• Date: 10/07/2019
  • Cemetery: GMCT Home

Rose pruning workshops to prove that growing roses is no prickly problem

Many home gardeners are labouring under the belief that growing roses is too much hard work, according to a Melbourne horticulture expert.

“Modern garden landscapes tend to eschew the beautiful rose bush. That’s such a shame because growing roses is easier than people think and the colour, fragrance and shape of a rose bloom provides such joy,” Helen Linehan, senior supervisor in horticulture excellence at The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust said.

There are more than 20,000 rose bushes at GMCT cemeteries across Melbourne. Helen has looked after roses at GMCT for 22 years.

Each year, GMCT holds free rose pruning workshops for the community.

“Traditionally, roses have been regarded as a symbol of love, affection and remembrance. They deserve an ongoing place in Australian gardens,” Helen said.

“The new varieties of roses tolerate a wide range of conditions and are disease resistant. They’re relatively low maintenance and require pruning and feeding twice a year.

“Roses are a showpiece in any garden and our annual pruning workshops, which people can attend at no cost, are a chance to debunk perceptions that growing roses is too difficult.”

Free rose pruning workshops

GMCT’s free rose pruning workshops will be held in Melbourne’s north, west and east. Locations are Fawkner Memorial Park, Lilydale Memorial Park and Altona Memorial Park. The dates and times are the same for each site: Tuesday 16 July from 10-11am and Thursday 18 July from 1-2pm.

“The workshops will be held outdoors, so people are advised to dress according to the weather conditions of the day,” Helen said.

“It’s important that people who want to attend the workshops register with GMCT. I look forward to welcoming participants to our fun and practical pruning workshops.”

Bookings can be made online through community@gmct.com.au or by telephone on 1300 022 298.

We look forward to you joining us on the day.