Photo courtesy of Margaret Furness
Private rose garden Listing last updated on 13 Dec 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. The Collection contains a number of Found roses not currently listed on HMF.
The property suffered from being on the market for four years, and changes of ownership The current owners (Stoney Pinch Quarry, 2019), are maintaining the the east bed (the core collection), but the rest of the HRIA plantings were beyond salvaging, and the roses have been removed from the plant list.
Heritage Roses in Australia members can obtain permission to visit the HRiA Collection, but must notify Pat Toolan 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.
Varieties within the Collections which are not currently in commerce may be requested from specialist Australian nurseries: budwood is available for purchase.
The Visitor Centre (2019) is open for casual meals and booked celebrations; it is not clear whether the garden itself is open to visitors.