When life is full of roses | Morwell Centenary Rose Garden

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden
If you want to want to have that Princess-like experience (ala Belle of Beauty and the Beast), you must visit this famous rose garden in Victoria.

Have you ever dreamed of having your own rose garden? 

Waking up in the morning and to be greeted by thousands of roses is such an amazing feeling. And who would hate roses? They might be intimidating with those bushy branches and thorns but let’s admit that their beauty is beyond poetry. 

Though I have roses in my front garden, nothing is more extravagant than Morwell’s Rose Garden.
I felt so excited that I got a chance to visit this local attraction while waiting for all the COVID restrictions to be over.

Located in Avondale Road, Morwell just about a 30-minutes drive from my residence in Warragul, this open rose garden is one of the best places that you must visit when in regional Victoria. 

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden has created thanks to many volunteers who have an undying passion for cultivating roses and gardening.




History of Morwell Rose Garden


Morwell Centenary Rose Garden

The Garden was established to celebrate the centenary of Morwell Shire/City in 1992 from a suggestion by Cr Martin Hill. A steering committee was formed and Barry Johnson, a former president of both the Victorian and Australian Rose Societies, was asked to assist the volunteers to create a beautiful rose garden. The Morwell City Council, which has since become part of the City of Latrobe, offered three locations for consideration, including the chosen site of the Norman Sharpe Reserve. This had been a cutting for the Morwell to Mirboo North railway line which had been closed.

Following ten months of hard work by volunteers and Office of Correction staff, along with generous support from local businesses, contractors, service clubs, Morwell Council, and The Rose Society of Victoria the garden was opened in November 1992.

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden

Currently, there are 2 hectares of gardens imaginatively landscaped with more than 100 beds in which are planted over 4000 roses, drawn from a professional selection of 400 varieties of recent hybrids and traditional favorites. Among these varieties are species, heritage, floribunda, tea roses, hybrid teas, miniatures, rugosas, climbers, the pillar, and rambling roses. There is also a cascading rockery of David Austin modern shrub roses and a sunken sensory garden planted with perfumed Delbard roses.

The garden features a number of significant structures that enhance and complement the roses. A central gazebo summer house, a pergola, tall decorative climbing frames, rose-covered towers, archways, and gravel pathways that meander throughout leading to a tubular arbor magnificently planted with pillar and bedding roses.

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden

Adjacent roadway median strips and traffic roundabouts contain mass plantings of a variety of roses. On the north side of the Garden, a pretty cottage garden has been established and, to provide additional color and interest throughout the year, plantings of spring bulbs, camellias, azaleas, annuals, and perennials have been made within the parklike setting of exotic and native trees.

Throughout the Garden, the roses display themselves in massed beds, fill the median strips, scramble up climbing frames, hang from arches and mix with cottage plants creating a haven for all who visit.





International Rose Garden Festival (virtual!)

Not even COVID-19 will stop the annual celebration of the stunning blooms of Morwell’s Centenary Rose Garden. Despite a change to the usual festival format, rose enthusiasts are still in for a treat.

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden

Marked your calendar because this weekend, November 14 to 15, 2020 - the 2020 International Rose Garden Festival Morwell has been re-imagined into a hybrid style event. Featuring a creative program, allowing visitors to navigate a 360-degree virtual map of the Rose Garden and click on events and activities of interest. Workshops, music, children’s entertainment, stalls, and garden talks will be run online as free, interactive events.

The festival falls during pollination week and all things bees and honey will be featured in talks, workshops, and activities. Gippsland food and wine producers, local musicians, and artists will be showcased and Australian Rosarians and overseas Rose Festival Directors will round out the program.

Visit the event's website for more details about this virtual festival!

Don’t forget to watch our video for a virtual tour!



Morwell Centenary Rose Garden

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden

Have you ever wonder how to grow your own roses? 

Just as with many other shrubs, roses can be grown from cuttings. It’s not a fast process – it may take a couple of years before your new plant produces flowers. But if you have a favourite rose, it can be fun to try. The cuttings need to be taken fresh from a healthy plant – don’t try to grow a new rose bush from the bunch of cut flowers you have sitting in a vase. And as roses bushes are pruned during winter, this is the most convenient time to take and pot up your rose cuttings.




Here is our step-by-step guide for how to grow roses from cuttings. 

How to propagate roses
1. Cut pieces of stem about 20 – 30cm long (remove flowers, if there are any)
2. Remove all leaves
3. Re-cut the bottom of the rose cutting, just below a node (the swelling on the stem, where the leaves emerge)
4. Remove the thorns on the bottom half of the rose
5. Dip the end of the rose cutting into a rooting hormone gel (or use honey if you don’t have any hormone gel)
6. Plant into a pot filled with propagating sand. Poke a hole in the sand first, so you don’t rub off the hormone gel, and then carefully firm the sand around the stem. Water gently. You can plant about 4 cuttings in a 200mm pot
7. Place the pot in a protected spot, with filtered light, and water sparingly. By late spring, the cuttings should be producing leaf shoots and roots and are ready to be planted in a sunny spot with well-draining soil.

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden

How to plant and care for roses

Aspect
Give roses a position in full sun and ensure the plants have good airflow. Avoid growing them near big shrubs and trees that will cause them to compete for light and nutrients.

Water
During the warm months, regular water is key. Avoid overhead watering to reduce the risk of diseases such as powdery mildew and black spot.

Fertilizer
They’re hungry plants, so feed them well. Use a slow-release fertilizer for roses and supplement with liquid feeding.

Pruning
Prune roses in winter, and deadhead for more blooms during the growing season.

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden

The Morwell Centenary Rose Garden is a source of immense pride and is promoted as an outstanding example of what a community can achieve with co-operation, hard work, and determination.

It is well utilized by the community for photographs, weddings, family reunions, remembrance ceremonies, and music recitals.

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden

The Morwell Centenary Rose Garden is free to the public and is open all year round with the best viewing from November to April. Open garden, 24-hour access.

There is no entrance fee, no parking fee, enjoy this beautiful garden stress-free. 

Just don’t pick the flowers, because that is considered disrespectful, and rude. 

If you are planning to visit Victoria, please stop by at Morwell and enjoy their beautiful rose garden.



Morwell Centenary Rose Garden
2 Avondale Road
Morwell, Victoria 3840 
Website: https://www.morwellrosegarden.com.au/




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38 comments :

  1. This is such a pretty garden to visit and I love all of the rose colours.

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  2. This rose garden is so pretty ! love that virtual tour!

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  3. hi
    Morwell’s Rose Garden looks amazing. I was impressed that it was created by volunteers pitching in. Speaks so much about the community as a whole

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    1. Yes, and that makes this whole garden beautiful because of the people.

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  4. How beautiful! I feel like I would be just overcome with so much happiness and joy if I were to visit!

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  5. Oh woah! I can't imagine there is a whole International Rose Garden Festival! That's so fascinating, I would have never imagined that. It's great that they are doing a virtual option for this event. I have also never thought about how to plant roses or even take care of them. Thanks for sharing that.

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    1. Roses are easy to propagate, but needs a lot of patience too! Thanks for visiting our blog :)

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  6. Oh it's gorgeous. It reminds me of exploring a rose garden in Florence, Italy one summer. Did it make you feel romantic?

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    1. Yes, this garden makes me feel so romantic. That garden in France is also in my travel dream list!

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  7. Wow what a vibrant and colorful garden scene and you took some great pictures with a nice sun and weather, thanks a lot for sharing with us! - Knycx Journeying

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  8. This is so beautiful and full of positive energy! I wish I could smell them - that must be just mindblowing! Very beautiful pictures, Blaire!

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    1. I could smell them even I'm wearing a mask! That's crazy!

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  9. This has to be the prettiest garden I have ever seen. I am in love with that gazebo!

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    1. This garden can hosts events, parties, and even weddings!

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  10. OMG how beautiful. My sister loves her flowers, she would be in heaven here!

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    1. These roses blooms from spring to summer, so it is a must to enjoy it while it last! After the season, volunteer gardeners will trimmed them off.

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  11. Oh wow. I wish I read your article yesterday. I would have loved to see it virtually.

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  12. That's so nice that they have rose garden that's free access to everyone. :) We all could use some time to stop and smell the roses here. :)

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  13. 1992. One year older than one of my children. :) Roses are my fave.

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  14. Wonderful pictures and colors, thanks for bringing us to centenary of Morwell Shire and show us these beautiful roses, the color variation is enchanting. - Knycx Journeying

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    1. I am amazed on many local volunteers who manage and maintained this beauty!

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  15. Such an absolutely stunning rose garden! Literally rose garden of dreams! the gazebo is like straight from a fairy tale.

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  16. I love the roses. An aerial view next time would be great.

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  17. I hope I can attend the International Rose Garden Festival! I hope to see this garden when I go back to Australia!

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    1. Yes, it is open all-year round, but the blooming season is during Spring til Summer!

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  18. What a stunning place to visit. It reminds me of the NY Botanical gardens only with one variety of flora.
    Elizabeth O

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  19. Wow, I think I want to propagate roses up here, too. I only have veggies, but this looks great!

    I was wondering since you mentioned it's in Victoria...is it near Geelong? I was supposed to be there in September this year for work purposes (well, it's really just to visit my bosses and spend time with them in person), but oh well, the Pandemic.

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    1. Geelong is also in Victoria, but quite far to Morwell (Gippsland area), approximately 3 hours drive. Geelong is also a beautiful town, we visited last July before we moved into our current residence in Warragul. You will enjoy Geelong!

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