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

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A WORD FROM 2017 AUSTRALIAN ROSE CHAMPIONSHIPS COORDINATOR JACINTA BURKE

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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COME ALONG ON OUR MORNINGTON BOTANICAL ROSE GARDEN EXCURSION

Have you seen the Mornington Botanical Rose Garden yet? If not, how about joining us on a fun Sunday afternoon outing on the 12th? We'll travel down as a group on our own chartered bus. There'll be a boxed lunch, comfort and the happy, friendly company of expert RSV rosarians.

Mornington Rose Gardens are not just any old pretty rose garden (though 'pretty' isn't superlative enough; it's spectacular). Though they don't make a big deal about it, the garden is one of a few repositories for the National Rose Collection. This is the vast collection of all rose cultivars and species in Australia including rare heritage varieties, that was established and maintained for decades solely by famed rosarian and conservator David Ruston. In this way we insure the continuance of this precious national legacy against the vagaries of drought and other losses.

Another claim to fame for Mornington Botanical Rose Garden is their having been awarded the World Federation of Rose Societies
AWARD of GARDEN EXCELLENCE for
OUTSTANDING ROSE GARDENS,

only the 3rd such award within Australia and the 43rd world wide.

This year is turning out to be extradordinary for roses. Following a very cold winter that brought quite a lot of frost damage to Victorian gardens we have very favourable conditions during spring with far fewer pests than in recent years. Growth is vigorous and blooms are large and flawless. So this would be a very good season for the Mornington trip.

Bring a friend or few!

It's on Sunday the November 12. The bus leaves at 12.30. All details will be provided on registration. In the meantime, if you have any questions, look for the Coordinator's email address and phone number in the registration form.

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2017 ROSE CHAMPIONSHIP TWO-FOR-ONE GIFT

This year, in honour of the greatness of the occasion of Victoria's hosting the National Rose Show and Rose Championships, we intend to make it twice as easy for everyone to come and enjoy the Spring Rose Show. For each Adult ticket purchased, we're throwing in a free ticket. So when there are two of you, it's twice as affordable!

To avail of this offer, print the Speaker Programme and Two-For-One document and bring along the tear-off strip. We hope every body will bring everybody they know. The more, the merrier!

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~Both For One and One for Both~


2017 ROSE CHAMPIONSHIP TRADERS

Joining us this year for the first time are two new traders who we hope will be very popular with rose-lovers. Visitors to the Spring Rose Show in recent years may have seen Michelle Enderby's striking circular canvases depicting spectacular rose blooms writ large. Michelle has a large catalogue of artworks available in several media.

Anyone who has ever done any real work in the garden well knows the rate of sartorial attrition. Gardening clobber has to be tough! Green Hip is a company that makes workwear for women who know it is possible to face down the forces of mud, rain and prickles AND look good at the same time.

For details, head over to the Traders page.

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2017 ROSE CHAMPIONSHIP SPEAKER TOPICS

Our seminar topics for this year's super-special Spring Rose Show, as we host the National Rose Championships, are now set.

Diaries- opEN!!

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MONTHLY SEMINAR/DISCUSSION TOPICS JULY TO DECEMBER 2017

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Diana Sargeant – Roses for 2017 Veronica O’Brien – Rose Travels Brad Alden-Brown –What’s New at Rankin Roses Laurie Newman -Creating the Perfect Bunch of Roses Waverley Floral Art – Christmas Roses

The monthly meeting seminar dates and topics for the second half of 2017 are now available to be written into diaries in bold fuschia capitals with several exclamation points. A great outing with friends!


NEW MONTHLY SEMINAR/DISCUSSION TOPICS

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Hulthemias' influence in rose breeding Organic garden protection Free-for-all Q and A session! Bring your questions for the experts Garden friends and foes

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 in!


WINE-LOVERS' ALERT

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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" [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." [http://www.patrickofcoonawarra.com/about-us/our-vineyards]

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)