A bed of roses to remember

SAHIBAN KANWAL
Last updated 08:44 13/06/2014
timaru morven school roses waimate mayor craig rowley charlotte shefford jake dyson daphne whitfort-Smith Paige Julian
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PLANT A ROSE: Morven School students helped to plant roses at the Morven Cemetery. From left, Waimate Mayor Craig Rowley, Charlotte Shefford, Jake Dyson, the convenor of Heritage Roses South Canterbury Daphne Whitfort-Smith, and Paige Julian.

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Morven's earliest residents now rest surrounded by roses of their era.

Heritage Roses South Canterbury has provided heritage roses for the Morven Cemetery as part of a Morven School community and council project.

"The roses are old varieties and bred at the time when people were buried at the cemetery," convenor Daphne Whitfort-Smith said.

The oldest grave is 1843, with the variety associated with it called Cloth of Gold.

The roses were also presented to the cemetery to preserve the old varieties, Whitfort-Smith said.

Sixteen varieties, including three older than the cemetery's first grave, were presented to Waimate Mayor Craig Rowley as part of the rose-planting ceremony at the cemetery on Wednesday.

They were: Cloth of Gold (1843), Desprez a Fleur Jane (1830), Lamarque (1830), Mermaid (1917) Lawrence Johnston (1900), Kew Rambler (1912), Alexandre Girault (1909), Blushing Lucy (1938), Blush Rambler (1903), Russelliana (1826), Rose-Marie Vlaud(1924), Sandre's White (1912), Rose Mulliganii (date not available), Mme Jules Gravereaux(1901), Lady Hillingdon (1917) and Crepuscule (1904).

Beautification of the cemetery was also part of the reason behind the donation.

Morven School pupils took part in planting the roses at a designated part of the cemetery, with Rowley and Whitfort-Smith planting the first rose.

The project started in 2008 after pupils were saddened by the cemetery's state of disrepair.

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- The Timaru Herald

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