After a two-year hiatus, the 8th annual State Rose & Garden Show is coming back to Werribee Park. This two-day festival for the senses will feature over 5000 blooming roses. There will also be colourful floral features, leading gardening personalities, stalls, food trucks, live music and more. The State Rose & Garden Show will return on Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11.
State Rose & Garden Show
Whether you’re a talented green thumb or you just like looking at pretty things, this free event is the perfect day out for all ages. Wander through the event, and feel amazed by all the bright colours of 5000 gorgeous roses. New to the event this year will be stunning, floral installations that’s perfect for your Instagram feed. These installations will be created by the talented Rebecca Noble from LLB Florals and Kayla Moon from XX FLOS.
During the event, you’ll be able to take a guided tour of the Victoria State Rose Garden. This tour will be led by the volunteers who tend to the garden all year round. There will also be tours of the Werribee Park gardens with Parks Victoria Rangers.
While you explore the show, there will be classical string instruments and a live acoustic set to create a wonderful musical backdrop.
Children will also have fun at the new All Green Children’s Garden. In this sensory space, kids will have fun playing and exploring, with sandpits and buckets and spades to take home.
Of course, there will be plenty of delicious things for you to eat. Try a chocolate and rose petal cannoli from The Cannoleria, rose flavoured ice cream from Timboon Fine Ice Cream and Get Scooped, and enjoy a glass of sparking from the Prosecco Van. If you want to take things up a notch, pre-order an indulgent High Tea Picnic from The Refectory Parlour at Werribee Park Mansion.
This event will have a huge focus on sustainable gardening practices. This will be supported by the massive line-up of gardening experts, who will provide advice on stage about how to grow, how to sow, and when to do it. Whether your garden is big or small, you’ll find some handy information that will help your creativity and skill bloom.
- Melissa King, television gardening presenter
- Vasili Kanidiadis of Vasili’s Garden
- Millie Ross, author of ‘The Thrifty Gardener’ Millie Ross
- Craig Castree, horticulturist
- Rebecca Noble, florist and Dish the Dirt podcaster
- Kat Lavers, permaculture queen
- AB Bishop, a native garden specialist
There will be free hands-on workshops, with activities like posy making, seedling planting, veggie growing and learning how to paint roses.
Browse through plenty of stalls, with products like pots, gardening tools, sun hats, roses, indoor plants and more.
The State Rose & Garden Show is free to attend, but gold coin donations are encouraged to help with the upkeep of the garden.