Hunter Rose Spectacular - 13 to 18 November
From October 13 to November 18 2007, visitors to the Hunter Valley Gardens will be treated to the romance and maginficent sensory explosion of two million roses displayed as part of the annual Rose Spectacular. Horticultural Manager of Hunter Valley Gardens, Sean O’Brien says, “Our guests will experience the colour, fragrance and elegance of over 35,000 rose bushes in 156 different varieties, and will be in awe of how stunning the roses look at this time of year.”
The Rose Spectacular will feature a program of daily talks, demonstrations, an art exhibition and questions with the horticultural experts from Hunter Valley Gardens. The talks and demonstrations will show visitors that anybody can grow beautiful roses with the correct knowledge about planting; treating pests and diseases; the use of fertilisers; pruning methods; and watering. Guests will learn that roses are in fact easier to grow than many other flowers.
“The rose is arguably the most loved flower all over the world,” states O’Brien. “It seduces its admirers with an array of beautiful colours, shapes and delicious scents and many people remember the joy of growing or receiving roses, which have the ability to symbolise so many things.
“Red roses mean: love; passion and respect. White roses signify: innocence; purity and serenity. Pink roses symbolise happiness; grace and thankfulness. Yellow roses are for friendship; get well and thinking of you. Mauve roses reflect: love and fantasy and so on!
“We have named 10 of our best roses, which include: Apricot Nectar; Chameleon; Double Delight; Fiona’s Wish; Iceberg; Just Joey; Peace; Pierre De Ronsard; Seduction and Simply Magic, and invite guests to experience them in the height of their beauty.”
Hunter Valley Gardens entry prices range from $11 to $19.90, with free entry for children under five. Discounted family, group, senior and educational rates are also available.
11.00am - Roses 'How To' Question and Answer
12.30pm - Rose Garden Talk
2.00pm - Yates Rose Pest and Disease Discussion