Mornington Botanical Rose Garden
Incorporating a Heritage Rose Garden –
Planted by the Mornington Peninsula Heritage Rose Group in 2013, and completed in 2014
“Found or Recovered Roses” These roses are a small selection of roses that have been rescued from old farms, gardens, cemeteries and nurseries around Australia but have not been identified. They have been given “Study names” and were propagated from the David Ruston National Rose Collection in Renmark but are not commercially available.
With the meeting room on your right, start with the rose behind the rock closest to the meeting room and work in a clockwise direction. Due to the loss of some roses during Covid and replacements being made, the numbers are no longer sequential.
Rose Bed No Heritage 93
36. “Von Doussa Children” – Collected in the Adelaide Hills. Gertrude Jekyll?
37. “Ebenezer Button–Eyed” – HP. Collected Barossa Valley. Greg Lowery suggested it may be Caroline de Sansal
39 “Ann Weld” – Collected Adelaide Hills. Now considered a modern. Photographed incorrectly as “Octavus Weld” in Botanica’s Roses
41 “Old Anlaby” – HP. “ Collected mid-north SA. Labelled incorrectly as Mrs. John Laing
40 “Bernice Mitchell”. Polyantha Found rose. Lilac,pink moderate fragrance. Very double
Clustered flowers, prolific, continuous blooms. Found in NSW garden.
42. “ Miels Children” – Collected Adelaide Hills. Similar to Sydonie
38. “L’Abondance. “ Hybrid Perpetual, E Verdlet, 1864. Red. Medium bloom
52. And 60. “Bird Children Pink” Tea. occurred in Jane Zammit’s nursery
43. “ Shalice” – HP or Portland. Collected Sth Gippsland
56. “Grandma Pfeiler “ discovered by Pat Toolan in Adelaide Hills. red/ deep pink up to 75 cm. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.on the family property it has always been known as Gma Pfeiler’s rose and she died in 1909!
50. “Mrs David McKee. “Light yellow/ white Hybrid Tea. Strong fragrance. Full 27 -40
Petals in cupped form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. 200 cm. Bred by
Alexander Dickson.. 1857-1949. Introduced into Australia by Henry Sewell ..
Paynewell Nurseries in 1906. Similar to “CW Ellis”
40. “ Bernice Mitchell”.. as above.
45. “Prospect Hill China”
41 “Old Anlaby” – HP. Collected mid-north SA. Labelled incorrectly as Mrs. John Laing.
44. “Miss Curry” – HP. Collected South Gippsland
45. “Murray’s Arcadia” Climber.. Australian bred by Murray Pile
46 .“Peace’s Best” – Collected near Geelong. Possibly a gallica. Spring Flowering. Will thicket locally but not travel. Makes large fountaining shrub.
47. “Mylor Primary” – HP, mauve-pink, tall.
48. “Crafers Pink” /syn “Proeve’s Pink” – collected Adelaide Hills. Large fountaining shrub. Spring flowering only.
49 .“Gomersal” – Damask perpetual. Collected Barossa valley. Common cemetery rose
Across Centre of bed- left to right
51. “Almerta Orchard Pink”- smaller growing. Centre right.. we think
59. “Murray’s Arcadia” Seedling of Renae. Strong climber.Almost thornless.masses of small
white flowers. Planted to climb up dead tree..
60. “Bird Children Pink” Tea rose. Occurred in Jane Zammit’s nursery.
61. “George Whatson”. Found Tea. Light to mid pink. Very double, born mostly solitary, cupped form.
62. “Hamilton Rose”. Found near the doorstep of a very old house in Hamilton Tasmania. Polyantha. Small clusters of little white flowers. Tiny red hips
Roses in Bed No. Heritage 94 _- at far end of Meeting Room known as China Rose Bed
From top of bed.
We are currently looking for replacement China roses post Covid.
53. Spray Cecile Brunner. – Thomas, USA. 1920, China/floribunda/polyantha.. Salmon pink. Sylvia (hybrid wichurana,Paul,1911) x Dorothy Page Roberts
54. Serratipetala ( sold as) – Found China rose. Crimson. 60- 120cm
55 Hermosa x 2 – Marchesseau, 1832. 1.1m- mid pink
57. Gloire de jRosomanes 1.2 m -Single bright pink
59. Duke of York – China Rose. William Paul, 1893. Deep pink/white, large double blooms. 60-100cm.
60. Old Blush – Also known as Parson’s Pink. Derived from rosa chinensis and is generally accepted as the first east Asian rose to reach Europe- 1752/53. Amazed Europeans as it was the first rose they had seen to repeat bloom. The Chinas and the Teas became the foundation for breeding many new classes of roses. Blooms thoughout the season. Pink 1.8m.
Bed No Heritage 94 -_ continues along the left of the Meeting Room steps when facing steps- Australian Bred (except for Mme Hardy) From left to right.
25 Carabella – Floribunda. Reithmueller. Australia 1960. Almost thornless. 150 cm x 1 m
31 Mme Hardy – near corner. Bred France 1831 by Julien-Alexandre Hardy. White alba. Spring flowering. 2m.
32 Springsong – Polyantha. Reithmueller , 1954. Carmine pink, semi double. Seedling of Otto Linne.
24. Lorraine Lee x 3 – Alister Clark -1923. Jessie Clark (GIG) 1915 x Capitaine Millet(T) 1901. Classified as a tea rose, not a hybrid tea. Coral. 2m x 1.5m.
Bed No Heritage 95
Bed to Right of Meeting Room steps- when facing steps. – Australian Bred Roses (except for Mme Hardy) From left to right
24 Lorraine Lee x 5 – Alister Clark -1923. Jessie Clark (GIG) 1915 x Capitaine Millet(T) 1901. Classified as a tea rose, not a hybrid tea. Coral. 2m x 1.5m.
25. Carabella – Floribunda. Reithmueller. Australia 1960. Almost thornless. 150 cm
26. “Babe”. Australian bred polyantha
27. “ Melbourne Town” – Bred by Bruce Chapman. Vic 2002. HT. Kardinal85 x St Patrick. Pink blend
28. The Allies.. missing..
29. Beauty of Glenhurst – Australian bred China . 1990’s – seedling of Parson’s Pink. Raised 1979. Morley, SA. 1983
30. Acervate – Australian bred polyantha 1934, Miers. Queensland. Pinkish/lavender.
31 Mme Hardy – Bred France 1831 by Julien-Alexandre Hardy. White alba. Spring flowering. 2m x 1
32. Tarrawarra – Australian bred polyantha 1990’s. Bred by Nieuwesteeg. Vic, 1991 Seedling of Rosa multiflora -Nana
Bed No. Heritage 96. Crescent shaped bed on the left of the disabled access ramp
Rare Tea Roses – but still commercially available from specialist nurseries
From left to right
- Princess de Sagan – sold commercially as this but possibly Professeur Ganiviat. Definitely not the original Princess de Sagan 1890. Very tall. 2m x2m. Small pointy buds. Good cut flower.
- Lady Hillingdon – Papa Gontier.( T )1882 x Mme Hoste( T)- 1887. Lowe & Shawyer, UK, 1910. Golden Yellow- 2m x2m. David Ruston’s favourite rose. NB now moved to opposite side of the pathway to access more sun
- Mme de Tartas – sold commercially as this. Found by John Nieuwesteeg in Alexandra. Same as ”Isabel Smith” which is at Rookwood Cemetery. Tall and wide as it is high.
- Marie van Houtte – Mme Tartas.T. 1859 x Mme Falcot T. 1858. Ducher, France, 1871 Cream/pink/carmine. Very big. Over 2m x2m.
- Alexander Hill Gray– A Dickson, Northern Ireland, 1911 Pale yellow. 1.50m x 1m
- Raubritter – (Hybrid macrantha-bred from species- not a tea rose) Kordes rose 1936. Pink, globular, fragrant. Planted to tumble down over the bank. Spring flowering.
- Anna Olivier – Ducher, France,1872. Apricot. 2m x 1m
- Rubens – Robert & Moreau, France,1859. Parentage unknown. White/cream/pink. Vigorous growth, tall and open. Many branches thornless
- Rose sold as Amelia Anderson – as yet not identified. Comes from Bishops Lodge, Hay. Cream/pink/apricot.
- Marie Lambert. Snowflake (tea, Elie Lambert .1886white. Moderate fragrance. Prune lightly or not at all
- Comtesse de Labarthe – Bernede, France. 1857. Parentage unknown Widely known and sold as Duchess de Brabant . Pink tall dense bush.
- William R Smith – Maman Cochet (T)1892 x Mme Hoste (T) 1887.Bagg. USA. 1908 greenish/yellow/pink. 2m x 1.5m
- White Maman Cochet – Sport of Maman Cochet(T) 1892. 2m x2m.
- Mme Antoine Marie– Mari/Jupeau, France 1901. Parentage unknown. Pale cream to soft pink.vigorous, grows wider than high. Can be successfully grown in a pot.
- Rose sold as Papillon – Identity unclear. (Possibly the same as Mrs Heggie’s red tea) it gets enormous! 2m x 1m. pink /blend.
- Mrs Foley Hobbs – A. Dickson, Northern Ireland. Lime/ white /pale pink 2m x2m
Bed No. Heritage 97.
Bed on the right hand side of disabled access path.
All rare Tea Roses – but still commercially available. From left to right
17. Safrano – Seedling of Parks Yellow Tea-Scented China. Beauregard,France. 1839. Pale apricot and yellow. Tall vigorous growth
18. General Gallieni – Souvenir de Therese Levet (T) 1882 x Reine Emma des pays-Bas (T) 1879.G. Nabonnand, France,1899. Crimson/ salmon. 2m x2m
19. Monsieur Tillier – Bernaix, France, 1891. Also sold as Archiduc Joseph . Tall 2m x2m.
20. Souvenir de Pierre Notting -.Marechal Niel (TN x Maman Cochet (T). Soupert & Notting. Luxembourg. 1902 Yellow. Tall and branching.
21. Rosette Delizy – General Gallieni (T) x Comtesse Bardi (T). P. Nabonnand, France, Red/ golden yellow. 1.5 x 1.5 m
22. Etoile de Lyon – Seedling of Mme Charles (T). 1864. Guillot fils. France 1881. Cream/Yellow.
23. Hugo Roller – Paul. UK 1907.Various Australian sources. Sometimes sold as ”Penelope Tea”. Yellow/ carmine to dark red.
57. Devoniensis Tea. George Foster (1838).White, yellow center. Strong, tea fragrance. Large, full (26-40 petals), cluster-flowered, cupped, globular bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Height of 32″ to 6′ 7″ (80 to 200 cm). Width of 2′ to 6′ 7″ (60 to 200 cm).
Rose in bed No H98… with three rocks
35. Omneiensis Pteracantha -Species. White single 4 petal rose. Stunning red hooked thorns.. Spring flowering. Flower sometimes called the Maltese Cross
Rose on Living Tree
34. Jindabyne climber
38. 2 x Rosa de la Grifferaie. Found rose in Gippsland Spring flowering, musk pink, double blooms with delicious perfume. Planted to grow along the fence behind the Mornington Rose at entrance to the garden
. Rose on side fence. . 58. “Hawthorndene” – Rambler. Collected Adelaide Hills. Possibly Paul Ploton Barbier 1903. Mauvey/ pink
Tea Roses –Old roses for Warm Gardens. Lynne Chapman, Noelene Drage, Di Durston, Jenny Jones, Hillary Merrifield, Billy West. Rosenberg. 2008.Australia
Catalogue Tea-Noisette – China Collection at Ruston’s Roses: Commenced 2007. March 2013 list.
The Chinas and the Teas became the foundation for breeding many new classes of roses.
(T) = Tea rose
HP = Hybrid Perpetual
GIG = Gigantea
Heritage Rose enthusiasts worldwide have inspired the resurrection of these roses .