State Rose and Garden Show
Wander through 5000 colourful flowers, pick up new plants and sip prosecco among the roses.
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.