Mayor Ron Bellingham and Warwick and District Historical Society president Janice Flood at the official opening of the Rose Garden.
Mayor Ron Bellingham and Warwick and District Historical Society president Janice Flood at the official opening of the Rose Garden. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Garden opening a step back in time

HISTORY buffs yesterday donned their finest vintage costumes and braved the threatening grey skies to be part of a new chapter in local history as the Warwick and District Historical Society unveiled its Sandstone and Heritage Rose Garden at the museum.

Visitors to the unveiling at the museum's open day yesterday, as part of 150th celebrations, were spilling out of the gates as they all tried to get in on the action, but president Janice Flood said the rain had actually put somewhat of a dampener on expected numbers.

“I am very happy with how it has gone,” she said

“It has been such a positive thing for Warwick and very uniting within the community.”

The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band entertained crowds with their distinctive sound as visitors meandered through the grounds and admired the snapshots of local history.

Southern Downs Mayor Ron Bellingham officially opened the Rose Garden and briefly spoke to the crowds about the importance of the people who contribute to such projects in the community.

“Without those people willing to support the community, we would be so much poorer,” he said.

The Rose Garden has been funded through grants and sponsorship, including that of the Warwick Credit Union, the Open Garden Scheme, Heritage Roses in Australia and the Warwick CWA.



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