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State Rose and Garden Show

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  1. People wander through a colourful rose garden on a sunny day.
    Photograph: Shawn Smits
  2. A woman and small boy look closely at some pink roses.
    Photograph: Shawn Smits
  3. A rose garden with umbrellas, wine barrels and people wandering around.
    Photograph: Shawn Smits

Time Out says

The annual flower festival returns with a colour-filled weekend of 5,000 roses in full bloom

Whether you’re a certified green thumb or gardening novice (or just someone who likes flowers, food trucks and free-flowing prosecco), there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the State Rose and Garden Show.

This two-day celebration of all things floral kicks off on November 11 at Werribee Park, with the manicured lawns playing host to gardening exhibits, plant stalls, free guided tours, workshops, live music and a sea of more than 5,000 roses — in a free to enter event. 

An impressive line-up of horticulturists and garden experts has been confirmed, with the likes of Chloe Thomson, Vasili Kanidiadis, AB Bishop, and Craig Castree set to hit the stage to provide advice on topics from sustainable gardening to fermenting practices. You'll learn all about how to make the most of your garden, no matter how big or small it may be.

Other highlights will include a sea of wooden poppies, which attendees can paint, will be displayed on the lawn to commemorate Remembrance Day on the first day of the event, and then will be replaced by wooden roses which attendees can paint and take home with them on day two. Plus, there will be a series of free, hands-on workshops covering everything from terrariums and flower crowns to beekeeping and pot painting. There’s even a special program for the kids – the Little Sprouts Growing and Nature Play will keep the little ones more than entertained. 

And there’s no chance of going hungry or thirsty, either. A smorgasbord of sweet and savoury options will be available — including rose flavoured scones from the CWA and tasty rose flavoured ice from Timboon Fine Ice Cream, as well as sparkling wine from The Prosecco Van. You can enjoy your treats while you relax lush lawns listening to acoustic live music. 

The show will take place on November 11 and 12 at Werribee Park. Entry is free, but you’re encouraged to make a gold coin donation to assist the Victorian State Rose Garden supporters with the upkeep of the garden. For more information, head to the website.

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Leah Glynn
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Leah Glynn


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