When we stopped at this garden in Palmerston North several years ago, I
had no idea how special it was.
Opened in 1968, the garden has three sections: the formal rose beds, the trial grounds and the plant variety rights collection. The garden contains over 5000 roses in named beds. The garden was named after Dugald MacKenzie the Superintendent of Parks and Reserves from 1946 to 1966. He contributed significantly to the gardens development.
The garden is also home of the New Zealand Rose Society International Rose Trial Grounds.