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New State Rose Garden archway is blooming marvellous

Friday 23 November, 2012

Victoria’s magnificent State Rose Garden at Werribee Park now has a suitably impressive entrance to welcome and guide visitors around the garden’s 2.8 hectares of heritage and modern rose varieties.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith unveiled the new archway, designed by State Rose Garden designer Mervyn Hayman-Danker.

Victoria State Rose Garden Supporters contribute more than 8,000 hours to the maintenance and upkeep of the State Rose Garden each year..

The State Rose Garden is a magnificent drawcard to Werribee Park, with its world renowned collection of heritage and modern rose varieties.

The new laser cut metal archway includes a plan of the State Rose Garden, providing a guide to visitors of the experience that awaits them as they tour the garden.

Werribee Mansion is a significant tourist attraction and the new slate roof will help preserve the mansion’s interior and fine heritage collection for years to come.

The Mansion itself now has a new roof courtesy of $500,000 roof restoration project undertaken by Parks Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Coalition Government

While the roof has been restored with slate, which was the material originally used when the Mansion was built, a modern twist has been added with the introduction of solar panels.

The project received a grant of $220,000 from the Commonwealth Government’s Community Heritage Grants program

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