Monday, May 27, 2024

New name blooms for Sydney rose garden

Roxborough Park Rose Garden, located within Alfred Henry Whaling Memorial Reserve in Baulkham Hills, Sydney, is getting a new name, The Hills Shire Council has announced.

It will now be called Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Rose Garden in dedication to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September 2022 after reigning for 70 years.   

The decision to rename the rose garden follows a Mayoral Minute in September last year by the Mayor, Peter Gangemi, to rename a Hills Shire park, building or significant place in her honour. 

“Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-serving monarch and our most enduring Australian head of state. The late Queen exemplified her commitment in various ways, whether as a mechanic during World War II, championing numerous environmental causes, supporting charities, or connecting with individuals across the globe. Her essence was always rooted in selfless service,” Mayor Gangemi said. 

“Having graced Australian shores more frequently than any other monarch, including visiting The Hills, our community has fostered a profound connection with the esteemed late Queen.

“Naming this garden in her honour is a fitting testament to her extraordinary dedication to our nation and the world. This special place will undoubtedly inspire the residents of The Hills, both now and in the years to come.”

Queen Elizabeth II holds the Commonwealth baton during the launch of The Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2018 Gold Coast XXI Commonwealth Games.

The rose garden has been a favourite amongst residents and visitors since its establishment in 1972. 

A senior landscape designer from the Royal Botanic Gardens designed the garden, which includes more than 4000 roses from 80 different species, including the Australian Bi-Centennial Rose, The Hills Shire Council’s Centenary Rose and the Olympic Gold Rose.

The rose garden underwent a major renovation earlier this year, thanks to joint funding from Council and the Australian Government. The upgrades involved improving the stairs and pathways, as well as restoring the fountain, installing a new rose arbour and irrigation system, and creating a sandstone feature area. 

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