Roses run riot as spring hits

Colour burst: Patsy Durack among her flowers. Picture: Bruce Hunt d409587
Colour burst: Patsy Durack among her flowers. Picture: Bruce Hunt d409587

There are hybrid tea roses and floribundas in her Gooseberry Hill garden, as well as some David Austin and Heritage blooms.

‘The hybrid teas and floribundas have been chosen for their longevity, form and colour,’ Mrs Durack, who moved into Kareela ” the old archbishop’s house at 33 Parke Road ” in 1988, said.

‘We hired a backhoe and started to demolish the back garden, which took three months to cut back the overgrown mass of jungle, leaving just a Cecile Brunner and a Lorraine Lee rose.’

The garden is a labour of love for Patsy and her husband Ian.

On Sundays from this month until May, the garden will be open from 10am to 4.30pm.

Entry is $8, with part proceeds going to the Cancer Council of W.A.

For more information, go to www.patsydurackrosegardens.|com.

See our special guide to Open Gardens and win free tickets: Page 14