Rose Society of Victoria

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

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Pruning demonstrations are carried out by members of The Rose Society of Victoria during the winter months at many nurseries. Please enquire at your local nursery to see if they have organized one.

Demonstrations usually take around 1 hour and there is ample time to ask questions.

Demonstrators also explain how to plant bare root roses, what sprays to use and when, fertilising and general care of your roses.

Our demonstrators are experienced rose growers and will also advise on types of roses to plant for different purposes.

This page will be updated as new dates are arranged.

Date Session Times Venue Melway/UBD
Saturday
June 1

11 am

1.30 pm

Gardenworld
810 Springvale Road, Keysborough
Ph: 9798 8095

Melway 88 H11
UBD 377 H17
Saturday
June 1

11 am

1 pm

Treloar Roses
216 Princes Highway
Portland
Ph: 5529 2367

Saturday
June 29

11 am

1.30 pm

Victoria State Rose Garden
K Road
Werribee
Melway 201 C4
UBD 337 B7
Saturday
June 29

11 am

2 pm

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden
Commercial Road, Morwell
Ph: 1800 621 409

Sunday
June 30
11 am

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden
Commercial Road, Morwell
Ph: 1800 621 409

Saturday
July 6

11 am

1.30 pm

Gardenworld
Springvale Road, Keysborough
Ph: 9798 8095

Melway 88 H11
UBD 377 H17
Saturday
July 13

11 am

2.00 pm

Bring secateurs

Mornington Rose Garden
Cnr. Mornington -Tyabb Road and Dunns Road, Mornington
Ph: 0459 032 497

Melway 145 G3

UBD 465 K1

Sunday
July 14

11 am

Bring secateurs

Mornington Rose Garden
Cnr. Mornington -Tyabb Road and Dunns Road, Mornington
Ph: 0459 032 497

Melway 145 G3

UBD 465 K1

Saturday

July 27

1.30pm

Town and Country Gardens
1311 High Street, Malvern
Ph. 9822 3305

Saturday
July 20

11 am

1.30 pm

Bring secateurs

Wilson Botanic Gardens
Princes Highway, Berwick
Ph: 9707 5818

Melway 111 A7
UBD 391 M6
Sunday
July 21
11 am

Keith Styles Municipal Gardens
Cnr. Mentone Parade and Venice Street, Mentone
Ph: Debbie Murray 0419 411 995

Melway 87 A7
UBD 375 N9
Saturday
July 27

11 am

2.00 pm

Bring secateurs

Mill Park Garden Club
Parks Victoria
Plenty Gorge Park, Hawkstowe Picnic Area, 40 Gordons Road, South Morang
Ph: 9404 1554 or 0432 049 031 Chris

Melway 183 J8
UBD 199 L13

Dates will also be loaded each week on to our Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of the nurseries.


Pruning is a very important part of rose care, for without correct pruning, over time the plant's flowering capacity will diminish. As there are different types of rose bushes (e.g climbing, bush, standard, miniatures and once flowering and repeat flowering), the different pruning techniques for each type need to be explained to get the most flowers, and to reduce disease.

If you have repeat flowering roses, try not to winter prune them before July in most areas, before the oldest part of winter, as they may begin to shoot and all new growth may be lost if a frost then occurs.

Some once flowering climbers flower on last year's growth so don't cut those long canes that seem to be in the way, but rather move the plant if it is too big. Cutting the canes may stop it from flowering. Only old canes that have diminished in flowering capability should be removed, bearing in mind that most climbers rarely flower much in their first year and only reach their full potential after about their third year. The yellow and white Banksia rose is an example of a once flowering climber, so if you cut it back in winter you will remove all the flowers that are to bloom in the spring, and the flowers will not come again until spring the following year!

Cut once flowering roses back straight after they flower about December.

Come along to the pruning demonstrations to find out more, and bring a note pad to write down any questions you may have. You could also bring along a digital photograph of your rose to show the demonstrator. We will be happy to try and answer your rose growing queries.


You will also be able to purchase the Society's 2 excellent reference books which cost $7 each (2 for $12.00) and are written for the home gardener for local growing conditions.
'Planting & Pruning'

'Tender Loving Care'


Membership forms will be available to join the Society.
We look forward to meeting you there!


We have found an excellent video clip on Pruning & Controlling a Climbing Rose and have asked Paul Zimmerman from Ashdown Roses in America for permission to use his clip.

Pruning & Controlling a Climbing Rose



On the Ashdown Roses YouTube page there are also some other excellent video clips on training and growing roses.

For any queries, please contact Jacinta Burke Email: jacinta02@optusnet.com.au