Matt Benefield is ready for a busy day as the Valley?s romantics celebrate Valentine?s Day.
Matt Benefield is ready for a busy day as the Valley?s romantics celebrate Valentine?s Day.

Wake up and smell the roses ? it?s Valentine?s Day

By EMMA CORNFORD

WHAT do you give the owner of a rose farm for Valentine's Day?

According to Matt Benefield, from Benefield's Rose Farm at Halfway Creek, not roses ? because 'that would be like giving ice to an eskimo'.

Although Mr Benefield won't be getting roses today, he will be delivering hundreds of fragrant flowers to romantics across the Valley.

Among those who will be getting flowers today is Amanda Davies, whose fiancee Andrew Brien proposed to her through a full page ad in The Daily Examiner last year.

"I'll be working on Valentine's Day feeding all the couples so we won't be going out (but) I'm a bit of a romantic, so I'll be giving her some flowers," Mr Brien said.

"She's a teacher at McAuley so I've sent them up to her school."

According to Mr Benefield, it is not just cut flowers that Clarence casanovas go for on February 14.

"I'd say it's 50/50 people going for cut flowers and rose bushes," he said.

"A lot of people lean towards plants because they last a lot longer and cost wise you don't pay that much more."

Mr Benefield will also supply South Grafton High with single roses today, which will be sold at the school as a fundraiser.



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