THE VICTORIAN STATE ROSE GARDEN. WERRIBEE PARK
This map is drawn as a panoramic view, designed to illustrate its traditional formal structure, the Tudor Rose, the Leaf, the Bud and Heritage decorative border, all created to emphasize the many varieties of roses on show here. It shows you the many pathways you could take.
A walk in a rose garden is a journey of the senses, of the stunning colours and variegations, the exquisite forms and of course the fragrance. Rose gardens are unusual as they are designed to showcase one species the Rosacea. Most designs are formal. The central feature at Werribee is a Tudor rose. This motif originated in the 1450 at the end of the war of the roses and signifies unity.
THE TUDOR ROSE
The Tudor Rose is divided into five sections arranged symmetrically around a central gazebo. Between each petal runs a pathway called an Alle that begins with an arch of climbing roses and is lined with standard roses. On the outer edge of each petals is a living garland of rambling roses festooned along graceful long looping wires in a curve. Each petal contains formally laid out beds of Hybrid teas & Bush roses, arranged symmetrically. Tripods of climbing roses as well as weeping Standards of every colour are spread throughout the petals.
A pathway symbolizing a rose stem passes between two viewing mounds on its on its way to the later additions ‘the leaf” and a “the rosebud”.
THE FEDERATION LEAF
The Federation Leaf was planted to commemorate the Centenary of Federation of Australia. It contains beds of Australian roses bred over the period of Federation and also contains a beautiful small traditional gazebo.
The “rosebud” is planted with English Roses bred by David Austin.
THE HERITAGE BORDER
The Heritage Border was planted along the fence line between the Mansion. It about 450 metres long and contains over 500 varieties of beautiful and historic roses that guaranteed to have exceptional fragrance.
The Victoria State Rose Garden was officially opened in 1986 with a design by Mervyn Hayman Danker FRAIA and James Priestly.