Rose Society of Victoria

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

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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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