The iconic Morwell Centenary Rose Garden is now looking even better, thanks to a united effort from the community and Latrobe City Council.
The Friends of the Garden received a $7,000 Community Minor Capital Works Grant from Council to complete the installation of permanent brick edging around garden beds.
Latrobe City Council Mayor, Cr Sharon Gibson said the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden was an icon of Latrobe City, and had made Morwell recognised across Australia and the world.
“The rose garden creates such pride in our community and the International Rose Garden Festival Morwell is one of Latrobe City’s most popular events,” she said.
“When the roses bloom every spring, it brings such joy to all who see them. Council was only too pleased to be able to support the dedicated Friends group with this grant that has made the rose garden look even better.”
Council’s grant was complemented by a grant of $1250 from Advance Morwell, bringing the total project cost to $8250. The works were undertaken by a contractor, Standrite.
“The Friends of the Garden appreciate the support of Council and Advance Morwell in funding the construction of this edging, which offers the benefits of saving work and improving the safety of Council’s gardening staff and volunteers while working at the garden,” Friends of the Garden’s Vice President Bev Maguire.
“The edging also lifts the appearance of that section of the garden to the high standard elsewhere in the garden.”
The garden features more than 3500 roses, is the site of the annual International Rose Garden Festival Morwell and is visited by rose enthusiasts from around the world each year.