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Apr 19 • 2012 • CultivarGardenPlantingRoseRose Newsclustersfloribunda




FROM 1970-92, 30,000 migrants from around the world, including Cambodia, Vietnam, East Timor, Chile, China, Iran, Britain and Europe, called the Enterprise Migrant Hostel in Springvale home until they found permanent accommodation.

The most powerful memory for many of them when arriving at the hostel was the beautiful rose garden displaying masses of red blooms. It made them feel safe and secure in the knowledge that something so well cared for meant they, too, would be cherished and protected in their new country. Many were fleeing persecution from war-torn countries in the '70s and '80s and seeking refuge in Australia.

As one migrant told a committee formed to establish a permanent memorial for the hostel: ''Roses are symbolic, pruned and cared for just like the people, and they all bloomed. At my place there's always a red rose. It means a lot."

Given the symbolism of red roses to so many newcomers to Melbourne, it seems fitting that a new rose has been bred to honour the history of the hostel and the contribution made to the community by migrants and refugees, many of whom later settled in the Springvale area.

The first 'Enterprise' rose, bred by Treloar Roses, was planted earlier this month at the Lexington Gardens retirement village, the former site of the hostel, by Jose Alvarez, Victorian state director of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, and Simon Crean, the Minister for the Arts and federal member for Hotham.

''Enterprise was the home to many arriving in this country for the first time,'' Crean said. ''Those migrants have made an immeasurable contribution to this nation. Their spirit has shaped us and that spirit is reflected in this project. It is recognition of our strengths and our future intrinsically linked to our diverse cultural heritage.''

A bright-red floribunda with double pompon-style blooms produced in clusters of four to five, the 'Enterprise' rose's colourful and bounteous beauty is a beacon of light for the many migrants and refugees who still live in the area, some of them now at the retirement village.

Eventually a bed of 200 roses will form a permanent memorial garden at the retirement village where migrants/refugees and their descendants can visit and reflect on the impact a rose garden had on their lives as newcomers to this country.

Merle Mitchell, project convener and former director of the Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau, says the permanent memorial evolved from an exhibition at the Immigration Museum highlighting the contribution by migrants and refugees to Australia.

''People felt a permanent and physical acknowledgment was needed to honour the 30,000 people who had lived and worked at the hostel. It was an open book and lots of ideas came forth,'' she says. ''Many said the first thing they saw was the beautiful rose garden at the hostel. Seeing that made them feel that they would be safe and secure in this country.

''So the idea of the 'Enterprise' rose was born. It was a wild idea but someone talked to Treloar Roses and they wanted to make a contribution to the asylum/refugee debate.''

The planting of the first rose was emotional for many who attended the ceremony.

A Cambodian refugee who arrived in the '80s (in 1990 the hostel was a detention centre for 118 Cambodian ''boat people'' who were not allowed to leave without permission) is now the mayor of Greater Dandenong and at the launch he met the teacher who had taught him English. ''There were lots of emotional reunions that day,'' Mitchell says.

There has been a long tradition of naming roses after famous people from diverse backgrounds such as the Empress Josephine to Mary Queen of Scots, Leonardo da Vinci, Snow White, Cinderella, Dolly Parton, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and Olivia Newton John.

Naming roses in support of causes is gaining popularity such as the 'Jane McGrath' rose to help breast cancer research. Another new cultivar by the breeding house of Treloar is the 'Thank you' rose for Transplant Australia as a symbol of gratitude ''when thanks is not enough''. An award-winning mauve floribunda, it produces clusters of fully petalled blooms, has a delicate smell and is a prolific grower.

Gary Matuschka, director of Treloar Roses, said it was a pleasure to support Transplant Australia and be able to highlight the importance of organ and tissue donation in Australia.

The rose will be available late next month. Treloar Roses will donate $1 from the sale of each plant to Transplant Australia's Journey of Hope campaign to support those awaiting a transplant.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Mar 18 • 2012 • GardenGraftedGrowingRose BedsRose GardenRose NewsRose PlantingSpecial Rose





The Souvenir d’Anne Frank Commemorative Rose

A VERY special rose has been used to commemorate an important date in York’s history.

Yesterday marked the anniversary of when almost 500 of York’s Jewish community perished in the pogrom of 1190 .

Beginning in late 1189, Catholics goaded and envenomed by the coming Crusades In the Holy Land, form roving mobs and rehearse their fanaticism by attacking and murdering Jews. In September 1189, 30 Jews are murdered to mark the coronation of King Richard I the Lionheart. That massacre would prove to be a mere warm-up act for the carnage of March 18 the following year, when Jews are killed by the hundreds in York but also at Lynn, at Stamford fair, and at Norwich. Dozens of Jews commit suicide to avoid being murdered.

The massacre was remembered with a rose-planting ceremony at Tower Gardens.

The Souvenir d’Anne Frank rose was sent to York by Kenji Yamamuro, from Japan. The rose has been grafted from a flower sent to Japan by Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, to a young Japanese girl, Michiko Otsuki, who was a reader of Anne’s Diary, in the 1970s. From that one rose, grafts were taken by Michiko’s uncle, Mr Yamamuro, and sent all over Japan, to be planted and nurtured by children, as a living reminder of Anne and her longing for a peaceful world.

         Children from Knavesmire Primary School attended yesterday’s ceremony, singing a song with words by Anne, and hanging poems they had written on to a cut out “Remembering Tree” created for the occasion.

The rose was sent as part of the Souvenir d'Anne Frank project, a new theatre and music work, which will be touring to York Theatre Royal later this month.



Councillor Jennifer Waterhouse 

A £15,000 revamp of the Rose Gardens has been agreed by Berwick Town Council as part of its contribution towards the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The gardens, part of Flagstaff Park which nestles beneath the town’s Elizabethan Walls, were created for the Queen’s coronation in 1952.

However the area has begun to look a little tired in recent years and Berwick Town Council was keen to see it given a makeover.

Councillor Jennifer Waterhouse, speaking at a meeting of the council’s environment and regeneration committee, said: “This is a project we have been talking about for such a long time that we now need to go ahead and get it done.”

Councillor John Robertson, chairman, added: “It sounds a lot of money but Flagstaff Park has historical significance given that it was created to celebrate the Queen’s coronation.”

A local designer has put together some initial suggestions of how it could be revamped.

These include two metal archways at the entrance to the Rose Gardens which would have roses growing over them.

It is also planned to replant the rose beds, tidy up the hedgerows and introduce other plants such as geraniums and lavender.

In the part of the garden where there is currently a circular footpath it is proposed to put a new path straight across the grassed area, lined by low-lying shrubs. A flagpole has been suggested as its centrepiece.

Town clerk Sue Finch said: “The Rose Gardens are very much part of Berwick’s history but they have been looking very tired so we are looking at a combination of replanting and general tidying up.

“All the planting would be low maintenance and Northumberland County Council has said it will meet the costs of the labour.”

It is also proposed to relocate the bench seating on Marygate to the Rose Garden.

Members agreed to meet the cost of the project from town council reserves.

It is hoped the work will be completed for the diamond jubilee anniversary celebrations on June 4 when a party will be held on The Parade, hopefully followed by a procession along the town walls to the beacon - situated just above the Rose Gardens.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Dec 08 • 2011 • Books On RosesFavouriteFlowerGardenGrowingPlantingPruningtypes


Alan Titchmarsh How to Garden:

Growing Roses

by Alan Titchmarsh

The rose is the nation's favourite flower and never goes out of fashion. In this definitive guide, Alan Titchmarsh shows how to grow and care for roses in your garden. He covers all the essential techniques and provides inspirational ideas for training and planting schemes that will ensure healthy plants and stunning displays year on year. This title features: A-Z directory of Alan's recommended roses; essential techniques for pruning and support; how to combine roses with other plants; suggested roses for all garden situations, including shady and exposed sites; and, comprehensive guide to understanding rose types.



         Published 24/03/2011

Publisher BBC Books ISBN 9781846074080




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