Murray Bridge Garden and Floral Art Club holds 2019 spring rose competition

As is tradition with the Murray Bridge Garden and Floral Art Club, in November the Club held its annual spring rose competition.

The first category judged was the hybrid tea rose, perhaps the most popular type of rose grown by gardeners.

They have the classic pointed bud and high-centred bloom borne of long straight stems and are often highly scented.

This year's winner of the hybrid tea rose was Ken Wells, who commented that he had picked his rose a number of days back and kept it in a dark cupboard, only bringing it out on the day, to ensure that the bloom was at its best.

The floribunda rose was the second category of roses exhibited.

Like the hybrid tea, floribundas are also popular with gardeners, who love the bouquet appearance of the rose, as each flower stem comprises a bunch of beautiful flowers.

They too may be highly scented.

Floribundas also have the advantage of offering continuous blooms throughout the season.

Winner of the 2019 floribunda category was Philip Christian, from Nairne.

The next two categories were given over to the miniature rose, comprising one bloom and cut.

The miniature rose is bred to remain small in size.

Nearly all miniature roses have smaller flowers than the standard rose bush, but they come in a variety of types and colours.

They, too tend to be profuse repeat roses.

Winners of the miniature rose categories were Mrs and Mrs Butcher for their single bloom and Mr and Mrs Hoffman for their single cut.

The climbing rose was the next category, with Mr and Mrs Butcher taking out this year's award.

Climbing roses are the acrobats of the rose world who, with their long canes, are well adapted to training on pillars, fences, arbours and gazebos.

Climbers may bloom once a season or continually, depending on the variety.

Winners of the climbing rose category were Mr and Mrs Butcher.

Ground cover roses were the next category to be judged, with Mr Christian being judged champion.

Ground cover roses are one of the newest trends in roses.

Generally they are very easy to grow and can withstand reasonably harsh conditions when established.

Requiring little pruning, ground cover roses are versatile and ideally suited for mass planting, borders, small gardens and pots.

The eye rose was the next category won by Mr and Mrs Butcher.

Eye roses have the appearance of an eye as the base of each petal has a contrasting colour spot to the rest of the rose.

This gives them an appearance reminiscent of a poppy or peony.

The remaining categories were the full bloom, won by Mr Christian; three distinct colours or varieties, with Mr Christian taking this section as well; and any other type of rose, which was won by Mr and Mrs Hoffman.

Rose judge at this year's competition was Maureen Ross of Ross Roses, Willunga, who also gave tips to members on the cultivation of roses and, in particular, combating pests that may inflict them.

Mrs Ross implored members to refrain from using pesticides, for while they might remove pests, they in turn killed the good creatures in a garden who feasted on rose pests like the aphid.

Joining Mrs Ross in acknowledging Mr Christian as the winner of the 2019 champion rose, and presenting Mr and Mrs Butcher with the Murray Valley Chiropractic Centre Perpetual Trophy for Rose Aggregate Champion, club patron Brenton Klemm reinforced to members the importance of refraining from the use of pesticides.

"At the Murray Valley Chiropractic Centre we do not use any pesticides on our roses, and our roses continue to bloom beautifully without the use of chemical sprays," he said.


  • Floral arrangement: B&D Hoffman
  • Large garden cut: R&C Butcher
  • Small garden cut: R&C Butcher
  • Vegetables: C Launer
  • Pots/containers/hanging baskets: R&C Butcher
  • Craft: M Schultz
  • Eggs: C Launer
  • Alstromeria: P Christian
  • Overall champion: D&B Hoffman