It's time to view the roses in all their splendour. The Queensland State Rose Garden: Toowoomba Rosarium, is home to many varieties of roses in both heritage and modern hybrid.
A feeling of romance, elegance and history pervades the garden as you soak up the heavenly aromas of fifteen hundred roses.
Cherry Vanilla hybrid tea rose.
Hybridisation is responsible for floribundas, miniatures, climbers and weeping standard roses. Cherry Vanilla hybrid tea rose, Baronne de Rothschild hybrid perpetual and Victoria Gold floribunda are a few of the modern breeds to touch and smell.
Hybrid roses were introduced prior to 1939, by David Austin of Shropshire, England. His preference is for old garden roses particularly gallicas, damasks and alba roses.
For growers, Titian and Carabella roses bred in Toowoomba are two of the Reithmuller Roses that will interest.
Roses have a place in religion, art, myth and medicine and are the world's 'most popular decorative motif'. Most roses of the ancient world were cultivated in China from 1737 to 2697BC. Ancient Rome and Greece used roses in poetry and dissertation. Tea roses didn't reach the West until the 19th century. In England, rose petals and rose water were used in recipes as well as medicines, particularly during the Tudor and Georgian periods.
Wrought iron wedding gazebo surrounded by bridal white roses with a photogenic background of fir trees.
Old-style gazebos offer undercover space for picnics or casual wedding receptions. Gas bar-b-ques are available. The community hall can be hired for events. Enquire with the Toowoomba Regional Council.
In 2012 the gardens were renovated with iron arbours and climbing roses in keeping with the existing architectural style.
The fountain beyond the undercover plaque-laden entry draws one down a palm-lined lane of beauty into the gardens.
The rosarium is intended as a living memorial to the people of Toowoomba. The history of the roses and the park is presented undercover on brass plaques.
The Rose Garden is situated in Newtown Park which was established in 1912. The park houses a Girl Guide hut, croquet club with three lawns and Newtown Centrals Tennis Club. There are three cricket fields, plus a half-sized basketball court. The Toowoomba Girl Guides began in the park in 1920. A small hut on the grounds was used by the Brownies in the 1950s. In 1985 the huts were removed but later the Guides were given a building that had been used for boxing and wrestling.
Army Medical Corp in Newtown Park 1918.
During WWI, Newtown Park housed a military drill hall. The park became a centre of recruitment and training. The local citizen force, the Militia and Darling Downs Light Horse units, used the park extensively. The drill hall served as headquarters for the 11th Light Horse after the Great War. In the 1930s, an avenue of trees was planted in the form of the Union Jack. The park was utilised again as a military base during WWII and acquired twenty more buildings in which the American forces derived rest and recreation.
For families with children, a playground rests under a spreading tree in a quiet corner of the park beside the Rose Garden.
There is a sealed carpark off Pottinger Street and ample parking is available on two of the bordering streets.
Though there are some shady seats around the Rose Garden you will need to wear a hat if you want to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the numerous rose beds.
Dedicated volunteers from the Friends of the State Rose Garden attend to the maintenance of the gardens and can be encountered going about their work on a regular basis. Up to seventy hours per week can be required. The excellent presentation of the gardens is evidence of their expertise.
For the joy of smelling the roses, historical interest and family attractions such as sports and picnics, the State Rose Garden and Newtown Park are arguably the most beautiful family locations in Toowoomba. This summer the roses are blooming in glory and should not be missed.
Soft and delicate colours are a contrast with other dazzling coloured varieties such as the bright orange and yellow Woburn Abbey in another bed.