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President : Ross Kemp
35 Masters Street, Riverton, SA 5412
0417842655  email
Secretary : Sharyn Perrin
 171/33 Golden Grove Road, Ridgehaven, SA 5097
(08) 8265 5945  email

 Roses in the Heartland (RITH), the 5th Branch of the Rose Society of South Australia Inc was formed on the 1st July 2012 with the inaugural meeting being held at the Barossa Chateau, Lyndoch. An extract of the meeting reads: “President of the Rose Society of South Australia, Mrs Aileen Scott, assisted by Rose Society of South Australia Secretary, Mr Malcolm Watson, presided over the meeting welcoming the enthusiastic group and thanking them for their attendance. Mrs Scott gave an outline of the Societies objectives (as per the Rose Society of South Australia Inc Constitution) which are: To encourage, improve, foster and extend the cultivation and appreciation of the rose; To arrange, sponsor, and/or conduct talks, demonstrations, exhibitions and shows; To do all such other things as may be incidental to the attainment of these objectives”. Sudden Impact for Roses and other Neutrog products  are easily accessible to RITH members with a pickup being at Tanunda. Although Roses in the Heartland have only one member’s meeting per year, members on email receive continuous information on what is happening in the ‘Rose World’ by receiving publications such as World Rose News from the World Federation of Rose Societies; Talking Roses with Ludwig, a South African publication; Rose Roundup from the Calgary Rose Society in Canada and information regarding upcoming Rose Conventions that are being hosted throughout the member countries around the world and activities happening within the Australian State Rose Societies and Rose Society of South Australia Branches.


Jamestown Show, Monday, 2nd October


Sharyn Perrin


Well what a wet & cold Winter & early Spring we have had but the additional rain certainly brought the roses along albeit not always when required for the bench.

Saturday, 17th September, Mary & Ian Frick, Deb Curtis, Julius Graham & myself attended the inaugural Mt Pleasant Spring Garden Festival held in conjunction with the Mt Pleasant Farmers Market. Doom & gloom had been forecast for the weather but it turned out to be a lovely day. We provided information to the public as well as managing a bit of “retail therapy” at the numerous plant, gardenalia, foundry, produce & food stalls. It did become a bit blustery near the end of the day, but we managed to pack up & head home before the weather broke.

Mary Frick, Sharyn Perrin, Deb Curtis

On Tuesday, 27th September, a group of us visited the garden of Merv & Wendy Trimper at Oakbank. They have certainly done a lot of work since moving there. We split into two groups & were given the guided tour of the expansive beds of roses & underplantings. Large areas of the garden were netted off to combat the birds. The irises were starting to flower with a magnificent specimen taking pride of place in one section at the front of the house. Large areas of the property are grassed affording views to the surrounding countryside & dotted with stately gum trees. After wandering around, we were given lunch under the wisteria covered pergola by the pool. Thankyou Merv & Wendy for an enjoyable visit & hospitality.

RITH members & guests at Merv & Wendy Trimper’s garden

Then it was off to the Neutrog factory in Kanmantoo where we were given a presentation by Paul Dipuglia, followed by a tour to see what goes into making the end product from decomposing the raw materials through to the actual bagging area. Luckily it was a coolish day as the heaps of raw product could be a bit over powering on a hot day. The GoGo Juice vat proved to be a bit “on the nose” for a few of the group. Many thanks to Paul & Evette for arranging the tour.

RITH visit to the Neutrog factory

The long awaited return of the Barossa Rose & Flower Show took place in Tanunda at St Paul’s Church Hall on the weekend of 29th & 30th October. We had 458 entries in the many classes of roses, cut flowers & floral work. The hall looked resplendent with a pulpit draped in greenery & yellow roses arranged by Rosie Sherwood & Penelope Schulz as well as the tables burgeoning with the entries. On entering the hall, your senses were hit with the fragrance.The stage area, with its backdrop of a painted view of the valley was enhanced by potted Fire Star roses, supplied by Knight’s Roses & potted colour supplied by Barossa Nursery. The CFS were in attendance as well & no sooner had they set up their display, were called out to a grass fire returning later unscathed to continue assisting the public with their enquiries. The CFS do a really magnificent job & are the unsung heroes of the community. Two of the show attendees turned out to be Pinery victims & told a few of us about their harrowing experience. The tissues definitely had to be passed around after their story & the effect it has had on them. We presented them with a couple of the potted Fire Star roses for their garden as well as a couple for the Wasleys Post Office.

Local CFS at Barossa Rose & Flower Show

There were two trade stands outside of the hall, Roots & Leaves selling Irises & Barossa Nursery selling roses & other plants as well as giftware, both having a successful weekend.

The highlight of the judging was the Channel Nine News Junior Champion of Champions being awarded to two & a half year old, Arizona Sherwood for her entry of “flowers in a teacup”. It was great to see so many kids staging their entries, quite a few new budding exhibitors in the making no doubt. The Grand Champion Rose Section was won by Gavin Woods, Grand Champion Cut Flower went to Tony Hanna for his Alstroemeria, Channel Nine News Champion of Champions went to Peter & Brenda Burton & the Barossa Most Successful Exhibitor went to Mary Frick.

Sunday, 6th November, committee members Mary & Ian Frick, Ross Kemp, Julius Graham & myself & ably assisted by Dean Stringer, Bob Gregory & Tony Hanna attended the final opening of Walter & Kay Duncan’s garden at Sevenhill. Well what can one say, a truly memorable experience. A lot of questions from the public were fielded & quite a few new members were signed up.

Thankyou Walter & Kay for your generosity over the years.

Our last activity for the year was the RITH Christmas lunch held at the home of Rosie & Rob Sherwood in Truro. Story in next issue.