"From little things big things grow"
A Fascination with
Old Roses & Their History
The Perth Region is a branch of Heritage Roses in Australia, a national organisation that is represented in New South Wales, Queensland, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and WA with a National Executive that represents these regions.
Heritage Roses in Australia began with an informal structure of people who were fascinated with old roses that had survived in the gardens of our early settlers or brought to Australia by enterprising nurserymen from the UK, France or Europe to fill the gardens with memories of “home”. Some of these old roses we find today, growing in abandoned farms, cemeteries and roadsides.
The precursor to establishing the Perth Region of Heritage Roses in Australia was the development of a formal structure that saw Heritage Roses in Australia become an incorporated body with an overarching Constitution. The National Executive of HRiA met in New Zealand in November 1990. David Ruston and Dean Ross spoke to Noelene Drage to discuss the formation of the Perth group (Minutes 1991) – the South West was already operating as a Regional Committee under Ruth Hoskins.
In February 1991, Rose Marsh was Coordinator of Western Australia, Lea Newing and Jamie Kronborg Coordinator of the Tambellup Area, and Noelene Drage Coordinator of Perth Area (see below for their stories).
The first Annual General Meeting of the Perth Region was held on 21st April 1991 at the home of Carol Mansfield. Noelene Drage chaired it with Carol Mansfield. Present at the inaugural AGM were Lea Newing, Iris Leggatt, Lynne Chapman. Glenda Pearson, Lyn Williams, Barbara Gunther, Halina Lawrence, Elizabeth Dixon, Margaret and Tony Evans, Alice and Ron Ward, Janette and George Langley, and Peter Neville.
Perth Region Early Founders
Committee, Perth Region of Heritage Roses in Australia
Meetings, Events, Guest Speakers
Perth Region of Heritage Roses in Australia meet monthly at Falls Farm, Cagney Way Lesmurdie. Members are informed of the meetings and the Agenda by email.
Our Library is open half an hour before the start of each meeting, as well as after the meetings. There are a varied supply of books on heritage roses and other related topics. A list of the books with authors' names is on the door of the cupboard for quick reference. Books are limited to 2 books at the time of borrowing. Books must be returned at the following meeting.
Guest Speaker Programme
From time to time we invite Speakers to talk about topics of interest to our members. Our Guest Speaker days are open to the public. Visit our EVENTS page to find out what is coming up.
Throughout the year we have fundraising events and free info days. You will find what is coming up on the EVENTS page. We also include upcoming EVENTS listed on our parent website (Heritage Roses In Australia) that may be of interest to you. Please CONTACT us if you require more information about an Event.
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Membership to Heritage Roses in Australia
Although subscription and being an online member to access our PRHRiA forum is free, we do encourage our subscribers to join our Parent organisation, Heritage Roses In Australia. The benefits of membership include the fellowship of other like minded people sharing their love of heritage roses. HRiA also issue a quarterly Journal (autumn, winter, spring, summer), full of interesting articles by experts, regional reports, upcoming events and other information invaluable for members. Members can also attend the Bi-annual general meeting and National conference (which is held in a different State every two years). Membership renews on 1 January each year. If you join later in the year, membership is reduced. Membership fees vary. Please visit HERE for more information.