Te Awamutu Rose Gardens

Orange Roses
Opened December 1969 by Governor General Sir Arthur Porritt. Previously derelict Crown land with historical significance being the site of a military Drill Hall during the Land Wars of 1863-65. First suggested by Ray Hyams it was taken on board as a Jaycees project and built by community participation, school parties, service organisations, local bodies and many private persons. It was developed within 8 months. The fountain of sculptured stainless steel birds landing on brown lake waters through mist and raupo stalks was designed by Frederick Graham, an art teacher from Auckland. The garden has approximately 1900 roses of over 50 varieties in hybrid teas, floribunda's and grandifloras. Eion Scarrow has been quoted in saying "I have been to over 60 countries and I believe the Te Awamutu Rose Gardens to be amongst, if not the best in the world". It is visited by thousands of visitors particularly in the flowering season.

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Admire over 50 varieties of picturesque roses at the Rose Garden

Location: Gorst Ave, opposite the i-Site Information Centre.

The Te Awamutu Rose Gardens are a kaleidoscope of colour from November through to past Easter. The unique and magnificent blooms in the garden and around the town have earned Te Awamutu the name of “Rosetown” of New Zealand.

In December 1969 the Te Awamutu Rose Gardens were officially opened by the Governor General, Sir Arthur Porritt, and became a feature of the first World Convention held in Hamilton City in 1971.

The area was previously untidy derelict Crown land, but of historical significance, being the site of a Military Constabulary during the Land wars of 1864.

Administered by the Waipa District Council, the Jaycees project was built by community participation – school parties, service organisations, local bodies and many private persons.

The projects at the time was described as an “8 month miracle” having been developed from a rugged piece of waste land in 8 months, from an idea conceived less than a year before.

Drawing considerable tourist attention in the Rose Gardens is the unusual fountain of sculptured stainless steel flight of birds landing on brown lake waters through mist and raupo stalks, symbolized by synchronized jets of water. Designed by Mr. Frederick Graham, an Art Teacher of Auckland, the fountain valued at $8,000 and illuminated at night, was donated by a small group of the then Te Awamutu Beautifying Society.

In the original planning the desire was to create – “a garden of colour inviting restful lines that would provide soothing relaxation to all who may come and stay for a while”.

Semi-circular rotating lines of rose beds were formed with flowering and specimen shade trees included. The layout and size of the beds were designed with a view to easy maintenance.

Approximately 2000 rose bushes in hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras thrive in ideal climatic and soil conditions. Deep beds established from loads of farm and stable manure with an annual program of spraying provide a magnificent blaze of colour.