Weather coming up roses ahead of autumn show for Woodvale flower man

Rose Society of WA treasurer Stewart Coles, of Woodvale, has high hopes for full blooms for the Autumn Rose Show.  Picture: Martin Kennealey   d468458
Rose Society of WA treasurer Stewart Coles, of Woodvale, has high hopes for full blooms for the Autumn Rose Show. Picture: Martin Kennealey d468458

WOODVALE resident Stewart Coles hopes to have a flush of roses ready for this weekend’s autumn show.

The Rose Society of WA treasurer is optimistic that nature will deliver favourable conditions ahead of the May 13-14 show in Guildford.

“This is just magnificent weather for growing roses at the moment,” he said.

Last October, unsuitable weather meant society members struggled to exhibit blooms for the National Rose Society Championships at the 2016 Spring Rose Show.

Mr Coles has been growing roses since 1971 and currently has 162 rose bushes, including 20 in large pots.

“There are 60 exhibitions, 42 decorative roses, 37 floribundas, 12 shrubs and native Australians, and 11 miniatures,” he said.

“I exhibit mainly exhibitions – the difference between an exhibition rose is it has got to be a circular outline (while) a decorative rose is judged on its overall beauty.

“I’m very competitive; I like to win.”

The 2017 Autumn Show will be at the Guildford Town Hall from 1-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday.

Visitors can see rose blooms exhibited in various classes, floral art displays and blooms by Swiss Rose Garden Nursery.

There will also be rose bushes, gift items, rose-related merchandise, raffle tickets and homemade morning and afternoon teas for sale.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: 2017 Autumn Show

Who: Rose Society of WA

Where: Guildford Town Hall

When: 1-5pm on May 13 and 9am-4pm on May 14

Entry: $5 per person