All coming up roses

GRAHAM and Janet Wright's long-time love of roses will be recognised at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show.

The Rossmore couple, who have won more than 50 show titles between them, will have a place in the Show Parade of Champions.

The parade will take place on Excellence in Agriculture Day on April 15 which recognises those who have celebrated extensive show success.

The Wrights first entered the Sydney Royal Flower and Garden Show 20 years ago and still have a strong passion for growing award-winning roses.

Mr Wright said among their finest achievements were twice winning the Banksian Medal for most competition points and John Baptist Medal for the most firsts in a year, as well as showing their roses around the world.

"It's humbling to be recognised, it's such a big organisation," Mr Wright said.

"Our roses will be shown over three days at the show."

Mr Wright said he grew more than 80 varieties of roses at home and his favourite is the apricot nectar rose.

"It's a beautiful flower, for a start. They're vigorous and it's performed for us very well in the past.

"From early on I appreciated what a wonderful flower the rose is. They're so well known all over the world."

Mr Wright said too many gardens were different shades of green.

"Roses are a great way to bring colour and you can cut them and bring them inside. I'd recommend people buy them from a reputable rose nursery.

"Seek advice for the best variety for you and grow them in a good sunny position."

Mr Wright is the chairman of the Macarthur Rose Society which caters for rose enthusiasts in south-west Sydney.

Details: nsw.rose.org.au or the Wrights, 9606 5888.

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