Photo courtesy of Margaret Furness
Private rose garden Listing last updated on 18 Jun 2019.
Renmark, South Australia 5341
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Ruston's sold cut flowers and budwood within Australia.
It was formerly owned by David Ruston, now late; his private collection (see separate entry) was adjacent to Ruston's Roses.
Ruston's Rose Garden includes the Australian Tea-Noisette-China Collection, begun in 2007, an initiative of David Ruston and Heritage Roses in Australia Inc. Only the roses in this Collection and the subsequent ones have been listed. The Collection contains a number of Found roses not currently listed on HMF.
The property has suffered from being on the market for four years.
It is now (2018) closed to visitors for the foreseeable future. Heritage Roses in Australia members can visit the HRiA Collections, but must notify local HRiA members in advance, for insurance purposes.
The focus on the HRIA Collections at Ruston's has for some years been to propagate rare roses, to place in other public gardens as backup.
On October 15, 2018, Adelaide businessman Mr. Wayne Owen took over the ownership of Ruston Roses at Renmark in South Australia, home of the HRiA heritage Tea, China and Noisette rose collection. Most of the existing roses will be replaced by roses grown for food. The property name will remain. The importance of the collection as a living museum/reference library was stressed, and Mr. Owen has agreed to organize weeding, watering and fertilizing the roses, while HRiA will organize the pruning weekend for August 2019. The two main beds of the Heritage Roses in Australia Collections (Teas, Noisettes, Chinas, early HTs) will be retained, and maintained for a year. Mr. Owen has given 12 months for both he and HRiA to decide if this is a mutually agreeable arrangement.
Varieties within the Collections which are not currently in commerce may be requested from specialist Australian nurseries: budwood is available.