NZ: Manawatū rose breeder John Ford dedicates win to influencial aunt Nola Simpson

A newly crowned top rose breeder has dedicated his win to his aunt, one of New Zealand’s most prolific breeders, thanking her for all the help she gave him.

Manawatū breeder John Ford​ scooped the awards at the New Zealand Rose Society international rose trial grounds on Sunday with Bright Eyes.

The rose won the Gold Star of the South Pacific for the highest scoring rose on trial, the Silver Star of the City of Palmerston North for the highest scoring rose by a New Zealand amateur rose breeder and the Nola Simpson Novelty Award for the most novel rose in trial.


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