The idea of a flower show seems so quaint and old-fashioned but nothing beats a rose show for an exquisite sensory overload. This year's Spring Rose Show, hosted by enthusiasts from the Rose Society of Victoria Inc. will be sure to please.
With the Society established over 110 years ago, its members know a thing or two about these beautiful blooms, and will be at hand to discuss the extensive range of rose varieties in existence, some of which are no longer grown commercially.
But the main attraction will be seeing the flawless, prize-winning exhibits that are awarded to growers of the best roses under various categories and types. Single roses, bunches, seedlings, novelty roses, tea roses, heritage roses, floribundas, shrub roses, miniature roses and climbing roses - will all be represented as well as others.
While there you can also obtain free expert advice from dedicated rose gardeners on all aspects of rose cultivation and tips on the kinds of roses that are suitable for your garden.
There will be a series of informative talks by well-known celebrity gardeners and rose experts over the two-day event:
Saturday 2.30pm - Tonia Todman: Illustrated talk on roses Saturday 3.30pm - Geoff Crowhurst: Heritage Roses Sunday 11.00am - Panel x 3: Questions on rose culture from the audience Sunday 1.30pm - Bruce Chapman: Growing roses in containers
Sunday 3.00pm - Beth Williams: Pruning roses
In addition, there will be stalls selling art works, gifts, garden gear, companion plants and of course, rose plants. The Salvia Study Group will also be represented. Food for lunch or afternoon tea is available over the entire weekend and then on the Sunday, from 4.30pm only, you can buy bunches of fresh roses.