As a child I was fascinated with roses! Every Sunday when visiting my grandparent’s rambling, romantic, country garden, with its fish pond and every type of flower and vegetable imaginable, the plants I was most drawn to were roses. I’d wander from bush to bush, taking in the exquisite scents and examining each beautiful bloom carefully so as to pick the best to take home. My favourites were Poppa’s large exhibition roses, their numerous rows of perfectly placed petals opening as if to reveal a secret – would Thumbelina be sleeping in the centre?
Roses had me hooked! I have spent many years filling my own garden with fragrant, perfectly-formed, award-winning roses. This adoration led me to become an Exhibitor and New Zealand National Rose Judge. What a thrill to sit on a panel of judges and determine a single rose from hundreds entered and crown it Champion of Champions.
Launching Amoré Roses in 2009 has taken my love for roses to a whole new level . It was a complete leap of faith and a plunge into the unknown!
I feel so fortunate that my profession allows me to be surrounded by colour, perfume and magical blooms every day. You can’t help but be inspired.
Helping people with their own garden planning is also something I truly love to do so, don't hesitate to contact us for rose garden advice!
WORLD ROSE CONVENTIONS - ATTENDANCE, JUDGING & TRIALS
“We grew up surrounded by gardens displaying rich, vibrantly coloured, sweet-smelling rose blooms. Our home was also full of stunning roses, so it’s really no surprise that we have become part of the Amoré Roses story.”
Melanie and Briony are co-directors of Amoré Roses and apply their respective skillsets to help grow the business and attract a new generation of rose devotees.
Alongside her full-time role in Human Resources, Melanie still finds time to help out at critical times like the annual Open Day, Garden Festivals and Trade Shows. Melanie also oversees social media and marketing for the business.
Briony Nash (nee Barnett), and her husband, have a young family of four children, yet still manage to play an active role in the business from nursery duties to packaging and catalogue design. Briony also manages the onsite accommodation Rose Cottage.