The 2020 New Zealand National Rose Show and the 50th-anniversary celebrations for the International Rose Trials due to be held in November in Palmerston North have been postponed due to ongoing situation with Covid 19.
“It was a hard call to make but with a challenging economic situation ahead, we felt it was very difficult to make the event the success it deserved to be” said Hayden Foulds, President of Roses Manawatu and Convenor of the organising committee.
Roses Manawatu will now host the 2021 National Spring Rose Show and Convention. The new dates will be Friday 26th to Sunday 28th November at the Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre with further details to be released over the coming months. “2021 also marks 150 years of the City of Palmerston North so it has worked out well to hold a celebration of the rose in an important year for the city that was once known as Rose City” says Hayden.
The 50th-anniversary book on the International Rose Trials will be published in 2021 and plants of the new rose ‘Pride of Palmy’ will be sold at a later date.
The presentation of awards from Trial 50 of the International Rose Trials will take place on Sunday November 29th in Palmerston North and there will be a smaller celebration of the 50th anniversary as part of the awards presentation.
With the postponement of the National Rose Show to 2021, the Auckland and Franklin Rose Societies will now host the 2022 National Rose Show and Convention in Auckland in November 2022. The New Zealand Rose Society and Roses Manawatu wish to thank the Auckland and Franklin Rose Societies for their understanding and willingness to be pushed back a year in hosting their event.