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Enjoy high tea amidst the roses
Victoria State Rose Garden
Victoria State Rose Garden

Victoria State Rose Garden is recognised internationally and considered one of Australia's best rose gardens. The setting is magical given the backdrop provided by the historic Werribee Mansion, paired with the acclaimed garden, perfectly manicured green lawns and grand old pine trees.

The setting offers you a perfect afternoon amongst the beautiful rolling grounds – with picnics welcome.

Victoria State Rose Garden
Victoria State Rose Garden

This year's State Rose & Garden Show will bring the vibrant gardens to life, with food trucks, the Prosecco Van and live music, plus new experiences including the introduction of a High Tea experience, and a Beer and Wine Garden amongst the roses.

Presented by the Wyndham City Council, the free event takes place over one event-filled weekend – Saturday, 9th and Sunday, 10th November.

Victoria State Rose Garden
Victoria State Rose Garden

Some of Australia's most beloved gardening experts will join this year's event, including South Australia's 'Indoors Outdoors'
gardening guru Kim Syrus, Gardening Australia's Jane Edmanson, Network Ten's 'The Home Team' host Anthony Scott and Vasili Kanidiadis, host of Vasili's Garden on 7Two, SBS TV and Channel 31. They will be sharing their tips and tricks on improving and maintaining your garden, so be sure to bring notetaking paraphernalia.

You will get to wander through stunning rose-lined pathways – full of vibrant roses. With six acres of garden to explore and shades covering everything from soft creams to brilliant corals, the 5,000 floral displays are the perfect setting for a relaxed afternoon with family and friends.

Live plant care demonstrations and guided tours will run across the weekend, with so much to learn from industry experts.

Browse through the pop-up nursery stalls with plants, tools, pots and homewares on offer. Relax amongst the blooms, with live music and food trucks. This year also brings a fresh new garden pop-up, serving up a delicious new experience each day.

On Saturday, visitors will be able to enjoy some smooth brews in the rose-filled wine and beer garden, with craft beers, ciders, wine and Roseade paired with Bluebonnet Barbecue's American style fare.

Victoria State Rose Garden High Tea experience from the High Tea Mistress
Victoria State Rose Garden

On Sunday, its vintage glamour and indulgence with the Prosecco Van and Mrs. Baker's Gin paired with a unique rose-inspired High Tea experience from the High Tea Mistress. There are two high tea packages available for pre-purchase; 'Little Pleasures' and 'Afternoon Delight' with prices starting at $30. Bookings are limited, with tickets available via

A limited number of bookings will also be available on the day.

Victoria State Rose Garden
Victoria State Rose Garden High Tea experience from the High Tea Mistress

Only a 30-minute drive from Melbourne's CBD, the State Rose & Garden Show offers plenty for all levels
of gardeners – whether a novice or a green thumb – and there is entertainment the whole family will enjoy.

The Victoria State Rose Garden is lead by the passion and hard work of volunteers. They maintain this must-see destination for garden and outdoor lovers, and visitors are encouraged to support the wonderful work of garden volunteers by making a gold coin donation at the event.

Gates open at 10am both days –so make a weekend of it and explore the grand surrounds of Werribee Park Mansion, including Werribee Mansion, Werribee Open Range Zoo and the luxurious Mansion Hotel and Spa.

Visit here for the full program guide.

For other great rose gardens, you might not know about, click here.

To visit Musk Farm's fabulous garden, click here

And given its spring, here is a link to Melbourne's secret gardens.
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Why? Smell the roses
When: Date: 9 – 10 November Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Victoria State Rose Garden, Werribee Park, K Road, Werribee South
Cost: This is a free event however a gold coin donation would be appreciated – donations go towards helping to support the wonderful work of the Victoria State Rose Garden Volunteers.
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