Sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses
The days might still be a bit chilly, but Spring has sprung and all is coming up roses at Werribee Park. This year's annual State Rose and Garden Show celebrates its fifth year and takes place over one huge weekend on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November 2017 at the Victorian State Rose Garden.
With a line-up of Australia's most respected gardening experts, including Gardening Australia's Jane Edmanson OAM, Channel 9's 'Garden Angel' Melissa King, fellow Gardenette and Garden Guru's Chloe Thomson and SBS's plant and produce guru Vasili Kanidiadis, this year's event is guaranteed to be the biggest and best yet.
With two full days of plant care demonstrations, guided tours of the gardens, live music and refreshments, be sure to take the time to stop and smell the gorgeous roses.
Whether you're a dedicated horticulturist, a keen green thumbed home gardener or don't know your weeds from your wisteria, this is a fun and relaxing day out for the whole family.
For the kids there will be lawn games and face painting and garden workshops will be running across the weekend. The State Rose and Garden Show will also feature delicious food trucks, plant stalls, lively exhibitors and nurseries bursting with flowers at peak bloom.
Bring along a picnic and spread out your rug amongst the 5,000 blooming roses spread over more than six acres. With plenty of shade, you will enjoy a relaxing afternoon while the perfume from the roses wafts over you.
Stage one of the Victoria State Rose Garden was officially opened on the 9th November 1986. Since then and thanks to the support and enthusiasm of the local volunteers, the State Rose and Garden Show has become a unique destination for garden and outdoor lovers. Recognised internationally by the World Federation of Rose Societies, the rose garden is considered to be among Australia's best rose gardens.
The rose garden was also awarded the International Garden of Excellence by the World Federation Of Rose Societies in 2003. It was the first rose garden outside of Europe to receive this Award and the only one (at that time) cared for entirely by volunteers.
Whilst strolling amongst the roses, take in the local sights, including the exquisite manicured grounds of the iconic Werribee Mansion. The Mansion is open Weekdays - 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm) and on Weekends and public holidays - 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm). There is an entry fee to the Mansion as follows:
Concession/Child (4 to 15 years) $7.40
Family (2 Adults 2 Children) $31.90
The Victoria State Rose Garden are always seeking new volunteers to help in the garden. If you are interested in volunteering, contact them via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions to Victoria State Rose Garden:
From Melbourne: Victoria State Rose Garden is located 35 kilometres west of Melbourne's city centre, on the Princes Freeway. It is a short 30-minute drive from the city over the Westgate Bridge or via the Geelong Road. Car parking is available.
By Public Transport:
Catch a train from the Melbourne CBD to Werribee station then catch bus 439 from Werribee station to the Rose Garden.