See below for a selection of photos provided by Latrobe City Council.
The International Rose Garden Festival Morwell was truly a world-wide event after more than 800 patrons registered for the online celebration, and the main stage section of the website received more than 14,000 visits.
The festival attracted participants from across the globe, including Canada, New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, and every state in Australia.
While the roses still bloomed in the world famous Centenary Rose Garden of Morwell, COVID-19 restrictions prompted a change to the annual festival’s usual format. This provided Latrobe City Council with an opportunity to extend the reach of the festival to a wider audience through the internet.
International presenters included Jonathan Webster, curator of the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens Rosemoor (UK) and Rebecca Koraytem of David Austin Roses (US), who spoke about rose preparation in other locations. This experience enabled local amateur gardeners to reach out to two of the world’s most renowned rose growers.
Other speakers included leading rosarian Kelvin Trimper from Adelaide and local beekeeper Sean-Paul Smith from the Latrobe Valley Beekeepers Association.
Costa Georgiadis, host of the ABC’s Gardening Australia, and children’s gardening entertainer, Dirtgirl, also performed.
In another first, Auslan interpreters were used for all presentations on the main stage which made the event more inclusive.
More than 1000 local residents viewed the AGL Midsummer Night Light Show in the Rose Garden on Saturday night and almost the same number turned out on Sunday night.
Almost 200 people enjoyed another feature of the festival, outdoor dining in Morwell.
Photos provided by Latrobe City Council.