Member society of the National Rose Society of Australia

Author: RSV

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
    Email: [email protected]
    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…