Members of the Society maintain a rose
garden in the grounds of the Xeriscape Garden, Weston adjacent
to the CIT School of Horticulture. This is open to visitors
at weekends from spring through to the end of April. There
you will see many different roses and at spe-cial times of
the year there are demonstrations, talks and conducted tours
of the garden.
Members attend a working bee on the last Saturday morning
of each month to maintain the garden, and if you would like
any information on roses, you will always find someone there
that morning who will be happy to help. New members are always
Included below is a
list of roses all of which are good healthy fragrant roses
and ideal for Canberra’s conditions. Many of the roses
recommended here and in the Canberra Gardener may be found
at the Xeriscape Rose Garden, but for more specific information
on the culture of roses, refer to the Rose chapter in the
Canberra Gardener, 9th
edition. This will provide information on all aspects of rose
Recommended large-flowered or hybrid
These produce an abundance of large double flowers on long
stems and most are recurrent.
Large tall-growing dark
red rose which holds its colour well, is highly fragrant
and best in a warm area.
A top exhibition flower with fragrance
and lighter colour on the under-side of petals.
This rose has perfect form, is a
dual purpose rose, low growing, blooms early, keeps well
and repeat flowers quickly.
A dark velvety red rose with upright growth and fragrance.
A great full bloom rose. Tall growing.
Bright medium red, unfading rose
with mostly one bloom per stem.
Dark red, very fragrant. Watch for mildew in cool weather.
A very hardy rose, very good in spring and repeat flowers
Sir Harry Pilkington
A blood red rose with darker edges
in spring, fragrant. Very reliable.
Inside the petals are light red
and outside deep pink. A dual purpose tall-growing rose
with a light fragrance.
Medium red rose with long stems
which keep well. Repeat flowers well.