It's time for Wellingtonians to stop and smell the roses.
The annual Rose Festival begins today and runs until Monday at the Botanic Garden.
Botanic Gardens director David Sole said this year's roses were looking good.
"They are looking magnificent as always. They are on par with last year's, if not better."
The garden has four new roses to look out for during the festival: Honky Tonk Blues, blue/purple flowers; Tropical Delight, red and yellow flowers; Summer Passion, pink flowers with an apricot centre; and Hot Pants, a bright pink rose with silver-backed petals.
The festival's programme kicks off with question and answer sessions with The Lady Norwood Rose Garden curator. Other events include Fairy Trina telling fairy and goblin tales, history sessions and guided tours.
Throughout the festival visitors can vote for their favourite rose and go into a draw to win Palmers Rose Growers Handbook by Janet Cheriton and a Picnic cafe voucher.
There is also a free coffee from Picnic Cafe for everyone named Rose.
Today and tomorrow: The Lady Norwood Rose Garden curator will answer questions about growing roses, 1pm till 3pm.
Sunday November 25: Rose legends with Bethney McLennan, 11am till noon, free. Fairy Trina, 2pm till 3pm. Old roses, guided tour through Bolton Street Memorial Park's heritage roses, meet at the Seddon Memorial, 2pm till 3pm, gold coin.
Monday November 26: Shakespeare's flowers , see some of the flowers mentioned in Shakespeare's plays and poems, 90-minute walk from 11am. Meet on the Treehouse veranda, $4.
- The Dominion Post
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