Rob Somerfield News


December 4, 2016

Gold Star of the South Pacific & World Federation of Rose Societies Peoples Choice Award

A panel of 20 judges have assessed around 40 entries from New Zealand and overseas rose breeders (via their New Zealand agents) over a range of categories including freedom of flowering, health, plant quality, flower quality and fragrance. Read more...


November 13, 2016

Pacific Rosebowl 2016 Winner

Best Hybrid Tea: Sunline Read more...


July 19, 2016

Rose breeder Rob Somerfield's winning ways

"For me the most important thing in a rose is health, and everything else comes after that, with colour almost unimportant because it's so subjective. But I made the mistake of not liking the colour and almost lost a great little plant." Read more...


January 15, 2015

Is this New Zealand's most beautiful rose?

BEST IN BLOOMS: Red ‘Love Heart’ took out the top prize. A classic long-stemmed red rose stole all hearts at the Pacific Rose Bowl Festival in Hamilton Gardens, winning the Best Hybrid Tea, Best NZ-raised Rose and the Rose of the Year award Read more...


July 1, 2010

"Scent to Remember"

Specially bred for Hospice by award winning breeder Rob Somerfield, the winner of many national and international awards over a twenty year period. Read more...


December 9, 2009

Rob's Roses - really are Creme de la Creme

At the New Zealand Rose Society International Rose Trial Grounds in Palmerston North on Sunday, Rob Somerfield, owner of Glenavon Roses, won the top prize for the highest pointed rose. Read more...


September 12, 2009

Clean sweep of awards for NZ rose breeder

Tauranga rose breeder Rob Somerfield of Glenavon Roses swept all the awards from the recently announced New Zealand International Rose Trial Ground Awards in Palmerston North. This is the first time a rose breeder has won all the awards presented for a single trial and confirms Rob’s reputation as New Zealand’s leading rose breeder. Read more...


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