Preparations are well in hand for the 2020 International Rose Garden Festival in Morwell, although it will look a little different this year.
Rose enthusiasts are in for a treat with the festival being a hybrid event this year. Covid-19 has provided an opportunity for organisers to take it worldwide, on the weekend of November 14 and 15.
Festival fans are guaranteed the event will still be bursting with the spring colour synonymous with roses.
A creative program has been devised for the 2020 International Rose Garden Festival to make it accessible to people around Victoria, Australia and the world via its website.
Latrobe City Council is festival host and Mayor Cr Dan Clancey is looking forward to this iconic celebration continuing despite Covid restrictions.
“Latrobe residents and visitors are treated to the sight of more than 3500 roses in the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden blooming every spring and it’s important for our sense of community, now more than ever, that we celebrate our sense of identity,” Cr Clancey said.
Online, visitors will be able to navigate a map of the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden and click on events and activities of interest. Workshops, music, children’s entertainment, stalls and garden talks will be run online as free, interactive events.
People will be able to comment, ask questions, and take part in polls, workshops and masterclasses all from the comfort of their homes – and even buy goods from stallholders as though they were there.
The festival will showcase Gippsland food and wine producers and local musicians, and festival organisers will soon be announcing this year’s special guests.
The AGL Mid-summer Night Lights Installation in the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden returns by popular demand on the Saturday and Sunday evening.
AGL Loy Yang General Manager, Nigel Browne said AGL was thrilled to support this fantastic regional event showcasing our beautiful region.
“We know this event is more important than ever as local tourism works to recover from the impact of the summer bushfires and Covid-19,” Mr Browne said.
“We encourage everyone to jump online, see what this event has to offer and take a look at the AGL MidSummer Night Lights Installation. You will not be disappointed.”
The festival will be viewable on a phone, tablet or computer via the festival website www.irgfm.com.au
Participation is free but people must register on the festival website beforehand.
The first 100 Australian residents to register will receive a festival showbag packed with goodies from local suppliers.