Heritage rose garden wins

Of Heritage Roses NZ showing heritage roses and the Pioneer Church at Matakohe. Photo supplied by Judy Webster

The planting of more than 120 heritage roses around The Kauri Museum and nearby Totara House has been recognised at a Heritage Roses New Zealand conference recently held in Whangarei.

The acting general manager of the museum, Dr Tracey Wedge, received notification at the conference that the gardens have been recognised with an award of Nationally Significant Planting of Historic Roses.

“We are honoured that the work of the team has been recognised by the award,” said Tracey.

The rose gardens at The Kauri Museum were established in 2012 and have been a joint project between The Kauri Museum staff and volunteers, Heritage Roses Northland, Tasman Bay Roses, the Coates Memorial Church and the Matakohe Cemetery Committee.

The gardens represent a living extension of The Kauri Museum, preserving early rose heritage and include the first roses that were grown in New Zealand. “The extensive planting around the museum and Totara House demonstrates what working in collaboration can achieve,” said Tracey.

“The president of Heritage Roses NZ has been an important part of our gardens here, also Derek and Andrea Hope for their commitment to working in the garden. They are the backbone of the group who tend the roses.”

The rose collection is catalogued and includes popular names such as Charles de Mills, Cecile Brunner, La France and Mutabilis. The garden is located in Church Road, Matakohe, and free to visit daily. For further information contact Dr Tracey Wedge by email admin@kaurimuseum.com.


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