, publicity, speaking, fundraising, hospice promotion, pruning and consulting rosarian to name a few. There is not much Allison hasn’t done for the rose.
Judging and exhibiting have been two of Allison’s great loves over the years. An experienced national judge, she has also convened many judging schools over the years and coached many new judges.
Allison has also been a prominent exhibitor with success at local and national level over the years, especially with miniature-type roses which are her favourites. Allison has regularly attended National Rose Shows and has convened three such events in the Hutt Valley over the years.
Allison has held numerous positions within the Hutt Valley Rose Society over the years including President, Secretary, Show Manager and newsletter editor. She edited the Hut Valley newsletter for a total of 37 years and has gone from the days of gestetners to emailing newsletters.
On several occasions, he has won the best newsletter award presented at the New Zealand Rose Society AGM. Allison has attended most of these meetings over the years. She also served on the NZRS Council in 1982-83
In 1985, Hutt Valley Rose Society honoured Allison with life membership and in the year 2000, she was presented with the Frank Penn Memorial Award for service to a district rose society.
Allison has organised many events over the years – garden rambles, bus trips, pruning demonstrations and other events which have all helped to boost the profile of roses and the rose society. She has also never missed the chance to fundraise either for the rose society over the years.
Allison is well known to her local real estate industry having had quite a few house shifts over the years, but some of her precious roses have always accompanied her to start a new garden. Many of her new neighbours have also become hooked on roses and have become members of the rose society.
Never one to miss an opportunity to promote roses, Allison has made a huge contribution, not only locally but nationally, and this award is a true testament to her efforts over a very long time.
Congratulations Allison on this award.