City proud of a rose among gardens
A prestigious international award was yesterday presented to Timaru's Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden as "a garden of excellence".
There are only two other gardens with the same standing in the country.
World Federation of Rose Societies immediate past president Sheenagh Harris unveiled the award plaque on a rock at the Caroline Bay garden, in front of a crowd of rose lovers, gardeners and volunteers.
The idea of the rose garden was first mooted in 1998. Timaru Beautifying Society members ran with the concept, fundraising and enlisting well-known rose breeder Trevor Griffiths' help.
The garden, designed by Sir Miles Warren, opened in December 2001. Since then volunteers have spent about 5000 hours dead-heading the flowers.
What makes the garden special, according to World Federation of Rose Societies New Zealand vice president Peter Elliott, is the setting, the design, collection and influence of Mr Griffiths. The garden contains more than 1200 different species of rose.
Timaru Mayor Damon Odey said the award would become part of the area's proud history. "It is a fantastic honour," he said.
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