There is a huge variety of roses thriving in the Park. The roses are planted in an Australian bushland setting amongst native vegetation, jarrah, marri and grass trees rather than as a formal rose garden. This makes it so different and special.
Many roses were planted in 2000. These roses are now well established and provide a spectacular display especially in late October and early November. The Araluen Rose garden is recognized for its world class Tea Rose collection, its large collection of Alister Clark roses and the many spring flowering varieties.
In the 1930’s climbing roses were planted on the Margaret Simons Memorial Pergola and beds of, then, popular modern roses were established nearby. In the 1990’s these rose gardens were refurbished and new a rose gardens were established.
Roses found throughout the Park
Now roses are found throughout the Park. Near the ‘Grove of the Unforgotten’ there is a bed of the original 1930’s roses complemented with beds of Diamond Jubilee, Coral Meidiland, Iceberg, Gruss an Aachen and Rugosas.
Near the Round House the Felicias and Seaform, roses look spectacular. Along the road leading to the Chalet Healy cafe, there is a bed of David Austin Roses together with many famous old heritage roses. In the spring these roses are at their best. The bright yellow of ‘R.foetida’, an old species rose, stands out. Kazanlik, a rose famous in perfume industry is there and the Moss roses with their unusual and fragrant sepals, provide added interest.
The top rose garden contains the greatest variety. Here, there is space to allow the plants to grow to their full potential and some have become huge flowering shrubs. In the 1920s the famous Australian rosarian, Alister Clark, began breeding roses which would flower year round in our warm climate. A bed is devoted to his roses. Another bed contains roses which originated in China and their offspring the Tea roses. Many of these flower all year, with some at their best in the winter months. They do not always get pruned in the winter, much to the surprise of many visitors to the Park. The Gallica roses of French origin and other classes, the Damasks, Albas and modern shrub roses, are found in yet another bed. In 2012, a new area of modern roses has been landscaped around the new gazebo.
A list of the roses in the Park is available at the main gate.