The Victoria State Rose Garden was established in 1986 and is an enthralling tourist attraction. Here are 4 very good reasons as to why you should pay a visit to this wonderful garden.
1. Roses, roses, everywhere
The Rose Garden sprawls over 6 acres of land and is home to 5000 roses. There are roses of all colours and sizes. Revel in the vibrant beauty and scents of the huge variety of roses as you stroll around the garden. The rose shrubs in the garden have been planted in such a fashion that the entire garden looks like an enormous rose. The garden has been divided into various sections with each section being labelled as Petal A, Petal B, Petal C, Petal D and Petal E.
The Rose Garden was awarded the International Garden of Excellence by the World Federation of Rose Societies in 2003. It is the first garden outside of Europe which has received this unprecedented honour. As a rule of thumb, November is the best time to explore the garden, when the spring roses are at their peak, and in April, when the autumn flush of modern roses pervade the garden. However, the garden has some blooms from early October until late July.
The Rose Garden is exclusively look after by volunteers who selflessly volunteer their time and efforts for the upkeep of this delightful garden. Volunteers from the Victoria State Rose Garden Supporters (VSRGS) toil away to maintain and enhance the beauty of the stunning roses. The VSRGS is constantly looking for volunteers, so if volunteering at a beautiful rose garden tickles your fancy then visit this website or contact 03 9742 4291.
2. Free entry One of the best features of the State Rose Garden is the fact that entry is absolutely free. Happiness should not cost a thing. So find happiness in exploring the fabulous beauty of this enchanting garden for free.
However, donations are welcome and will aid in the upkeep of the garden.
3. Picnic and bbq facilities Turn a trip to the State Rose Garden into a family day out by organising a picnic. The outskirts of the garden provide wonderful facilities for organising a family picnic complete with a bbq. Spread a picnic rug and enjoy some tasty treats from the picnic basket. Alternatively, utilise the bbq facilities to create a food fiesta. Finally finish off the day with some sports like netball or soccer in the spacious area.
The State Rose Garden is conveniently located next to the Werribee Mansion and Werribee Open Range Zoo, which are both excellent tourist attractions in their own rights. Werribee Open Range zoo will woo you with its huge collection of animals and thrilling safari tours, while a tour of the Werribee Mansion will transport you to a bygone era. Once you have graced the floral carpet of the Victoria State Rose Garden feel free to check out the Werribee Mansion and Werribee Open Range Zoo.
You will find the State Rose Garden snuggled in the Werribee Park in the Werribee Park Tourism Precinct (Melway Reference 201 B/C 3). If you are driving then there is ample parking outside the Garden. If public transport is the preferred mode of transport then take the train from Melbourne to Werribee and then the 439 bus, which will deliver you to the gate of the Garden.