Welcome to the Victoria State Rose Garden website. With over 5000 roses (covering about 5 hectares), the Victoria State Rose Garden is one of the tourist gems of Victoria.
Presentation of 2016 Heritage Council Award
On Wednesday 29 June 2016 a presentation of the 2016 Heritage Council Award was made to the Victoria State Rose Garden Supporters by Professor Stuart Macintyre AO, Chair of Heritage Council Victoria.
- The Award has been created by the Heritage Council of Victoria to recognize the significant role communities and groups play in the maintenance and preservation of Victoria’s cultural heritage.
- Following considerable hard work and lobbying by members of the National Rose Society, principally by Mr James Lyall Priestly OAM, the garden was developed in the grounds of Werribee Park Mansion by the Public Works Department in Stages from 1986 to 2001. However, changes of State Government and economic rationalisation left the Rose Garden at risk in the early 1990s. It had to be demonstrated that there were sufficient volunteers to carry out the work involved in both the current Garden and any extension. The Victoria State Rose Garden Supporters Werribee Park Inc. was registered in June 1993 with around 50 members, several of whom are still active volunteers.
- So basically the Supporters are the only reason we have this wonderful asset – an asset to both the precinct and the State.The original group was trained in all aspects of rose culture by some of the foremost rosarians in the country and continue to pass on their knowledge to each newcomer. (See all speech notes)
Victoria State Rose Garden Volunteers win award
JULY 6, 2016 2:35 PM BY CHARLENE MACAULAY
The win by the VSRG volunteers of the Heritage Council Award was featured in the article by Charlene Macaulay in the Star Weekly local paper. Read the entire article via the link below.
6 Weeks of Pruning gone! (See more photos)
However with over 5000 roses to prune it will take quite some time till all the bushes are completely pruned....... Hopefully it will be finished by the end of August. Come & see the volunteers in action any Wednesday or Saturday morning and have a chat about pruning.
Better still think about volunteering yourself!
Photos from present and past pruning seasons to illustrate the hard work of the volunteers.
State Rose Garden Opening Times
THE GARDEN IS OPEN EVERY DAY AND IS FREE TO VISIT.
Please NOTE: the next special event at WERRIBEE PARK which could impact on access to the Rose Garden is: Click here for more SPECIAL EVENTS at Werribee Park & Mansion which might effect Garden access.
Formal Entrance for the Victoria State Rose Garden
The improvement was long overdue with visitors previously unable to locate the garden entrance due to foliage and inadequate signage. It is now easy to see the large Metal Entrance Arch from the car park. It has State Rose Garden inscribed and a side panel showing the plan of the 4.5 hectare garden.
Entry is free but all donations are gratefully accepted as the Garden is maintained by volunteers. (Donation Tube inside the entrance)