During September through to November, Spring is in the air and so is the sweet smell of flowers. One flower in particular grows wonderfully in Collie and that is the humble rose. It has stood the test of time and is still seen in many gardens, especially in Collie where they sit beautifully against the older houses and buildings.
The national flower of England, the rose has many varieties and throughout history has had many meanings and traditions associated with it, depending on the context of the giver. The use in England originated from the reign of Henry Vll who introduced the Tudor Rose which was a combination of the red and white roses, representing unity after the English civil war of the 15th Century. Many years later this was to be called the ‘War of the Roses’. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_(symbolism))
In modern times however, the rose is linked with love and emotion. Red for love and affection, white for remembrance or innocence, yellow for friendship etc. Maybe the colour a gardener plants tells a little about their personality?
Whatever the reason a gardener plants roses, they are there for us all to admire. There are many public gardens and buildings that have a great display of roses during Spring and the Collie Visitor Centre has put a map of locations together so everyone can go and enjoy the beautiful displays. Locations include the All Saints Anglican Church, Collie Courthouse, Finlay Gardens, Soldiers Park, Forrest Street and the Railway Station on Throssell Street.
Come into the Visitor Centre on Throssell Street and pick up a map or download a copy here.
Visitor Centre Hours:
Monday to Friday 9am-4pm