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AWARD OF GARDEN EXCELLENCE. There are many wonderful Rose Gardens around the world, but some are truly exceptional from a historical, educational and/or visual point of view.   Beginning in 1995, The World Federation of Rose Society’s has recognised the best of these outstanding rose gardens with its Award Of Excellence.  Below is just one of many gardens around the world, plus the date that they received the Award Of Excellence. VICTORIA STATE ROSE GARDEN Awarded in 2003 K Road. Werribee. Melbourne. Victoria. Australia. 3030 E Mail.  [email protected] Web Site. Victoria is situated in the South Eastern corner of Australia and  is known as ‘The Garden State’.      Back in the 1970s it was suggested that the area would be the perfect situation to create a Public Rose Garden.   In 1980 approval was given, and the garden was finally opened in 1986. The site chosen was in the grounds of the superbly restored 1870s  Italianate Mansion  in  Warribee Park,  Warribee.    The Mansion already had lavishly laid out formal gardens, so the introduction of a Rose Garden has made the Park an amazing attraction for anyone with an interest in horticulture. The Rose Garden is now the largest public Rose Garden in Australia and contains over 6000 roses,  and this superb  garden is split into four uniquely designed areas.    The main design is laid out in the shape of a Tudor Rose.   This bed displays thousands of modern roses from all over the world and contains Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Ramblers and Climbers which festoon over Arches & Tripods plus colourful avenues of Standards and  Weeping Standards. The Heritage Rose Border  is along two sides of the garden and is an incredible 400 mtrs long.  This outstanding feature contains over 250 varieties of beautiful Old Species Roses and Historical Roses from  around the world. The Federation Leaf bed showcases only roses which have been bred in Australia, and our own David Austin is representing the UK with over 50 varieties of his beautiful English Roses. The roses are in bloom from October to May but are best viewed between November and April. The Rose Garden is managed as a Public Park but has over 100 volunteer workers who keep the roses in tip top condition. The whole amazing spectacle has a back drop of the historic Warribee Park Mansion which now house a Hotel and Conference Centre.      In addition to the Rose Garden and Public Gardens Warribee Park also contains a  National Equestrian Centre, an Open Range Zoo, a Winery and Vinyard and Farm.       Entry to the Rose Garden is Free, but there are charges for some of the other attractions. Given the Award Of Garden Excellence in 2003 What A Day Out.

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