written by Jan Eastman | Chair PRHRiA
Mid October found several of us meeting up at two of our favourite places, Araluen Botanic Park and less than a week later at Falls Farm in Lesmurdie. A few days after we were at the WA Rose Society Rose Show, and a week after that at Florence McRae's garden (info on the visit to Florence's garden is forthcoming).
Araluen Botanic Park | 12 October 2023.
It was to be a perfect Spring day for our stroll around the gardens at Araluen Botanic Park. We met at 11am for morning tea in the Mary Hargrave Pavilion with short instructions of the different areas of the gardens. Some members went in a group checking out the areas that interested them the most while others preferred to wander at their own pace admiring the roses. Lynne Chapman, Billy West and Jan Eastman were available to answer questions members had on the different roses. We then returned to the Mary Hargrave Pavilion for lunch before a number of us went further into the park where another area of Damask and like roses grew. It was one of those wonderful peaceful events in an outstanding park taking in the vast amount of roses that grow amongst or surrounded by gum trees and natural bushland.
Falls Farm, Lesmuride | 18 October 2023.
We held an impromptu morning tea on the veranda at our meeting place Falls Farm. As we prune the roses at this venue we decided to take time out together to see the results of our work and were not disappointed. The gardens were ablaze with colour and it was such an enjoyable morning wandering around the roses talking and admiring them and sitting on the veranda overlooking the garden on a superb Spring morning. We also took time out to put the special metal name tags on the roses and members had a wonderful time checking out the map of where each one was and then finding the correct one to put the labels on. It was an enjoyable and successful morning.
WA Rose Society Rose Show | 21 & 22 October 2023.
Saturday & Sunday 21 & 22 October was the Rose Show held at South Perth run by the Rose Society. It was part of their National Rose Conference and there were a number of visiting members from other states. We had a beautiful display of roses from Billy West’s garden set up by Jos Henley, along with many rose themed items for sale. It was a very successful weekend with many people asking to receive our newsletters and others taking information to join. We also had a person from the public who required a rose now not available in the West that we are going to bud for her. Thank you to Janet Rowe and Barbara Jakuszewski who did double shift as we didn’t have anyone for the late afternoon on Saturday, also on Sunday to Janet (again!), Jan Eastman, Lynne Chapman, Margaret McKenzie, Jos and Bob Henley who took time out from their weekend to assist on our stand.
A Rosey November coming up!
The response to our overnight trip down south this Thursday and Friday (9-10 November) to view some of Western Australia's beautiful rose gardens has been fantastic, and it is now all booked out. If you are interested in our trip on 22 November to Pinjarra Heritage Rose Gardens, followed by lunch, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org .