The rain on Friday didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Gunnedah’s green thumbs, with 341 roses entered in the Spring Rose Show.
The annual event is hosted by Gunnedah Show Ladies Auxiliary and is held in the CWA rooms in Barber Street.
It was in fact the Gunnedah CWA, which took out champion rose with a lovely Peace rose. CWA president, Coralie Howe, is also involved in organising the rose show and said the committee was “amazed at the wonderful display of roses”.
Chosen judge, florist Judy Clarke was unable to attend so her daughter-in-law Shannon took the task on and she was congratulated on doing a great job.
“A rose is a rose but when a winner has to be selected from 62 red roses, it’s a big ask,” Ms Howe said.
“There were 60 bi-colour, 51 pink and a host of other colours in the 11 sections.”
Organisers Ms Howe and Val Howes said they were thankful to the sponsors for their “generosity” in prizes, Graham Howes, Rod Withers and Lou Flett for transporting the bottles, and the ladies who “helped in many ways on the days”.
Champion rose: Gunnedah CWA
White: Lorna Hawkins 1, Kim Shields 2
Double Delight: Lorna Hawkins 1, Julia Withers 2
Pink: June Fulwood 1, Ruth Payne 2
Peace: CWA 1, Melissa Ward 2
Red: Julia Withers 1, Graham Howes 2
Orange: Graham Howes 1, Graham Howes 2
Mauve: Kylie Whelan 1, Sandra Donoghue 2
Yellow: Julia Withers 1, Kim Shields 2
Colour not mentioned: Coralie Howe 1, Michelle King 2
Bi-colour: Graham Howes 1, Julia Withers 2
Miniature: Julia Withers 1, Patsy Elphick 2
Vase of roses: Graham Howes 1, Julia Withers 2
The raffles were won by Val Kelly and Heather Sills.