The Victoria State Rose Garden at Werribee Mansion
Did you know that Victoria’s most beautiful rose gardens are just a few minutes away from Harpley? At the Victorian State Rose Garden at Werribee Mansion there is five hectares’ of roses on display for the public to visit year round.
The Victorian State Rose Garden is internationally renowned. In 2003 it was the first rose garden outside of Europe to be recognised with the International Garden of Excellence award by the World Federation of Rose Societies. Even more incredibly, the entire garden is cared for by volunteers.
Historically, the Victorian State Rose Garden has always relied on community kindness to flourish. In 1981 the first batch of donated roses arrived in Werribee and, over the following years, volunteers were called upon time and again to maintain and care for the gardens. As a result, the Victorian State Rose Garden Supporters Group was established and now works closely with Parks Victoria, Werribee Mansion management and tourism authorities to ensure the garden always looks its best.
There are about 100 volunteers today (many still from the original group of 50 volunteers who answered a newspaper advertisement in 1992) and they contribute about 9000 hours of labour every year, plus countless additional hours offering tours and doing administrative work! Their efforts have been impressive. For instance, the garden has one of the best collections of Heritage Roses in Australia – the bulk of these can be located along the Heritage Border – a hedge fenceline between Werribee Mansion and the Rose Garden.
Similarly the stunning formal entrance to the Victorian State Rose Garden was brought about due to the tireless dedication of volunteers and the local community who fundraised together.
Visitors are always welcome at the Rose Garden and you can chat to the many volunteers on Wednesdays and Saturdays mornings. There are blooms generally open from early October to late July but the best times of year to visit are November and March.
Entry to the Victorian State Rose Garden is free but since it is run by volunteers, donations are welcome and appreciated.
Adjacent to The Mansion at Werribee Park in the Werribee Park Tourism Precinct. Open April to September 9.30am – 5pm; October to March 9.30am – 6pm
For more information visit the Victoria State Rose Garden website www.vicstaterosegarden.com.au
Images: Victoria State Rose Garden Facebook page
Volunteer at the Victoria State Rose Garden
Want to know more about how to get involved and perhaps volunteer some of your time to the Victoria State Rose Garden? Hear from some of the Garden’s volunteers - view our Victoria State Rose Garden video here!