Co-Founder of Mornington Botanical Rose Gardens – Laurie Taylor receives Mayoral Commendation

Laurie Taylor was commended by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s Mayor Cr Anthony Marsh for his valuable contribution as co-founder of the Mornington Botanical Rose Gardens and the thousands of dedicated volunteer hours he has generously given over the past 20 years.

With the Rose Garden Committee and volunteers in attendance, Cr Despi O’Connor stepped in for the Mayor, Cr Anthony Marsh to present Laurie Taylor with his Mayoral commendation, at the end of year Christmas function held at the Rose Garden on the 14 December.

Guests heard about Laurie’s 20 year journey with co-Founder Don Gordon who’s tireless contribution has enabled the garden to grow which now boasts over 100 garden beds, 4000 varieties of roses and over 80 volunteers currently.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and the community are so grateful and appreciate Laurie’s dedication to our much-loved community asset.

On the same night, Scott and Gabrielle Gordon, the late Don Gordon’s son and daughter-in-law were awarded a special award by the volunteers of the garden in recognition of their 20 years of service to the garden. Scott has followed in the footsteps of his late father.

For anyone who visits the beautiful garden, it is a credit to the volunteers mentioned as well as the Committee and volunteers who work so hard to allow the rest of us to enjoy and ‘smell the roses’.

If you would like to become a volunteer at the garden, please call 0459 032 497 or email [email protected]

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10th Anniversary Celebrations a Full Success!

On November 12, 2018, the Mornington Botanical Rose Gardens (MBRG) celebrated its 10th Anniversary, with approximately 90 guests and dignitaries attending, including Councillor Rosie Clark, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Chris Crewther MP, Member for Dunkley, Del Matthews, Chairman of Morwell Centenary Rose Garden, Sandra Turner, President Victorian Rose Society and Joyce Chapman, wife of the late Bruce Chapman, breeder of “Mornington” rose.
A tree was planted outside the Don Gordon Room to celebrate 10 years of operation and Lifetime Awards were presented to Scott Gordon, Jill Hardy and Ron Fisher in recognition of their outstanding service as volunteers to the Rose Garden. Guests enjoyed all the formalities, followed by a lovely lunch in the Don Gordon Room.
A time capsule was put together by the 10th Anniversary Committee containing some rather interesting items, including crockery, items of clothing and many other unique memorabilia. The time capsule will be opened in 2028 at the 20th celebration of the Rose Garden.
Should you be interested in either attending one of the fabulous Rose Garden High Teas (held between October and April) or becoming one of the Rose Garden’s wonderful team of volunteers, please contact the Mornington Botanical Rose Gardens on 0459 032 497.

Welcome to the Mornington Botanical Rose Garden

Presentation held at the Garden Rotunda

Councillor Rosie Clark, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Chris Crewther MP, Member for Dunkley

Lifetime recipients - (L-R) Scott Gordon, Jill Hardy and Ron Fisher presented by Laurie Taylor

A special tree planting performed by Scott Gordon, Treasurer of the MBRG

Mornington Botanical Rose Garden
A Field of Colour

Laurie’s Shed

Opening of New Storage Facility

Volunteers at the Garden are celebrating the opening of their new storage facility, fondly named ‘Laurie’s Shed’.
Rose Gardens founding member, Laurie Taylor was the driving force behind the building of the facility, along with all volunteers working to raise funds toward the project. The well-designed building provides easy access to garden tools and equipment

Cr Bev Columb, Laurie Taylor and Jenny Mann from Bunnings.

Cr Bev Columb, Laurie Taylor and Local MP Chris Crewther. Cutting the ribbon.

The finished shed.

New Sculpture in Rose Garden

We now have a new sculpture in the Rose Garden by David Pontifex. Davids work has appeared in the Chelsea Flower Show and we are so lucky to be able to include his work within our Garden thanks to a generous anonymous donor.

Three trees 5The workers and interested bystanders admiring the work. Three trees 4

Special thanks to the all the Foreperson’s help


Photos by Linda Kemp.