Today we went to the Victoria State Rose Garden in Werribee, Melbourne. We have been many times before, and always make a return visit at this time of year.
The new entrance sign.
The Ariel view plan of the rose garden is a 5 petal Tudor Rose with a path that’s the ‘stem’ which leads to a leaf and a rosebud. The Federation Leaf was planted to commemorate the Centenary of Federation, and the rosebud is planted with English Roses bred by David Austin. You can really get a feel for the gardens in Google Maps.
There are no roses native to Australia, but you can see Australian bred roses in the Federation Leaf.
There are flowers in bloom from October to July, but the two best times to go to see masses of blooms are November for spring blooms, and March to see the Fall blooming modern roses.
First opened to the public in 1986, this garden spans 6 acres and has over 5,000 roses.
The Rose Garden is adjacent to Werribee Park and Mansion which is also well worth a visit. The Open Range Zoo is also here. Come for the day and see all 3.
The Victoria State Rose Garden Supporters Group, a team of volunteers, are responsible for the maintenance of the gardens. If you go on a Wednesday you will see these rose-loving people pruning, dead-heading, and doing a plethora of other tasks. Without them there would be no garden. The garden has been under threat a number of times including during Changes of State Government, and because of the dedication of volunteers it is still here for the public to enjoy.
Rows and rows of roses!