About RSV meetings

We love our monthly meetings; being in a room with like-minded enthusiasts and experts. Here is a chance to get real, practical advice and instruction from experienced rosarians. Every possible topic of interest relating to rose husbandry and appreciation, is covered.

All that in a warm and light hearted atmosphere, and with a delicious supper.

At most meetings a mini rose show competition is held where members may practice their show bench skills and new members may learn how to exhibit roses and get on-the-spot advice from the experts.

Bring your roses and share their glory with all.

Although meetings are ‘members only’ events, visitors are very welcome to come along and dip a toe in the rosy water. Feel free to bring a friend.

For time, place, and other practical details, see below



 More dates and details are added as they are organised throughout the year.

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Saturday 11th of February 8pm

A ‘field trip’!A visit to the Victoria State Rose Garden, and lunch

A day of fun and beauty at the the Victoria State Rose Garden, surrounded by thousands of roses from the most ancient species roses to the newest-bred cultivars in the test beds. We will then adjourn to the Wyndham Cache in Werribee South for a well-earned feast together.

Details and bookings here

Tuesday 14th of March 8pm

Craig Castree – The Importance of Good Soil

There is a revolution in horticulture as new science shows us how to nurture and build microbiologically active and fertile soils instead of degrading them by overuse of mineral fertilisers and repeated destructive ploughing. Craig will explain the biology, and show members how to achieve rich, living soils in our own gardens.

This meeting will take place in the Craft Room at the Mount Waverley Community Centre


Tuesday 11th of April 8pm

Joel Barton – Felco

Joel will inform members with a demonstration of the range of pruning tools Felco offers rosarians and gardeners generally.

Felco supports the Rose Society of Victoria with donations of valuable prizes at our major rose shows each year, and the RSV is pleased to make this time to promote these quality products.

This meeting will take place in the Craft Room at the Mount Waverley Community Centre


Tuesday 9th of May 8pm

John Nieuwesteeg – Preparing Rootstock

Growing the right rootstock the right way is an essential step in the grafting process that is the gold standard in the rose-growing industry for vigour of cultivars whose breeding has been highly refined.

A fun project in which all members can participate, to prepare for grafting in December.

This meeting will take place in the Craft Room at the Mount Waverley Community Centre


Tuesday 13th of June 8pm

Jim Cane – Growing Roses As Far South As 43ᵒ Latitude

With 36 years’ experience as a trained horticulturalist in charge of 2,500 roses in the Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Jim is now dedicated to organic rose-growing.

This will be a zoom meeting.


Meeting ID: 832 480 5711


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Tuesday 11th of June 8pm

Kelvin and Melanie Trimper- Garden Zoom tour

Would you like a guided tour of the personal garden of a past president of the World Federation of Rose Societies (and numerous other accolades including the Order of Australia medal)?

Kelvin and Melanie have created a sensational garden comprising 2000 roses.

This will be a zoom meeting.


Meeting ID: 832 480 5711


Tuesday 8th of August 8pm

Annual General Meeting

It’s time to come and exercise your democratic powers to collectively decide on the administration of RSV matters.

For details, see the Winter edition of the Rose News or contact the secretary, Pamela Drake-Noden

This will be a physical meeting.


Tuesday 12th of September 8pm

Ian Banks-Smith – Showing Your Roses: All About Staging

Members, we keep encouraging everyone to join behind-the-scenes side of the fun and bring your roses- any roses in bloom- to the show to be entered in the competition.

Here is your chance to get the inside knowledge on how to present your roses to win- or at the very least to delight!

Your instructor is an experienced exhibitor and judge-in-training.

This will be a physical meeting.


…for future monthly meeting topics yet to be determined

Meetings- when and where


Please: if you experience any cold or flu-like symptoms, no matter how mild, please be kind and take care of your friends and colleagues by staying home.


2nd Tuesday of each month at 8 pm, unless otherwise advised.


Craft Room
Mount Waverley Community Centre
Corner of Stephensons Rd and Miller Crescent,
Mount Waverley

unless otherwise advised

There is ample parking on site