There is no better place to stop and smell the roses than Victoria State Rose Garden.
Developed in stages from 1986 to 2001, over 5,000 rose bushes flourish in the 5 hectare garden and are all tended by volunteers. The main part of the garden is set out in the shape of a Tudor Rose, wide paths separate the five petals and a gazebo marks the centre.
We wandered amongst the blooms, boggled by the variety and colours.
Beyond the Tudor Rose, there is an area shaped as a leaf and one as a bud. The leaf celebrates horticultural achievements of Australian rose growers since 1900 and comprises 50 bushes especially bred for Australia’s sunny conditions.
The bud-shape highlights over 60 cultivars of David Austin roses.
A 400 metre long Heritage Rose Border contains 250 types of old and species roses.
The best time to see the roses is during the summer months but we weren’t disappointed with the splendour on offer in the middle of June.