Ann and Lloyd Chapman moved to Otaki in 1987 to establish Trinity Farm, a heritage rose nursery growing a wide range of old roses. Their garden grew more than 1500 varieties, and rekindled Ann’s love of history and classic roses.
In 2000, fellow rosarians gave them cuttings of Ken’s rambling roses from the Waikato and so started the mission to save them. In 2011 Ann received a research scholarship from Heritage Roses NZ to investigate them — Missionaries, Wives & Roses is the result.
Ann has long been fascinated with roses named after women, culminating in the release of Women in my Rose Garden in 2010, now published in four languages and attracting critical acclaim. She is currently researching the lives of notable men and the roses named after them.