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Where Can I Find Rose Gardens Around Adelaide?

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Published November 13th 2021
Rose gardens feature in many cities around the world. So, where is the best place to stop and smell these colourful fragrant flowers during our spring months?

There are at least five locations where I am able to find ornamental rose gardens.

international rose garden
International Rose Garden


International Rose Garden
International Rose Garden


The first is, of course, within the Adelaide Botanic Garden on North Terrace. It's stunning International Rose Garden drew me through a series of vibrant spaces displaying thousands of roses. These include the Australian-bred, single, heritage and pillar roses. Open every day, the garden is easily accessed by tram with a stop just outside the main gate.

Rymill Park Rose Garden
Rymill Park Rose Garden


Rymill Park Rose Garden
Rymill Park Rose Garden


Secondly, I found the Rymill Park Rose Garden in Adelaide's eastern park lands to be rather impressive. The roses here are simply beautiful and give visitors a place to get away from all the East End hustle and bustle. Instead of heading straight for the playground or lake, why not wander further through the garden next time you're in the district.

Veale Garden
Veale Garden


Veale Garden
Veale Garden


The third location is a sunken garden with more than fifty varieties of roses. Veale Garden on South Terrace features the City of Adelaide rose at its entrance as well as the Queen Adelaide rose towards its eastern corner. Within the Qingdao Rose Garden, red roses symbolise celebration in Chinese culture. And, in case you're wondering, yes, Qingdao and Adelaide are indeed sister cities.

Veale Garden
Qingdao Rose Garden


Lastly, two more rose gardens can be found by venturing just eight kilometres south of the city.

Twentieth Century Rose Garden
Twentieth Century Rose Garden


urrbrae
Twentieth Century Rose Garden


The Twentieth Century Rose Garden, within the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct, incorporates some of the features from Peter Waite's original design including its rose arbour. The garden has roses significant to each decade since 1900. Earlier varieties are featured in a formal layout towards the southern end. Open from dawn to dusk each day, I reckon the best time to visit is in the evening as the sun is setting.

Twentieth Century Rose Garden
The garden as sun is setting


The formal gardens of Carrick Hill, designed by Ursula Hayward herself, contains many old-fashioned roses as well as award-winning varieties from each year's Royal Adelaide Show. The Alister Clark Rose Garden was created in honour of the great Australian rosarian whose lifelong passion was breeding roses. Over thirty of Clark's many new varieties have been established here. Rose beds can also be seen along the entrance and around the tennis court. Garden admission is free from Wednesdays to Sundays.

Carrick Hill
Carrick Hill


Carrick Hill
Alister Clark Rose Garden


Where are some other places you have found rose gardens around Adelaide? I would love to know your findings.
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