Life in Melbourne just keeps getting better! We recently discovered more great places to spend our days out in Werribee; the State Rose Garden and Werribee Park. The rose garden is open all year round but right now, in Springtime, it's stunning.
The classic rose garden design still leaves plenty of green grassy space for picnics and the variety of roses (over 5000) and sheer number of blooms is the most fabulous backdrop for a family photo shoot.
We had a brilliant time wandering through the gardens with our 3 year old son sniffing many a bloom (and loudly declaring which smelt nice or not so nice- ha!). If you need suggestions on how to have fun without a ball (no ball games allowed for the sake of the flowers!) here are some ideas:
The Melbourne Crochet Club meets fortnightly to learn crochet, meet other Melbourne mums, and have a good chat. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome to come along!
1. Bee spotting- plenty of blooms had a buzzing bee about them, prompting discussions around honey making for our porridge at breakfast time.
2. Rose rainbow- pose for photos in front of the colours of the rainbow in order (green = grass or leaves) ready to create a photo display back at home.
3. Find your favourite- whether it's smell, look or both there's sure to be a rose for everyone here. Make sure you take photos of the blooms and the name plaque too, then you can recreate the joy in your own garden.
Being English we're quite stereotypically in love with roses, but honestly the colours blew me away. All this Australian sunshine is clearly good for roses as well as us (and I'm sure the summer will be here any minute now...).
You've probably heard about the State and Rose Garden show happening on the weekend of 11 /12 November? That will of course be a great event, but remember this garden is FREE (although I'm sure they'd appreciate a donation) and open all year round.
More information about the State Rose Garden can be found here.
So you can go anytime, but they say the blooms are best in Spring and Autumn. What a beautiful setting for some quality family time and then we discovered that just next to the gardens is Werribee Park!
Another gem in the state of Victoria with lovely lawns and spectacular trees contrasting the English cottage beauty of the roses next door. Families played frisbee, held parties, cooked on their barbecues, it was quite idyllic with blue skies sunshine and another stunning backdrop, this time Werribee Mansion.
Follow the sculpture trail and find a fabulous view over into neighbouring Werribee Open Range Zoo. Extra points if you spot the zebra!
Can you see it?!
Life with two small children is challenging at times but also wonderful when a day out comes together. I hope the wonders of Werribee work for you too.
Based in Clifton Hill, Louella Kennedy is a creative artist and educator with a special interest in using art for wellbeing. Louella runs a variety of art classes for different age groups and interests.