Rose lovers from near and far will be visiting Hamilton this week to enjoy New Zealand's loveliest rose garden at the Hamilton Gardens and check out the best new roses on show as the public decides on the New Zealand Rose of the Year.

Yes, the four-day Pacific Rose Bowl Festival is returning after being on hold for a couple of years due to Covid restrictions. It begins on Thursday at Rogers Rose Garden at Hamilton Gardens where all the new roses on display at this year's trials are competing for the top honour of receiving the Pacific Rose Bowl Trophy and the title of New Zealand Rose of the Year 2022.

While rose lovers, experts, and breeders – otherwise referred to as rosarians – will be out in force to see the roses, the Pacific Rose Bowl is the only rose trial in the world that has a public voting system, all others being judged by panels of experts.

This means you and the whole community is invited to be the judge, with no criteria for judging other than your personal preference. This reflects the grassroots values of the organiser, the Pacific Rose Festival Trust.

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