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49th Leongatha Rose Spectacular

The Leongatha Horticultural Society annual rose show is back! It has been two whole years, and organisers will be overjoyed to welcome everybody once again to see all the beautiful roses in this exceptional growing year. What a delightful day trip idea, if you are from out of town!


the weekend of 11-12 November 2022:

  • Saturday 12th November 12 – 5 p.m.


  • Sunday 13th November 10 – 4 p.m.


The Dakers Centre, 23 Smith St, Leongatha.


  • Adults $5
  • Children free


Entrants, bring your blooms to the Dakers Centre early;

  • Friday 11th November 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday 12th November 8 -10 a.m.

Stewards will be on hand to help you to stage your exhibits.

Photographic competition in the Adelaide Spring Rose Show October 2022

Ready. Steady. CLICK!

Announcing The National Rose Show Photographic Competition!

One of the many fun and fascinating activities in the October 2022 Adelaide Spring Rose Show, this Digital Photographic Competition will be held online and is open to all. Entries are now open, and can be uploaded from anywhere in the world.

A Message of condolence from the Governor on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

“On behalf of the people of Victoria, I extend my sincere condolences to His Majesty The King and to the Royal Family on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Majesty’s life was dedicated to service, including to Australia and to the Commonwealth, and will be remembered with deep affection.

During many visits to Victoria through the decades, The Queen touched the lives of countless Victorians from every walk of life. Victoria now joins the world in marking the end of a life devoted to duty. 

Throughout her reign, Queen Elizabeth II exemplified service and grace and inspired respect from people across the world. 

My husband Anthony and I will fondly remember Her Majesty. It has been my honour to serve as her representative in Victoria.” 

Adelaide International Rose and Garden Expo


Taking place this October in a Adelaide Convention Centre, an exciting new venue, the Rose and Garden Expo will feature

  • the National Rose Show, including the Australian Rose Championships
  • professional trade booths
  • spectacular floral displays
  • participation from amateur Garden Clubs
  • children’s activities with Nature Play SA
  • a floral fashion parade
  • a daily speaker program with celebrities, international, national and local experts every hour.

Adelaide Convention Centre

Friday 28 October (4pm – 9pm) and
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October (9am – 5pm)

$20.00 per person with children under 14 years free. Tickets will be available for purchase online from August. A link will be provided here when available.

Autumn Rose Show

Saturday 9th of April 2022

Download the Autumn Show Flyer

Mount Waverley Bowling Club,
    Corner Alvie Road and Wadham Parade, Mount Waverley
    Show schedules and further details available by contacting Andrew Cosstick
    Phone 0438 005 897
    Show open to the public from 11 am to 4.30pm.

2022 World Rose Convention in Adelaide

A date has been set for the World Rose Convention in Adelaide.

The World Federation of Rose Societies World Rose Convention will run from the 27th of October to the 3rd of November, 2022.

The World Federation of Rose Societies World Rose Convention takes place every three years, with more rose experts and rose-lovers per square inch than anywhere else on planet Earth for a week in the host city participating in lectures, social dinners, exhibitions, and award presentations. The last one, in 2018, was held in Copenhagen. After Adelaide, in 2025, will be Fukuyama.

It is wonderful that the convention is able to take place “in person” with participating Australian and international delegates meeting face-to-face. It will also be streamed live from the Adelaide Convention Centre. Rose-lovers will be able to register to view, online, the Opening Ceremony, the three-day Lecture Series, and the WFRS Gala Awards Dinner.

It is hoped that registration fees, and the final programme, will be available by December.

Registrations are to open on the 10th of January 2022.

To register interest and receive event updates, you can join the mailing list at

You may already be aware of the Patrick of Coonawarra World Rose Convention fundraiser wines.

There is also a rose, ‘Unconventional Lady’, released especially for our Aussie World Rose Convention with $2 for each one sold going to fund the event. 

Wine and roses; perhaps suitable Christmas gift ideas for friends or loved-ones?

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 well-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…