RECENT AND/OR UPCOMING TOPICS
NEW MONTHLY SEMINAR/DISCUSSION TOPICS
The dates and topics for monthly meetings for the first half of the year are now set, so open up your diary and head over to the
Monthly Meetings page to lock them
FREE PRUNING DEMONSTRATIONS 2017
The dates and venues have now been set for the Winter 2017 Free Rose Pruning Demonstrations. Time to add one or a few to your diary!
Our most experienced rosarians will show you, using live rose bushes- in some cases climbers and standards too- how best to prune for the health,
vigour and bloom abundance of your own roses.
For some sessions you'll need to bring your own seccateurs, and for others not. Have a great time and grow your confidence and
THE ROSE SOCIETY OF VICTORIA WILL PRESENT…
THE AUTUMN ROSE SPECTACULAR!
8th - 9th April, 2017
810 Springvale Road
Opening times - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on both days.
Come along to enjoy the spectacular autumn roses.
Rose experts will be present to answer all your questions on roses.
Click here for a printable flyer to give to friends
or display where people gather..
THE 2016 SPRING ROSE SHOW FAST APPROACHES!
Spring has sprung, and so fast approaches the Spring Rose Show! The roses are sprouting leaves and buds like mad in the increasingly mild
temperatures and abundant moisture. Rose-lovers are nourishing their plants, getting ready to share the blooms with all comers and compete for prizes in all classes from Novice estions you may
As always, we have a great selection of trading tables outside the exhibition hall. A new artisan joins us this year. See below for more
NEW ARTISANAL TOOLMAKER AT THE 2016 SPRING ROSE SHOW
At every Spring Rose Show, as well as the show's raison 'etre- competition displays of roses and floral art, tasty victuals and coveted-prized
raffles, are permitted certain vendors whose products will satisfy the inspired and dedicated rosarian. Joining us for the first time this year is F.D.Ryan Tool Makers.
"Hand made artisan garden tools from F.D.RYAN Tool Makers.
James handcrafts a wide range of traditional garden tools in his Melbourne workshop.
He also makes custom designed plant supports.
If you are looking for an Obelisk for your climbing rose or a long reach weeder for the daisies in your lawn, then visit James at the Rose Show
as discuss your ideas.
Or contact James at www.fdryan.com"
FREE PRUNING DEMONSTRATIONS 2016
The dates and venues have now been set for the Winter 2016 Free Rose Pruning Demonstrations. This event has been hugely popular for many years now. Our most experienced
rosarians will show you, using live rose bushes- in some cases climbers and standards too- how best to prune for the health, vigour and bloom abundance of your own roses.
You can now check the RSV Free Pruning
Demos page to choose the best time and
closest place to attend your session. For some sessions you'll need to bring your own seccateurs, and for others not. Have a great time and grow your confidence and skill!
WHICH ROSE HAS THE MOST WONDROUS SCENT? CAST YOUR VOTE!
|Blue for you
Now that is what the science community would call a fairly small sample size. To be sure the count represents the true majority, we need plenty of
people to say which roses they know have the greatest scents, and so we will be doing another survey at the Autumn Rose Spectacular at Gardenworld.
Do come and cast your vote.
It's on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of April. That is only a few weeks from now. Time to pencil it into the diary!
THE 2015 SPRING ROSE SHOW CONCLUDES
So we come to the end of the 2015 Rose Show. The president would like to thank all those who stepped up to be helpers this year. Well done,
team! There was a great response for the setting up and running of the show, which went like clockwork thanks to the considerable organisational skills of expert coordinator
Attendance wasn't so high as in past years, but a good show was put on and many who were there expressed their enjoyment. 'A good show' is
perhaps a slight understatement. Some have gone on record to say that this has been the best year ever for roses despite unseasonable heat in October and the depredations of thrip taking their toll.
The blooms in the show were immmaculate and naturally lovely. Huge passion and effort went to produce so much beauty, as always.
Images to come soon!
Australia has been awarded the honour and burden of hosting the 19th World Federation of Rose Societies Convention in 2021. The National Rose
Society of Australia is now launching a splendid fundraiser for this event. Available for purchase, with part of the proceeds to go to the Convention fund, are cases of wine from Patrick of
The Coonawarra region is particularly good, and therefore famous, for wine production: "Coonawarra's terra rossa soil is one of the notable
terroirs of the New World, covering an area of just 15 km x 2 km north of Penola. It lies on a shallow limestone ridge, raising it above the swampy land either side"
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coonawarra_wine_region] Terra rossa ( Italian for "red soil") is a type of iron oxide-rich red clay soil produced by the weathering of limestone. Compared to most clay
soils, terra rossa has surprisingly good drainage characteristics. This makes it a popular soil type for wine production. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_rossa_(soil)]
Here are some words from Patrick of Coonawarra's website about the way they grow their grapes:
"Best practice viticulture techniques such as minimal spraying, organic composting, and canopy management are employed to produce optimal fruit.
The cool climate combined with an exceptionally long ripeing period allows for balanced acids in the grapes and gentle fruit flavour development."
Reisling and Sauvignon Blanc are $120 per case.
Shiraz and Cabernet/Merlot are $150 per case.
Combination dozens as per your preference are $155 for all red, $125 for all white, and a mixture of white and red wines is $140.
Download a printable pdf order form for detailed descriptions and ordering information (1.6 MB)
2015 AUTUMN ROSE SPECTACULAR
Not long from now in early April is the other big rose show of the year, the Autumn Rose Spectacular, to be held at Gardenworld on Springvale Rd.
Even now, as with the Spring Rose Show, the most dedicated and skilled rosarians are applying the most intensive TLC to their roses in preparation for exhibition at this event.
THE FIRST MEETINGS OF 2016
The speakers and topics for the February and March meetings have been set. We have Diana Fickling, Rosarian Laureate, and Maureen and Paul Lucas.
They will conduct audio-visual presentations on companion planting inspiration and best practice, and on the fascination of the tropical gardens of Singapore respectively.
What topics would you like to see and hear at monthly meetings? What would you like to know more about as it concerns roses? Or would you simply
love to see all the possible beauty of roses as they are represented all around the world? Please let us know what tickles your fancy and piques your interest.
Do you have knowledge or experiences you'd like to share? What challenges and joys have you encountered on your journey as a rose lover? What
wisdoms have you gained? Please get in touch with us and introduce
yourself. We are always looking for exciting new speakers.
ROSE NEWS ONLINE FOR MEMBERS
The Summer edition of the Rose News is now available for members. To view it, head over to the Home Page and log
FREE PRUNING DEMONSTRATIONS 2015
Mother's Day is coming...
If you have roses that will need pruning when the dormant season arrives, and you'd like to gain a thorough grounding in the ways this is done,
expert rosarians of the Rose Society of Victoria are putting on more than twenty rose pruning demonstrations from June to August this year of 2015. You have a good chance of finding one nearby, as
they will take place in a wide range of locations from Werribee to Mornington to Morwell, and in the middle suburbs of Melbourne as well.
You can keep an eye on the schedule to plan your pruning demo day HERE
CELEBRATING THE CENTENARY YEAR OF THE ROSE SOCIETY OF VICTORIA
The Rose Society of Victoria Spring Rose show is past, but of course there is no such thing as too much when it comes to roses. The spring bloom is
still in full swing, and nowhere is this more spectacularly evident than at the State Rose Garden in Werribee. If you have not seen this, it is absolutely mandatory, bucket list stuff. Simply walking
once around it is a health-giving workout. Seeing and scenting every beautiful rose in this vast garden is an epic exercise in bliss, following which you will want a hearty dinner, and will sleep
like a baby.
However, not only are the roses gloriously to be seen at the State Rose and Garden Show, but there are dozens of exhibitors and many events to fascinate garden-lovers, featuring some of the best presenters we know and enjoy greatly from the gardening
shows on TV we love to follow.
Now in its third year, the State Rose & Garden Show will take place for the first time over two huge days Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 November
at the Victorian State Rose Garden at Werribee
With so much on offer come and learn more about gardening from industry experts, enjoy a guided tour of the garden hosted by the Victoria State
Rose Garden Supporters, purchase plants and associated gardening products, while the children enjoy garden workshops, face painting and lawn games.
. 10 a.m till 4 p.m. It's free entry .... No tickets needed.
THE SPRING ROSE SHOW DATE IS SET, AND THE SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!
We are getting ready for the 2015 Spring Rose Show to take place on Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th of
Click the following links for:
Downloadable, printable Schedule (PDF FORMAT 52KB)
Programme of events
2015 Spring Rose Show printable flyer
* If you would like to help spread the word about the Spring Rose Show, download the printable flyer. It is in .doc format (approximately 1Mb). You can print some, leave them where many people might see them and pick one up, and give them to friends and
OUR FRIEND BRUCE CHAPMAN
UPCOMING CHANGES TO THE SPRING ROSE SHOW SCHEDULE
It is with deep regret we are informing our members of the death of Dr Bruce Chapman A R A.
Bruce was a renowned rose breeder, a competitive exhibitor, mentor, educator and a cherished member of our Society since 1983. He conducted many
workshops on Rose Exhibiting. He was awarded a life Membership of the Rose Society in 2003, the Australian Rose Award in 2006 and a Service Medal Award in 2007.
A profile of his life will be in the next Rose News
Our Sincere Condolences to his wife Joyce and extended family
A meeting to discuss the Spring Rose Show Schedule has recently been held, and some significant changes have been made.
The new Schedule will be available to members here when it is complete.
A few of the things that will be different are as follows:
1. An Intermediate class has been re-introduced in most classes
2.Some definitions have been reworded for clarity.
3.Novice exhibitors will move into Intermediate after winning five  First prizes.
4.0ntermediate exhibitors will move into Open class after winning five  First prizes
Please read your new Schedule very carefully so that you will be aware of all the changes
||At the Judges Meeting, Barbara Watson was selected as our Chief Judge.The judging panel will be comprised of Laurie
Newman, Beth Williams and Barbara Watson.We hope in the next year to set up a judging school to train Rose Society of Victoria members to be judges. Several people have expressed a wish to undergo
A GIFT OF RSV MEMBERSHIP FOR MOTHERS' DAY
Mothers’ Day is approaching. If your Mum loves to be honoured and cherished with a special present on the 10th of May,
we have some ideas in that direction...
For the aspiring or accomplished green thumb Mum with established or in-progress roses, we suggest a
MEMBERSHIP in our Rose
Society of Victoria.
THINGS as gifts are nice of course, such as perhaps a bunch of roses. But beautiful as this ephemeral gift may be,
consider by comparison the opportunities for social fun, learning and shared gardening creativity over many
that the experience of a Rose Society membership will bestow!
Many people have roses in their gardens, and though they are tough and will bloom like the troopers they are each
year for us even if we ignore them, learning all the ways to care for and propagate them will enable to gardener to
bring out all the potential for beauty in these venerable and beloved plants.
Rose Society Membership will give your Mum entrée to a group of the most knowledgeable and inspired rosarians
in the state, knowledge and inspiration that will be catching.
To find out all the benefits that comprise Rose Society Membership, they are laid out in detail HERE.
A BEAUTIFUL LOCALLY BRED ROSE- FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE
Deep pink Floribunda/Cluster-Flowered rose.
Bred by Bruce Chapman (Australia, before 2003) and commercially available since 2007.
Parentage: First Prize × Sexy Rexy
Flemington Racecourse is a beautiful rose bred by one of our members, Bruce Chapman. It can be seen at the exciting Morwell Centenary Rose Garden,
as well as, of course, at the racetrack for which it has been named.
Flemington Racecourse with its lovely camellia-sized blooms has a sweetness about it, with the gentle, slightly informal arrangement of just 17-25
petals. The bush is an unimposing height of usually less than a metre and has glossy dark green leaves that offset the bloom hues perfectly.
The flower colouring is exceptional, blooms as they age having the special talent of fading most gracefully from an opulent cerise in the centre to
a delicate, dusky mauve at the outer edges.
The rose is fragrant and the bush highly floriferous, bearing dense clusters and blooming repeatedly over the warmer months.
|lemington Racecourse has some fascinating ancestors. One of these, several generations back, was The Queen Alexandra Rose
from 1917, which could hardly have been more striking. Each of the very many tightly wrapped petals was a vivid red with a pure white to palest blush pink reverse, the reverses showing most, as with
a white waistjacket lined in red satin. This kind of ‘reversible’ colour scheme is very characteristic of the China Rose, from which all modern Hybrid Tea roses are descended. The Queen Alexandra
|Another famous ancestor further back is the much-loved in Australia Comtesse de Labarthe, more often known here as
Duchesse de Brabant. It has soft, flimsy petals arranged in a cupped shape.
Perhaps these two ancestors contributed some measure of uniqueness of hue and softness of petal to Flemington Racecourse.
If you love this rose and would like to meet its talented creator, he is often to be seen and heard sharing his wealth of experiential knowledge at
our monthly meetings
A tiny taste of the plethora of beautiful roses at the Spring Rose Show
2014 Rose Show Images
Victoria Gold at The South Australian Spring Rose Show
Our First Rose of The Month
The Rose Society of South Australia is one of our sister organisations. A mere 730 km and eight hours' driving time from the edges of our rose beds
to Adelaide means members of both societies often commute to participate wholeheartedly in each other's fun events.
RSV president Veronica O'Brien has just returned from The South-Aussies' Spring Rose Show, which took place three weeks before ours, on the 18th
and 19th of October. Veronica found time to grab a shot of the beautiful arrangement of roses and Eucalyptus foliage she created to represent us there. She has built the display around Victoria Gold,
Centenary Celebration Rose of the Rose Society of Victoria.
The rich, warm gold/yellow hues perfectly complement luminous white and the cool blue-grey of the gum leaves to create an effect that is both
exuberantly spectacular and elegant.
Rose Society of Victoria commemorative Centennial Rose "Victoria Gold"
"Victoria Gold" is a floribunda rose released to commemorate the Centenary of The Rose Society of Victoria.
Bred by Eric Welsh of Erina, NSW.
A vibrant golden yellow floribunda with deep green leaves and red margining of the petals (varies with climatic conditions).
Spectacular masses of colour on a compact growth habit on the shorter side of a metre in height.
An early flowerer that will repeat until winter.
Excellent for bedding.
Long-lasting as a cut flower
See it at the Victoria State Rose Garden