Coming up roses at north cemetery

Wake up and smell the roses.

Heritage Roses Otago will be inviting members of the public to do exactly that this weekend as it celebrates the return of heritage roses to the Dunedin North Cemetery.

Disaster struck when more than 500 roses were sprayed with herbicide in 2016 and died as a result.

Looking forward to celebrating the replanting of more than 400 roses at the Dunedin North Cemetery is Heritage Roses Otago convener Fran Rawling. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Looking forward to celebrating the replanting of more than 400 roses at the Dunedin North Cemetery is Heritage Roses Otago convener Fran Rawling. Photo: Peter McIntosh

Heritage Roses Otago convener Fran Rawling said more than 400 of the roses had been replaced with the help of ‘‘hundreds of hours’’ of work, ‘‘it’s been a huge effort with finding, propagating and planting the roses’’.

The Dunedin City Council agreed to cover replacement costs and provide an annual grant for ongoing care.

The cemetery would be open for tours and presentations from 10am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday.

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