Celebrating suffrage 125 with rose bush planting

The planting of the rose bush will be taking place from 10am on Sunday November 25 at the Te Puna Quarry Park. Images Supplied.

On November 25, co-founder of the Te Puna Quarry Park, Jo Dawkins will be planting a rose bush to celebrate the work of Kate Sheppard.

Bev Cain from Te Puna Quarry says they became aware that on one in the Bay of Plenty had actually planted anything to celebrate the work carried out by Kate.

“We felt that there was no better place than the recently revamped and replanted Heritage Rose Garden at the Quarry Park,” says Bev.

“Jo is still working 24/7 on a daily basis for the benefit of all New Zealanders and is recognised nationally as one of our leading plants women throughout both the North and South Island for her knowledge and contribution environmentally.

“Kate Sheppard is being planted alongside Gerturde Jekyll and Ellen Willmott, the only two ladies who were honoured out of a total of 60, during Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

“Gerturde and Ellen left behind a legacy internationally regarding their horticultural skills and Gerturde’s family home, Munstead Wood, is still open to the public who treasure the experience of walking around her former garden.”

In 2019, a plaque will be placed beside the rose bush so the visitors will become aware of the significant contribution she made to our lives.

The public is able to go along on Sunday November 25, and take a look for themselves at the newly planted rose bush, celebrating Kate Sheppard.

The planting will be taking place from 10am at the Te Puna Quarry Park.


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