Show stalwarts hard to beat

Di Jensen, above, was so successful, she couldn’t carry all her awards at once.

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Annette Sicely, left, and Olgo Yuretich, from NZ Heritage Roses, are regular exhibitors at the Rose & Flower Show.

It was a fragrant Warkworth Town Hall that greeted visitors to the annual Warkworth Garden Club Rose and Flower Show on November 15.

The competition, which has been held since 1921, is still going strong with more than 300 entries this year. Organiser Annette Sharp said the standard was high, considering a freak hailstorm that struck Warkworth in the preceding week.

Di Jensen again proved her flair for flowers, winning four trophies including Best In Show and President’s Choice. Her sister, Norma Miller, also won a number of accolades including Champion of Champions in roses.

The sisters grew up in Matakana and have submitted an entry every year they have lived here, Annette says.

Cambell D’Arcy Cup – Norma Miller 1, Di Jensen 2, Shirley Scholefield 3; Flora Reilly Cup – Carmen Bailey 1, Lynne Crump 2, Maria Schollum 3; Candlesticks – Julia Snelling & Jennifer Hart 1=, Shirley Shirley 3; Helen & Henry Phibbs Trophy – Di Jensen 1, Gloria Wilmot 2, Shirley Shirley & Barbara Bennett 3=; Cruickshank Cup – Maria Schollum 1; Most Fragrant Rose – Sally Greenwood; Sesquicentennial Cup Best In Show – Di Jensen. Certificates for Champions – Exhibition Rose, Billie Hurdley; Decorative Rose, Lyn Wade; Full Blown Rose, Norma Miller; large stem, Shirley Scholefield; small stem, Di Jensen. Champion of Champions Rose – Norma Miller; President’s Choice – Di Jensen; Most points in all sections – Di Jensen 1, Norma Miller & Carmen Bailey 2=. Best Town Garden – Shirley Shirley; Best Warkworth/Matakana Garden – 3 Estuary Close; Aesthetic Contribution to Warkworth/Matakana – Bruce’s Lane, Jade River; Best Street – Shipwright Place, Warkworth. Special prizes: First ever entry of a rose – Carmen Bailey; first ever entry of single stem – Evan Vaughan.

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