Rose Society of Victoria

Member Society of the National Rose Society of Australia Affiliated with The Royal National Rose Society

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Coming up for our next seminar on March 13, Helen Lovel from Neutrog. Neutrog proudly sponsors this web site, and so we like to reward them for their support by informing one and all that Neutrog fertilisers are the official fertilisers of the Rose Society of Victoria.

Helen will tell all attendees about the virtues of various products for rose growing. If you are interested in boosting rose growth and general health, this is your chance to ask anything you ever wanted to know about fertiliser production that isn't explained on the packet!

In the months following that, we have rose-lust-inducing talks on Sweet Spot Decorator Roses and David Austin Roses, and all about the soil as it pertains to rose growing. The importance of healthy soil could not possibly be overstated. You may love to hear all about the breeding programmes of beautiful roses, and all about nourishing those roses with various fine products, but the one essential dimension that makes or breaks every other aspect of rose growing is the substrate those roses grow in. Be attendant to be proliferant!


Pruning time is here again.


The pruning demonstrations are very important events in the rose calendar and your help is needed.

Pruning demonstrations are a major source of income for the society. Demonstrations are held across the state and they require a massive effort by Carl and all of his helpers.

You can assist by selling our books on rose care and taking subscriptions from interested people. This will leave our pruning teams free to give demonstrations and answer questions about rose culture. These are always very enjoyable days as you get to meet a lot of new people and to share your knowledge of roses with them.

If you can help at any of the venues listed, please telephone Carl Ellefsen on (03) 5135 3341 or mobile 0457 097 162.


2017 Australian Championships

Our National Show held on 11th and 12th November 2017 at the Mount Waverley Community Centre was a resounding success. Our visitors from interstate and the public were treated to a magnificent display of blooms. Some of our interstate visitors had brought blooms with them with which to compete. The competition was fierce with the 21 judges having their work cut out for them in deciding which were the winners. The Best Exhibit of the Show was a lovely bunch of the Australian bred rose ‘Victoria Gold’. This exhibit also won the Best Bunch of the Show, Best Bunch of Floribunda Roses and Best Bunch of Australian Bred Roses. The Champion Exhibition Bloom of the Show was a magnificent bloom of ‘Marilyn Monroe’. Both Victorian and interstate visitors took home a share of the major prizes, which was wonderful to see.

There were plenty of other things to see at the show. Morwell Centenary Rose Garden had set up a fabulous display in the foyer area to celebrate their 25th anniversary. This was greatly admired by the visitors. Victoria State Rose Garden and Mornington Botanical Rose Gardens also had displays at the venue. There were vendors offering a range of goods including women’s workwear, garden tools, rose artworks, salvias and roses. After looking at all the displays visitors had the opportunity to sample the wonderful refreshments provided by our catering staff.



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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 Coonawarra.

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" [] 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. []

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)