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Published November 9th 2020
Stop and smell the roses
Since the time of Empress Josephine, who planted more than 250 varieties of roses at Chateau de Malmaison in France, rose gardens have been a feature of many cities around the world. Here in South Australia, we are notable for at least five different rose gardens around Renmark, Lyndoch, North Adelaide and Adelaide city.
Ruston's Rose Garden in Renmark houses approximately 4000 colourful and aromatic rose varieties. As Australia's largest rose garden, there are 26 acres of rose bushes to wander around. We found walking through the garden really enjoyable on a partly cloudy October day. If visiting in summer, I would recommend wearing a hat for protection against the sun.
With two lawns and a garden, Lyndoch Hill has over 30,000 beautiful roses produced by world-famous growers. You are welcome to take a stroll through the rose garden or just relax and admire the roses from one of the park benches. The magical gazebo surrounded by multi-colour roses and the romantic steps shouldered by standard seduction roses add to the ambience of the place.
The International Rose Garden at Adelaide Botanic Garden draws visitors through colourful spaces revealing different rose collections. There's a sunken garden and a circular garden as well as several pergolas to delight your senses. Located adjacent to the Bicentennial Conservatory, the area displays 2,500 roses in total including single roses, heritage roses and pillar roses.
Featuring the City of Adelaide rose, Veale Gardens along South Terrace has more than 50 varieties of roses in its sunken garden. The City of Adelaide rose was named to recognise Adelaide as a leading rose-growing city in the world. Plus, towards the east of the garden are medium-sized Queen Adelaide rose bushes with glossy dark green foliage and mauve-pink cup-shaped blooms. The Queen Adelaide rose was first introduced in Australia in 1986. Both these roses make me proud to be an Adelaidean.