Witness the Victoria State Rose Garden at its blooming best this November as the annual State Rose and Garden Show returns to Werribee Park.
Whether you are a certified green thumb or a gardening novice, there'll be something for everyone at the colour-filled weekend on November 11 and 12.
Across the weekend the gardens will transform into a kaleidoscope of colour as the spring sunshine lights up more than 5000 rose bushes and the manicured lawns play host to numerous garden exhibits, plant stalls, food trucks, and live music - making it a must-see event for visitors of all ages.
The Gardeners' Dome will host an line-up of gardening experts covering a broad range of topics including sustainable gardening and fermenting practices. Speakers include horticulturist and garden coach, Chloe Thomson, the charismatic Vasili Kanidiadis of Vasili's Garden, horticulturist Craig Castree, best-selling author and radio host AB Bishop and fermentation specialist The Fermented Mumma.
A Green Hub is a new interactive space which will shine a spotlight on sustainable living and gardening practices, with stalls from Craig Castree, Nature West, Wormlovers and Eat My Garden.
Free, hands-on and interactive workshops will be on offer at the All Green Workshops and Café. Highlights include flower crown and posey making workshops with Petal Pop; bee workshops with Holly's Backyard Bees; how to collect and store native seeds with Nature West; terrarium and kokedama workshops with Lady Jane Greenhouse; pot painting workshops with ceramicist Melissa Murphy-Vella; and a Little Sprouts Growing and Nature Play program for kids.
Vertical arts company, Sway Art, will entertain attendees from above with a series of gravity defying performances in the heart of the Garden. Expertly fusing circus and physical theatre, these colourful and energetic performances promise to be a hit with all ages.
A sea of wooden poppies which attendees can paint will be displayed on the lawn to commemorate Remembrance Day on the opening day of the event. On the Sunday, the poppies will be replaced by wooden roses which attendees can paint and take home with them.
A range of delicious sweet and savoury foods will be available including rose flavoured scones from the CWA. Timboon Fine Ice Cream will be serving up tasty rose flavoured ice, while The Prosecco Van will add a touch of sparkle. Add to the mix the chilled sounds of an acoustic set and attendees have all the essential ingredients for a leisurely picnic on the lush green lawns.
There will also be guided tours of the Victoria State Rose Garden, led by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers who tend and nurture the garden year-round.
Spread over six acres within the Werribee Park Precinct, the Victoria State Rose Garden is one of Victoria's best kept secrets. The Garden's 5000 roses are planted within a design set in the shape of the Tudor Rose. The roses will be at their most glorious, colourful best when the State Rose & Garden Show takes place.
Only a 30-minute drive from central Melbourne, the Victoria State Rose Garden is located within the Werribee Park Precinct. Home to the heritage listed Werribee Park & Mansion, the Refectory Parlour, the Werribee Open Range Zoo, Lancemore Mansion Hotel and boutique Shadowfax Winery - a visit to the State Rose & Garden show is perfectly paired with a weekend away exploring the wonders of Werribee and surrounds.
The show is free for all ages, but a gold coin donation is encouraged to assist volunteers with the garden's upkeep.
The garden is at Werribee Park, K Road, Werribee, Victoria.
For more information about what to do in the area go to visitwerribee.com.
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