“It was a hard call to make but with a challenging economic situation ahead, we felt it was very difficult to make the event the success it deserved to be,” said Hayden Foulds, President of Roses Manawatū and Convenor of the organising committee.
Roses Manawatū will now host the 2021 National Spring Rose Show and Convention. The new dates will be Friday 26 to Sunday 28 November at the Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre. More details will be released over the coming months.
“2021 also marks 150 years of the City of Palmerston North so it has worked out well to hold a celebration of the rose in an important year for the city that was once known as Rose City,” says Foulds.
The 50th anniversary book on the International Rose Trials will be published in 2021 and plants of the new rose Pride of Palmy will be sold at a later date.
The presentation of awards from Trial 50 of the International Rose Trials will take place on Sunday 29 November in Palmerston North and there will be a smaller celebration of the 50th anniversary as part of the awards presentation.
With the postponement of the National Rose Show to 2021, the Auckland and Franklin Rose Societies will now host the 2022 National Rose Show and Convention in Auckland in November 2022. The New Zealand Rose Society and Roses Manawatū wish to thank the Auckland and Franklin Rose Societies for their understanding and willingness to be pushed back a year in hosting their event.