Rose fit for queen draws crowds

Last updated 13:00 26/11/2012

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A plaque to mark a rose bed planted with the variety Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled in Nelson's largest rose garden.

The roses were planted in Samuel's Rose Garden at Broadgreen Historic House to celebrate the 60 years the Queen has been on the throne.

Nelson city councillor Gail Collingwood said unveiling the rose variety, with white and peach blossoms and a distinctive fragrance, was an appropriate way to mark the milestone.

The unveiling was part of Rose Day celebrations.

Samuel's Rose Garden, named after a dedicated rose nurseryman, boasts about 3000 plants and more than 500 named varieties.

Rose Day is a community celebration held annually, when the roses come into bloom.

Yesterday's event included performances by Nelson City Brass, the City Of Nelson Highland Pipe Band, Morris Dancers and food and craft stalls.

Mrs Collingwood said there was a good turnout, with "a continuous stream of people moving through the stalls and listening to the bands".

"The roses were absolutely beautiful. If you haven't been through them, you want to go for a quiet wander through there. The Jubilee rose bed looked splendid," she said. "It was a beautiful day. People sat and listened to the music and really enjoyed the space under the big old trees."

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- The Nelson Mail

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