National show boost for Levin rose gardens
A new pergola stands at Levin's public rose gardens, built in time for next month's National Spring Rose Show.
Horowhenua District Rose Society is hosting the show, which will be at least three times larger than the club's annual show with up to 80 exhibitors expected, said society president Anna Bradbury, of Otaki.
"We had the national autumn rose show here in Levin in 1976, but that's never as big as the spring show.
"We applied to the national rose society to host it; we were selected and we're over the moon.
"It is quite a challenge for our small group to organise, but we've been working away and it's now all starting to come together."
Horowhenua District Council had a new pergola at Levin's rose gardens on its "to do" list. To see it completed before the upcoming rose show, a professional builder volunteered his services.
Mrs Bradbury's husband, Warren, constructed the pergola over three weekends, with the council supplying the materials.
"He enjoyed working on a project like this. And now we have a lovely pergola connecting the two circular beds of roses," she said.
A limestone path and gardens were extended and more roses and lavender planted.
Mrs Bradbury said, with the natural aisle the pergola created, she expected it to become a popular venue for weddings.
But having the pergola ready for the rose show was the main aim, with visitors likely to look around the public rose gardens also.
The National Spring Rose Show will run from November 16 to 18 at the Levin Memorial Hall.
- Kapiti Observer