Rose Society of Victoria

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

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The Spring Rose Show is THE premiere rose-lovers' event in Victoria. This year, 2017, it will be even more special; the RSV have the honour of hosting the AUSTRALIAN ROSE CHAMPIONSHIPS.

Programme of events and registration form


National Rose Show Speakers

Download and print the above programme of 'National Rose Show Speakers' to get a free ticket with your Adult ticket purchase: TWO TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. Bring a friend!


The AUSTRALIAN ROSE CHAMPIONSHIPS is the most important rose exhibition nationally each year. Exhibitors in the competitions will, as well as from around Victoria, be from interstate, from as far away as Queensland and Western Australia.

As well as all the usual Spring Rose Show attractions, there will be a host of special outings including tours to the most beautiful public rose gardens in our region. These are open to one and all. Here is a programme of events and registration form.

You don't have to be a Rose Society member to exhibit your roses in the Spring Rose Show. ANYONE CAN EXHIBIT!

Even if you've never exhibited before and even if you have no idea what the roses in your garden are even called, and whether you have just one rose in your garden or loads of bunches, do bring them along and add them to the spectacle. There are plenty of classes especially for newbies where you won't have to compete against the lifetime winners whose vast mansions have special rooms with cabinets for all their many prizes.

You'll probably have questions and want to connect with a real human by phone about this. You can call Veronica or Beth. Their phone numbers are in the Schedule. Just be sure to get in touch and lock in your spot! We'll look forward to seeing you there!


Each year, the RSV Spring Rose Show usually falls about a week into November.

The 2017 National Rose Show and Championships is on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of November.

Saturday 11th November 2017 - 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Sunday 12th November 2017 – 1
0.00 am to 4.30 pm


The venue is the Community Centre complex on the corner of Stephensons Rd and Miller Crescent in Mt Waverley, just next to the train station.

There is a good sized carpark at the venue, as well as parking in and around the station and the parallel street. MAP

Rose Show Location

The Saturday morning before the show opens is very eventful!

From 5 am, helpers start setting up the hall, which is open at 6 am for competitors to begin to set up their exhibits with all precision possible within a very limited timeframe- competition at the highest level involves a lot of attention to detail.

By 11.15 am sharp all exhibits are in place, and at 11.30 the judges, in strict secluson, get busy selecting the best of the best. They take great care in this task, which is not a simple one given the broad array or rose classes, and the several levels from novice to Championship.

By the time the doors open at 1 pm, the judging is complete and all is ready for everyone to come in and see which are the winning exhibits.

What's on at the Spring Rose Show...

  • Thousands of the most beautiful and fragrant roses.

  • Speaker Programme

  • Floral Art Exhibition and competition.

  • Consultant Rosarians

  • Members Table

  • Raffles

  • Trading Tables

  • Nurseries

  • Devonshire Teas:

  • Bunches of roses

Great Hall main rose exhibition.

Thousands of roses and their marvellous collective scent. Rosarians- from the passionate and with years of experience to first-timers- from nearby and interstate, clash blooms in a gladiatorial contest for the Championship prize and a host of other awards in range of categories. All members are welcome to bring blooms along and exhibit them for competition. If you are new to rose exhibiting there is an encouraging novice section, and there will be non-competitive displays as well. These could be entered by anyone- anyone who has a rose bush growing in their garden, experienced or not. Just bring whatever roses happen to be blooming, and contribute to the total effect, which will be heavenly.

Drop us a line and we'll do our best to help you concerning rose exhibiting and the Spring Rose Show in general.

Speaker Programme

Over the two days there are lectures on a variety of interesting topics. The programme has now been set. Click the heading link to see the details.

Floral Art Exhibition and competition.

Competing for the grand prize are spectacular and beautiful botanical arrangements.

Consultant Rosarians

Experts are available for freely shared advice and inspiration on rose choosing and growing.

Membership Table

We are in the central foyer where you can easily find us. There is the opportunity to ask members about their experience in Rose Society, and to join if you wish. The spring rose show is a great place to meet members, get a sense of the general vibe and find out all about the regular events and learning experiences that take place at meetings when we get together.


Tickets are inexpensive and the prizes are of high quality. Past prizes have included art works, Felco Garden tools [renowned as the Rolls Royce of garden gear], sacks of specialist fertilisers, and rose plants.


In the East Hall are local rose growers with some of the best loved and/or rare roses for sale, including old garden roses.

Devonshire Teas

Opulent jam and cream scones and delicious sandwiches. You can overdose on beauty, then head into the tearoom to flop down, debrief and recharge.

Bunches of roses to take home

Beautiful and affordable bunches of roses from the exhibition are available for purchase on Sunday after 4:00pm.

Trading Tables

All the yummy and enticing goodies that you often find at fêtes: art works, gifts, vases, garden gear, home preserves, handcrafts and other wonderful miscellany. There is a stall is run by the Salvia Study Group, for those interested in these useful and pretty perennials. Often there are collectible home propagated plants at op shop prices.

~A select list of vendors (under development).~


Adults $5, Concession $4, Children under 12 free

Download and print the speaker programme to get a free ticket with your Adult ticket purchase: TWO TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. Bring a friend!


Carl Ellefsen 0457 097 162

Veronica O’Brien (03) 9742 4291

We hope to see you soon at the Spring Rose Show!