The Rose Society of Victoria

Member society of the National Rose Society of Australia

Message from HE the Governor

of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC

and Mr Anthony Howard AM, QC

It has certainly been a difficult start to the year, with parts of our State so heavily affected by bushfires and now the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19.

First and foremost, we care about the health and well-being of all Victorians and hope that those associated with our Patronages are safe and well cared for. We all need to stay across the advice of our health authorities, which are constantly updated and can be found at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au and www.health.gov.au.

We have seen the anxiety in the community caused by COVID-19, and its effects. Of course, anxiety like this is understandable at a time of such uncertainty. But it is important, now more than ever, to remain calm and to work together.

It is a time too for gratitude to all those who are working so hard to look after our medical and emergency needs, to care for the vulnerable, to keep essential services running and to respond to this unfolding situation.

We are conscious that many of our Patronages are amongst those groups. We express to them the gratitude felt by all Victorians. We would be pleased if you would convey that to your members for us.

We are conscious too that a number of our Patronages will be celebrating particular anniversaries or achievements during this period, when large groups of people will be unable to gather together. Others will have members who are likely to feel acutely the cancellation of their normal events and activities. That, and the social distancing practices now in place, will often bring a sense of isolation. Each person, each organisation, will experience these upheavals in different ways. Our thoughts are with them all.

Please take care of each other. This is a time when we all need to check on family, neighbours, the elderly, workmates who are working off-site – anyone who might be alone or doing it tough.

Optimistic plan

We’re hoping very strongly that by Saturday November 7, the first day of the two-day RSV Spring Rose Show, we will have the all clear to go ahead.

Crossed fingers and diary entries for a day out at the Spring Rose Show with friends!

RSV Spring Rose Show flyer

Changes to events

To do our bit to limit the spread of the new Coronavirus the RSV have made three fairly big changes:

1. We won’t have our usual monthly meetings for the time being. We hope we may be able to start meetings again in July.

2. We won’t hold the Autumn Rose Spectacular this 2020 year (so far the Spring Rose Show is still planned to take place)

3. There won’t be any rose pruning demonstrations this year.

This is all a little bit lonely and disappointing, it has to be admitted, but the more we all pull together (yet at a safe distance) right now the quicker we’ll be able to return to fun as usual. It’s up to us! Sit tight, take all possible care and we’ll stop it in its tracks.

As soon as things are fine again, we’ll resume monthly meetings, and when that time comes we’ll let everyone know. We’re very much looking forward to it!

There will regular updates here, so watch this space.

Something lovely to sing for just over 20 seconds hand-washing time:

Hold me close and hold me fast
The magic spell you cast
This is la vie en rose

When you kiss me, heaven sighs
And though I close my eyes
I see la vie en rose

TEMPORARY MONTHLY MEETINGS VENUE!

Australia is having a very rough time of it this summer! We are in collective grief at the terrible pain across the country caused by bushfire.

We had a brief respite from heat recently. In a few places this took the form of damaging hail, and it just so happens that our monthly meeting venue has been one of the places affected. The roof is broken and so for the next few months we will be meeting at the Mount Waverley Bowling Club instead.

Mount Waverley Bowling Club

..is located on the corner of Alvie Road and Wadham Parade, Mount Waverley.

For navigational and parking details go to the monthly meetings page
A beautiful prize

Well our dear RSV has ended the rosy year with heaps of fun, laughter and the happy company of friends, at the final meeting.

It was a really joyful party. We had a glorious dinner with an extraordinarily delicious selection of edibles contributed by culinary geniuses. There was general hilarity during the raffle with much coveting of the great rosy prizes. Lots of giggles also with Jacinta’s overseeing the quiz with intense competition and limited attention paid to hints referencing, as usual, The Rose News, our members’ journal. All the Spring Rose Show victors were anointed and burdened, in suffering, with silver trophies. Helen was a friendly and approachable speaker. It’s always fun to peruse the trading table and marvel at the perfection of the roses on the show bench, which participants lovingly take the trouble to prepare and transport and display for all. Rosalie’s floral arrangement was glorious.

It’s amazing what devotion and fellowship can accomplish. Thank you so much for this lovely gathering, all who generously put in your time energy and resources.

The vibe gets happier all the time. We have lots of new members and they bring loads of joy to our society, carrying us forward into the future, which in any sense you like, looks rosy!

ROSEMONT OPEN DAY FUNDRAISING COUP

Last weekend, Maureen and Paul Lucas of Rowville had an open day in their famed garden ‘Rosemont’. This was clearly very well attended; $642 was raised and 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 this year. 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.

Vale Susan Irvine


In sight of her last bountiful Tasmanian spring, Susan Irvine died in the morning of 6 September, 2019.
            Susan was born in Dalby, Queensland, far from the scent of roses and the glory that is spring in a cold climate. She obtained a B.A. in German and philosophy at the University of Queensland and did her post graduate work at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
She taught in New South Wales and Tasmania before coming to Victoria, where she was head mistress of Lauriston Girls’ School from 1972 to 1982. She began work on the gardens at Bleak House in 1982. She was on the Council of Ornamental Plants Collections Association and was a member of the Rose Society.  She has written for the Age gardening page and the Australian Garden Journal. (Garden of a Thousand Roses—Making a Rose Garden in Australia)
Susan Irvine’s books, “Garden of a Thousand Roses”, ”A Hillside of Roses”, “Rose Gardens of Australia”, The Garden at Forest Hall” and Rosehips & Crabapples” all convey her great love for gardening and roses in her unique and winning style.
In the 1980s her growing passion for roses led her to establish the will-known gardens of Bleak House, Erinvale and in the 1990s the preservation of the historic house Forest Hall at Elizabeth Town, Tasmania. The renovation and extension of the garden at Forest Hall, is remembered with love, by all who knew Susan. ( Rosehips & Crabapples—A Rose-lover’s Diary)
In 1994 she was recipient of the Australian Rose Award for her work, in particular, in tracing and preserving lost roses of the distinguished Australian rose breeder, Alister Clark. She was also a Life Member of Heritage Roses in Australia and in 2006 was awarded their Deane Ross Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to the promotion and interest in and knowledge of Australia’s old roses.
A memorial Service to celebrate Susan’s life, was held at the C. T. Finney Centre, 34 Nunamina Ave, Kings Meadows, on Friday, 13th September 2019.

Tom Lyons

Susan was greatly admired among all members of the RSV. We have her excellent books in our library- they continue to provide much delight and inspiration, and with gratitude and fondness we will always remember her warmth and approachability as well as her knowledge and intelligence.

Here is a great blog post about Susan to prompt a smile in this sad time:

Wonderful thorns, great hips and baby elephants all in a row…

With joy: triple celebration

lifelong membership Elizabeth Clive.JPG

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. They are the people who are the constant gardeners, the ones always there at every event, taking care of things so that we all feel 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.

Wine-Lovers’ Alert

 

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.

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