Precious petals

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What a good year for roses – Bob Gibson’s roses, that is.

The well-known Novotel Lakeside hotel gardener has struck gold again at the recent Central Otago Rose Society awards.

Gibson claimed two firsts, two seconds, one third and two cups for his blooms – all grown at Novotel.

He’s pruned and nurtured Novotel’s award-winning rose garden for almost two decades. Each year, Gibson escapes Queenstown’s winter by heading to warmer climes in Australia but returns every spring to get his roses in top form for summer.

“He does a fantastic job maintaining the gardens,” says hotel sales and marketing boss Stephanie Newport. “It’s a nice little added extra for the guests.”