Rose garden a cut above

Heidi Kraak

While one could argue she was looking at the world through rose-tinted lenses, Morwell Rose Garden Committee president Del Matthews was thrilled with the crowd that descended on the garden at the weekend for pruning demonstrations.

A busy time of year for the group, Ms Matthews said she was blown away by how much work was completed on the day.

“There is still a bit of work to do on the climbers. We’ll work on them for the next few weeks,” she said.

“‘But we were very happy with how much we got done.”

The Rose Garden Committee has about 50 members on the books and attracts about 30 people to their weekly working bee events on Tuesday mornings.

“We’re a very socially active group. Other weekdays we go off and look at other people’s gardens

and we have a barbie lunch every now and then,” she said.

Ms Matthews encouraged community members to get involved in the group, or to visit on a Tuesday morning if they had any questions about the care of roses.

“It’s a wonderful group to be involved in,” she said.

“We want to thank everyone for their support and the interest – the public are really wonderful and the volunteers are just an amazing group of people.”