Rose Society of Victoria

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

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Coming up next, starting on Saturday 6 April is this, one of our two major events for the year. It's the Spring show that has the official competition. This Autumn exhibition showcases the beauty of the Autumn flushes of blooms among the cornucopia of botanical treasures that is Gardenworld. You can wander through and enjoy both, and then have lunch or light refreshments at the cafe if you so desire. The Autumn Spectacular has one attraction the Spring Show lacks however; just as winter pruning time is approaching, free pruning demonsrations are offered. Some swear by chainsaws and hedgetrimmers, others finess their ruse bushes stem by stem with precision vintners' shears. To find out what really works from our most experienced rosarians, come along to the Autumn Spectacular.

Check the Autumn Rose Spectacular page to find out more.

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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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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" [] 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. []

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." []

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)