Rose Society of Victoria

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

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Last weekend, Maureen and Paul Lucas of Rowville had an open day in their famed garden ‘Rosemont’. This was clearly very well attended, and $642 was raised, and this has been contributed to support the fast-approaching 2021 World Rose Convention. Thank you so much Maureen and Paul for this generous effort!

Rosemont is an organic garden. It was planned that way from the beginning, back in 1994, when the approximately 1/3 of an acre vacant block was full of English Ivy, brambles and Wattles. Clearing was followed by ‘no-dig’ layering of newspaper, manure, compost and mulch. Those were the days, when there was still newspaper!

The plants fortunate enough to live in Rosemont are many of them drought-friendly perennials and shrubs; any and all plants suitable for our hot, dry summers, such as succulents, cacti, hundreds of bulbs, Iris, Salvias, Pelargoniums, Clivias, Plectranthus along with of course perhaps 100 roses, which once established are also quite able to go it alone even in the heat and dry. Maureen’s name for the garden is ‘Garden of 10,000 plants.

The garden is beautiful in every season and is designated an official ‘Garden for Wildlife’.

There are no toxic chemical pest controls – but there isn’t a pest problem, because the garden is in a state of ecological balance in which any annoying species are naturally controlled by other organisms. This means also that there is a beautiful feeling in the garden as it buzzes with joyous life, being host to precious native bees, frogs, lizards, perhaps 30 species of birds, and of course the odd possum.

Everything was created and constructed by the couple. The design of the garden was Maureen’s domain, while Paul is the builder of all the structures: the potting shed, fences and edging, decking and arches.

What delight, a paragon and a model for all gardens here in the southern parts of the country.




Maureen and Paul are members of the Rose Society of Victoria Inc.. Maureen was a judge at the RSV Spring Rose Show. She is a National Horticultural Judge, the Garden Writer for The Senior Newspaper in Australia, Editor of the Australian Horticultural Judges’ Magazine and the Travel Writer for the local Rowville/Lysterfield News. She also freelances for other publications. Paul, who was a past President of the Knox Home Garden Club, is an accredited National Photographic Judge, an award-winning photographer and the photography writer for the Rowville/Lysterfield News. He is on the Committee of the Garden Clubs of Australia.


Steve Beck, already an honoured Lifetime Member of the RSV, has been nominated for, and subsequently awarded, an Australian Rose Award.
Steve brings to all dealings with the rose world and no doubt the world at large, a high energy, a warmth and a passion for knowledge – and it is a very deep and broad knowledge indeed that he shares freely- that enhances the happiness and enthusiasm of everyone around him.

We congratulate him on gaining this symbol of the appreciation he so deserves.
It’s great to know you, Steve. Thanks for all you do!

We don't have a photo of shrinking violet Steve, but here is a pic instead of a rose that fascinates him, Rosa acicularis, the Arctic Rose:

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Following: Steve’s nomination text-
Steve grew up in Dorset, England and developed a passion and love of roses from an early age both from his mother and grandmother to whom he was very close.
Since arriving in Australia, he has become a leading authority on roses, especially species and heritage roses.
Steve joined The Rose Society of Victoria Inc in 1994. He became a member of Council in 1997, Vice-President in 2002 and served a term as President from 2003-2005. He was awarded Life
Membership in 2005.
In 2005 he moved to the Southern Highlands, NSW, to expand his business, Roses and Friends, with Sue Kingsford. This business has introduced many new and rare varieties of roses from
overseas breeders including Chris Warner and Horner Roses. These roses have had great success and have received many awards at the National Rose Trial Gardens.
Steve is a very active member of Heritage Roses in Australia Inc and became Co-Ordinator of the Illawarra/Southern Highlands Group in 2008 and currently holds this position. He was the HRIA
Inc President from 2015-2016.
He was also the Co-Convenor of the very successful 13th Biennial Conference of Heritage Roses held in Mittagong in 2016.
Steve is also a sought after speaker and has given talks to many garden clubs and other organisations to promote the rose. He has published many well-written articles, both nationally
and internationally, a testament to his background in English literature. He has mentored many people and is always happy to share his great knowledge and to give advice to others.
Steve has been attending the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show for many years
representing and promoting roses to a wide audience.
Steve is very involved in the protection and conservation of the David Ruston Heritage Rose Collection from Renmark. He is currently managing the database for this collection which lists the
names, details and locations of these roses which is a very important resource for now and for the future.
Steve was one of the contributing authors of “500 Popular Roses for Australian Gardens” published in 2001. In addition, Steve has given demonstrations on pruning roses at Burnley
College, University of Melbourne.


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Our rose society is all about our shared delight in the beauty of roses. All members have the opportunity reap the benefits of collective knowledge, skills and fellowship. Some members do much, much more. They generously give of their time throughout their lives to keep the society thriving with their labours of love. They are the people who are the constant gardeners, the ones always there at every event, taking care of things so that we all feell the strength and security of our long association together.

This year is the RSVs 120th anniversary!

It is with great pleasure and in gratitude that the Society bestows upon two of its dearest, Clyde Laidlaw and Elizabeth Omond-Smith, the investitures of Honorary Life Membership.

The society delights in the re-election at last night's Annual General Meeting (Tuesday 13 August) of Sandra Turner as RSV president. Thank you very much Sandra for once again taking up the yoke for all of us! We hope your time in the Rosy Throne will be fulfilling for you.

Front and centre in the above picture is the beautiful cake with which we celebrated our 120th anniversary as a rose society. From left to right, continuing president Sandra, along with Lifetime Members Clyde and Elizabeth in a very happy moment, joining forces to cut the cake together, demonstrating the bond of fellowship that keeps our society such a strong family.


April, May, June, July, August, September, October....NOVEMBER! It doesn't feel as though all those months have passed since the Autumn Specatacular. The Spring Rose Show sneaks up and pounces fast, so we're announcing it well in advance.

Over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of November this year is the official competition and exhibition of the best of the best beautiful rosey entrants for the Garden State (that's Victoria).

As well, down from distant hills descend vendors of rare, beautiful collectors' roses, for these few days gloriously on display and convenient to obtain.

And much more....



Check the Monthly Meetings page for details.

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