NZ Rose of the Year: Tauranga rose breeder cleans up Pacific Rose Bowl festival awards

Tauranga rose breeder Rob Somerfield has done it again: Like in 2019, he cleaned up the New Zealand Rose of the Year awards, winning the Pacific Rose Bowl for the seventh time and claiming four of the seven other awards.

Somerfield won the Pacific Rose Bowl for the New Zealand Rose of the Year for his rose Strawberry Blonde.

However, the public voters seemed to have had a special sweet spot for his rose Ink Spot, which took out the Best New Zealand Raised Rose, Best Floribunda Rose, and Children's Choice Awards.

The annual New Zealand Rose of the Year rose trial is the key part of the Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, organized by the Pacific Rose Festival Trust. The festival and trials are held at the Rogers Rose Garden at the Hamilton Gardens, where all the roses are still on display if you have not seen them yet.

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