Mornington Botanical Park Rose Garden
Photo courtesy of Laurie Newman
Public rose garden Listing last updated on 27 May 2009.
Tyabb and Dunn's Rds.
Mornington, Victoria 3931
2009 Australian Rose Annual
p48. Picture of the Mornington Botanical Rose Garden.
p48. Picture of Dame Elizabeth Murdoch, Barry Johnson and Jane Edmanson at the opening.
p65. Mornington Dawns [by] Barry Johnson
In 2004, just when I was contemplating thoughts of retirement, the phone rang and without my usual (Telemarketing) caution, I answered it. On the other end was a hitherto unknown person, Don Gordon from Mornington. Don said: "I hear you were responsible to designing the Morwell Rose Garden?" After a .cautious "yes" (followed by a mental: "uh oh!") Don went on. "We're planning a similar venture in Mornington and we'd love you to come down and have a look?" Déjà vu! Barry says: OK" (I need therapy) and off to Mornington I go. There I meet larger-than-life Don whose enthusiasm for the project knows no bounds. He proposed that a public rose garden be created in the open space precinct adjacent to the Regional art gallery. This was a lightly used off-the-Iead dog exercising paddock directly between the Regional and Oakhill Art Galleries. Don and I set about doing the 'Dance of the Doggie Do Do' surveying this north-facing and gently sloping site overlooking a small lake and bird sanctuary, bounded by the Mornington – Tyabb and Dunn's Rds.
[This article by Barry Johnson is three pages of the same very readable material on the making of the Mornington Rose Garden.]