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State Rose and Garden Show

Wander through 5000 colourful flowers, pick up new plants and sip prosecco among the roses.
By Libby Curran
October 31, 2019
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State Rose and Garden Show

Wander through 5000 colourful flowers, pick up new plants and sip prosecco among the roses.
By Libby Curran
October 31, 2019
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Across one big spring weekend, Werribee Park's Victoria State Rose Garden blooms bright for the annual State Rose & Garden Show. But this is a whole lot more than just a festival of flowers.

While the sprawling six acres of rose gardens come alive with a riot of colour and over 5000 different floral displays, there'll also be pop-up nursery stalls selling a wide range of plants, pots and homewares. You can even hone your green thumb with a program of guided tours and plant care demonstrations.

In between exploring the blooms, you'll be treated to live tunes, eats and drinks, courtesy of a couple of brand-new State Rose & Garden Show pop-ups. On Saturday, head to the beer garden for American-style smokehouse fare from Bluebonnet Barbecue and sweet treats from the Scone Sampler, matched with a selection of wine, craft beer, cider and Chirping Bird Wines' spritzers.

Sunday follows with a rose-inspired high tea from the High Tea Mistress. You'll need to book into a 60-minute session at 10.30am, 12.30pm or 2.30pm (for either $30 or $45) if you're keen. Expect, refreshing sips from Mrs Bakers Gin and the Prosecco Van, cushy vintage lounges and a parade of sweet and savoury bites, all enjoyed al fresco.

Entry is free to the rose show, though any gold coin donation goes to supporting the garden's hard-working volunteers.

State Rose & Garden Show is open from 10am–4pm.

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