Roses are Red – and Yel­low, White and Pink – at Roxbor­ough Park

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Gardening -

A sea of fra­grant roses was in full bloom at Roxbor­ough Park Rose Gar­den in the Al­fred Henry Whal­ing Memo­rial Re­serve when Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne vis­ited re­cently.

Roxbor­ough Park Rose Gar­den is a real favourite with res­i­dents - we are so for­tu­nate to have such a trea­sured place in The Hills where peo­ple can take time out of their busy sched­ules to lit­er­ally ‘stop and smell the roses. Congratulations to the team who have done such a won­der­ful job of car­ing for the gar­dens, as well as keep­ing the en­tire re­serve in great con­di­tion for the com­mu­nity to en­joy. Groundsper­son Vic­tor Busut­til ex­plained how the gar­dens are kept.

"We’ve got 6,000 roses with about 80 dif­fer­ent species here in the park. It takes a lot of work to keep it look­ing its best we make sure the roses have ad­e­quate wa­ter­ing, we fer­tilise them an­nu­ally and we ‘dead-head’ them once the first flush of flow­ers is fin­ished." Vic­tor and his team will be ‘dead-head­ing’ the roses in the com­ing weeks to en­sure that new growth and an­other surge of flow­ers come through this sea­son.

“I love my job – just look at my of­fice!” he said.

They have just planted a whole new row of Ice­berg roses – the Ice­bergs

flower for most of the year, apart from the colder months,” Vic­tor said.

Visit the Rose Gar­den at Al­fred Henry Whal­ing Memo­rial Re­serve, cor­ner of Roxbor­ough Park Road and Mile­ham Road, Baulkham Hills – next to Waves Fit­ness and Aquatic Cen­tre. For a full in­ter­view with Groundsper­son Vic­tor Busut­til, visit www.hills­fo­cus.com.au and click on the ‘Gar­den­ing’ tab.

Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne with the Roxbor­ough Park Rose Gar­den Team.

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