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Malcolm Watson receives civil honour

Well known Rosarian Malcolm Watson has today been named as a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal (OAM); one of this country’s highest civil awards. Malcolm has received many awards from within the rose fraternity, including the Australian Rose Award, the TA Stewart Memorial Medal and the World Rose Award.

The citation for the latest award, in part reads “This incomplete record demonstrates a lifetime of commitment to volunteer work and is testament to Mr Malcolm Watson’s unique ability for organisation and hard work for the benefit of others. It is also noteworthy that Mr Watson is one of the humblest of men. He generously supports others in their roles and does not seek the recognition that has been justly afforded him.’’

Malcolm being a deeply proud Australian, it is fitting that this award is announced as part of the Australia Day honours list. He is highly respected within the rose fraternity for his selfless and extensive contribution over more than 40 years, in many roles; to the administration of regional, state, national and world rose organisations.

This honour will be celebrated by many the hundreds of Rosarians worldwide who count Malcolm as a friend.

On behalf of the National Rose Society of Australia and the Rose Society of South Australia I offer sincere congratulations to Malcolm on this very special honour.

Gavin Woods

President, National Rose Society of Australia

Immediate Past President, Rose Society of South Australia

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Coming up next, starting on Saturday 6 April is this, one of our two major events for the year. It's the Spring show that has the official competition. This Autumn exhibition showcases the beauty of the Autumn flushes of blooms among the cornucopia of botanical treasures that is Gardenworld. You can wander through and enjoy both, and then have lunch or light refreshments at the cafe if you so desire. The Autumn Spectacular has one attraction the Spring Show lacks however; just as winter pruning time is approaching, free pruning demonsrations are offered. Some swear by chainsaws and hedgetrimmers, others finess their ruse bushes stem by stem with precision vintners' shears. To find out what really works from our most experienced rosarians, come along to the Autumn Spectacular.

Check the Autumn Rose Spectacular page to find out more.

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April, May, June, July, August, September, October....NOVEMBER! It doesn't feel as though all those months have passed since the Autumn Specatacular. The Spring Rose Show sneaks up and pounces fast, so we're announcing it well in advance.

Over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of November this year is the official competition and exhibition of the best of the best beautiful rosey entrants for the Garden State (that's Victoria).

As well, down from distant hills descend vendors of rare, beautiful collectors' roses, for these few days gloriously on display and convenient to obtain.

And much more....



Check the Monthly Meetings page for details.

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