The undeniable scent of roses in full bloom is almost as strong as the bright colours radiating from Ray Hawkins' St John Street garden.
A past president of the Launceston Horticultural Society and now a life member, spring is well and truly the busiest time of year for the avid gardener.
At the weekend, cuttings from Mr Hawkins' garden will be among a collection of blooms on display at the annual Rose, Iris and Rhododendron Show.
Held at St Ailbes Hall, Mr Hawkins said the event brought together a wide range of plants and plant-enthusiasts.
"We have four shows a year, but this is definitely one of the biggest," he said.
"It's just the perfect time of year for it, with everything out.
"Whatever is out, in bloom, will be there."
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Formed in 1838, the Launceston Horticultural Society remains the longest continuously-running horticultural society in Australia.
Mr Hawkins has been a member for almost 50 years and said gardening - as evident by his floral oasis found in the heart of Launceston - had always been his passion.
"I love them all, but my favourite is probably the camellias," he said.
"But then again, there is nothing better than a rose with a good perfume."
The Rose, Iris and Rhododendron Show will be open to the public from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday, after exhibits have been judged, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Entry is $3.