Roses will forever remind me of my Nan who was a fire-brand of a lady with a garden that was her pride and joy. Just like her roses, she could be a bit prickly but she was prize-worthy too. This year's Barossa Rose and Flower Show is taking place from Saturday the 3rd to Sunday the 4th of November. With some large prizes up for grabs it'll be interesting to see who has the roses that it takes to get first place.
The theme this year is 'Diamond Jubilee' and it carries the double significance of not only reflecting the sixty years that the current Queen of England has been on the throne, but also commemorating the ten years that have passed since Her Majesty herself opened the extensive and beautiful rose gardens at this year's show location, which is of course the stunning Barossa Chateau (formerly Chateau Barrosa) at Lyndoch Hill.
The Barossa Chateau is gorgeous but will most likely be outshone by the lovely flowers that will be the centre of attention. The show is to be officially opened at 1pm on the Saturday by Dean Stringer, but the event itself begins at 12pm on the Saturday and runs to 5pm that day and then again from 10am to 4pm on the Sunday. There are some big cash prizes up for grabs for the winners.
During the show there is also High Tea in the Grand Ballroom on offer. While it will set you back $59 you get a glass of bubbly on arrival and unlimited tea and coffee while you swan about pretending to be at Versailles surrounded by the fine antiques and art we'd all like to own ourselves. It's from 1:30pm on the Saturday and 1pm on the Sunday. Bookings for the tea can be made on 08 8524 4268.
There is also a colouring competition and the artwork for this can be downloaded from the Barossa Rose and Flower Show website, and a photo competition with the theme of 'Jewels in the Garden'. The photos need not be of roses - you could get a good shot of a creepy crawly, a lovely bird or anything else that you think reflects the theme so get out your cameras shutter bugs (but be quick - entries need to be received soon). For some of the comps you have to be a Barossa native - if you want to get more info on entry requirements it's available from the website.
Tickets for the Barossa Rose and Flower Show are $5 for adults, with the bonus that children's entry is free. So make like a bee and buzz on down to the Barossa Rose and Flower Show.