In 1992 the supporters group was formed after an ad was placed in the local paper “The Banner” by Mr Jim Priestly. Of that initial group of fifty, several are still helping in the Garden each Wednesday & Saturday morning.
Our supporters come from all walks of life and from all over Melbourne. The original group were trained in all aspects of rose culture by some of the most foremost rosarians in the country and are passing on their knowledge to each newcomer. The aim: to produce healthy bushes and maximum blooms for all to enjoy.
Without these dedicated workers we would not have a garden today as it has been under threat several times.
But it is enjoyable to work in the fresh air in an award winning garden. Hearing comments from the visitors gives us a great feeling of satisfaction. Of course we always welcome new volunteers whether or not they are experienced.
We have many local and overseas visitors who admire the work that is done each year by the 100 supporters who contribute 9000hrs between them every year.
Apart from the sunshine, fresh air, learning & satisfaction there are other advantages of volunteering. The camaraderie of like-minded people is one of the best feelings as we toil in our beautiful garden.
We are always seeking new volunteers to help us in this world-class Garden. If you have time available on a Saturday or Wednesday morning (weather permitting) please come down to the Garden and ask one of the volunteers to introduce you to a Council member. They will tell you all about our Group, and advise you on all the matters of becoming one of our select group. OR contact us at PO Box 2137, Werribee, 3030 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadheading of the roses takes place from October till April and this is the main activitiy during these months to ensure a maximum display of blooms. Of course weeding, feeding, spraying, sweeping and other general maintenance tasks continue alongside the seemingly endless deadheading.