Rose Society of Victoria

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

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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.


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JUNE MONTHLY MEETING: Tuesday 11th June at 8pm


Akif Yeltas from Secret Rose Gardenwill be sharing his tips on pruning and getting your tools ready for the pruning season. Bring along your pruning tools to get the most out of the session.

Helen Lovel from Neutrog will be joining us to give us the latest updates and her top tips on what to do in the garden this month. Bring a notepad and pen so you can write down what products to order at our Rose Society very special MEMBERS ONLY prices. For new members we will explain how the ordering process works.



It is with great sadness we inform you that David Ruston OAM passed away late Sunday 19 May 2019 at Renmark in South Australia

David Ruston’s contribution to the rose made him a world rose industry legend. His efforts were lauded and recognised throughout Australia and internationally.

David’s career with roses began on the family property in 1948. By the mid-1970s the 11 hectare orchard was converted to roses, comprising 50,000 bushes, one of the largest collections in the world. David lectured and demonstrated flower arranging at rose conferences around the world. In 1966 David was awarded the T.A. Stewart Memorial Award, the Australian Rose Award in 1982, the WFRS Rose Pin in 1988 and Gold Medal in 2004, the Deane Ross Memorial Award in 1997 and the prestigious Dean Hole Medal in 1994. In 1984 David received an Order of Australia Medal for services to horticulture. He became the first president of Heritage Roses in Australia in 1986 and the President of the WFRS from 1991 to 1994.

At the WFRS World Rose Convention in 2009 the highest award bestowed by the Federation, The President Emeritus Award, was presented to David Ruston for his life-long passion, service and dedication in a variety of roles.

The fact that he was granted no less than nine Life Memberships to Rose Societies and Garden Clubs is a testament to his skills, creativity and generosity.

Truly a life with roses.

(Words and photo courtesy the Rose Society of South Australia)


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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