In 1993 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 contact us at PO Box 2137, Werribee, 3030 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
*****Below was the general information sent to all those who enquire about volunteering at the garden.
******Following this information there are now additional covid restrictions that you need to be aware of.
"We work on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings. On Wednesdays volunteers work between 8.00 and 12.00 Volunteers put in as much or as little time as they want to. Even an hour is appreciated between these hours.
On Saturday someone will be in the garden from 8.00 until 11.00 or sometimes 12 depending on the availability of a committee member to supervise and lock up.
After seeing the jobs involved in maintaining the garden any new person needs to decide if they want to join and, after two weeks attendance, will be given a form to fill in if you choose to become a member. Joining involves being aware of the rules and procedures and joining in and being part of a team.
We charge an annual membership fee of $20 which gives you four newsletters a year, a lot of good fellowship and the chance to work with a good team. We welcome new members and can usually guarantee that you will enjoy your time with us.
Just come to the garden on either Wednesday or Saturday and make yourself known to any of the volunteers present and they will make sure a committee member will look after you.
Bring some sturdy gardening gloves, eye protection ( can be your own glasses if you wear them, sunglasses or safety glasses) and secateurs. All other tools are supplied. "
Additional Covid -19 related info.
• Personal Hygiene.
• Volunteers have to sign into a logbook each day they attend, with their name & phone number for covid tracking reasons.
• Masks, individuals to provide/bring their own for use when unable to socially distance.
• Sanitzer pump to be available for all volunteers.
• Designated daily volunteer co-ordinator to ensure all contact points are cleaned before activity commences.
• Wash hands thoroughly with soap on arrival.
• Ensure gloves are worn when working with tools and equipment.
. Only one person to enter the tool shed at any time.
• Carry personal safety bag which contains, soap, hand sanitzer, cloth and gloves.
• Bring own coffee/ tea mug or cup.
• Do not arrive to activity if you are feeling unwell and unfit for work.
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.