2021 Winter Rose Catalogue
- New Releases
- Special Release
- Eye Opener
- New David Austin
- New Climbing
- Recent Releases
- David Austin
- Bush Roses
- Old Fashioned
Hello gardening friends,
Welcome to our 2021 Winter Rose Catalogue for dormant bare rooted plants.
I know I said it last year to you all in this catalogue, but really what a year it has been! I would like to say welcome to all of our new customers reading this catalogue for the first time. I know there are many who have discovered us throughout lockdowns and also many new residents to our area, having made the tree change to this truly beautiful part of Victoria. No matter how you discovered our nursery, we welcome you!
The area we live in really has a special attraction, bringing many thousands of travellers from all over Australia and overseas. Sadly, with both interstate and international border closures, many travellers were unable to visit the nursery and surrounding areas during the pandemic. The strange days throughout the year brought out the best in most people, all wanting to do the right thing by wearing masks, distancing, sanitising, and following the rules to help keep both us and you, our valued gardeners and friends, safe.
The year had many challenges in the nursery, but we were lucky to get a delivery of plastic pots from the factory in Melbourne, making their way out of the city on the last day before the lock down started and the ring of steel went up. I remember covering my hands and arms in sanitiser, wearing a mask, and carting the loads of pots to the shed where they sat, untouched for a few weeks, just to keep us all safe. No bamboo stakes as there were now obvious shortages starting to happen all over. Ink was in short supply, and after 5 hours I managed to track down a toner for the photocopier to print order forms. Even envelopes were no longer on the shelves due to the surge in demand for office supplies with everyone starting to work from home. This almost prevented the sending of last year’s catalogue, but luckily I found some old envelopes in the office drawers to help get us through. Plant labels were also in high demand and the printers worked non stop trying to catch up on orders. Some plant labels that were ordered at the start of spring arrived the week before Christmas!
We have many stories to tell from the last year, as you all have, but with the help of family and friends we all got through the year and gardening was our safe place to be happy. Everyone seems to have started gardening, making spaces greener and helping heal the environment in some sort of way. A resurgence in people wanting to grow food, and a return to old ways of family and home life is just lovely to see, and something positive to come out of all this.
This year we would like to welcome my brother Brenton to the team here at Spring Park Nursery. Brenton brings not only a passion for plants and the environment, but many great skills and is a fast learner with degrees in robotics and mechatronics and software science. The new website and social platforms are a tribute to his recent work here, and we look forward to the future working together.
We would like to thank all our valued customers for all their support over the year, and we hope that you enjoy this season’s winter rose catalogue. May your gardening be great gardening!
Chris, Brenton, Ken and Dot Rae