The weather forecast promised rain, hail, arctic winds, a top temperature of just 12°C(with a wind chill factor bought it down to a chilly 7°C!), very little sunshine, and for once it was indeed accurate!
Nonetheless, in excess of 50 very brave volunteers attended each day. There were even 30 members of the public who braved the elements for the pruning demonstrations! Our true dedication to our roses!
Very generous volunteers provided amazing food in huge quantities and no-one went home hungry. The soups, sandwiches, cakes and slices, scones, fruit platters, herb breads, as well as the hot food were all very welcomed by the hungry hordes coming in out of the cold at each break.
In spite of all, it was a very successful weekend all round. A huge thank you to all who contributed one way or another. Let’s hope the weather next year will be kinder!
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
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.
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.
The workers and interested bystanders admiring the work.