Rose Time in Gippsland


It’s a big anniversary year for the Leongatha Rose Spectacular which started out 45 years ago as an event to raise money for the, then, Institute for the Blind.

While there is no total tally of funds raised, over the past decade annual donations to Vision Australia have averaged more than $3000. About a thousand people in Gippsland receive various levels of support and services from VA. A recent new look for the show has been an annual Feature Rose. This year the fourth feature rose is Countrywoman, dedicated to the Victorian Country Women’s Association for their 50th anniversary in 1978. A fragrant pale yellow, large flowered bush rose, Countrywoman resembles the famous ‘Peace’, one of its forebears. Countrywoman comes with an interesting story, involving George Dawson, one of Australia’s most prolific amateur breeders.

The story will be illustrated at the show, along with displays from the Morwell Rose Garden, a collection of miniatures and the annual competition of floral arrangements from, usually, about 15 community groups. Not to forget hundreds of brilliant, perfumed roses and other entries in the competitions! The show also includes refreshments provided by the Leongatha Red Cross Auxiliary, a plant stall and an open garden. This year’s garden is the wonderful Glenbar, home of Glenys and Barry Patterson who generously open it in support of numerous charities. Situated on a hill within the town, Glenbar has a wonderful, varied collection of trees, shrubs and roses, with meandering paths, great mixed borders and some beautiful views.

Cost of entry to the Leongatha Rose Spectacular at Memorial Hall is $5 and to Glenbar $5.

For more details phone Josie 5657 3292, Sandra 0423 823 240, or go to the website: