From Picnics and proposals, weddings and walking groups, the Rose Garden fronting Roxborough Park Rd at Baulkham Hills has hosted many events since it was established in 1972.
Nestled next to the swimming pool there were fears it would be lost when work started on the new public pool.
There was an outpouring of fond memories and much love when we posted on the Hills to Hawkesbury Facebook page last week that the garden was being protected and given a facelift by Hills Shire Council.
These were some of the comments.
Kerrie: So glad to hear the rose garden is staying! I love it and visit it several times a year, well done THSC
Julie: I’m so glad the garden will survive, nice to think something in our shire has been saved!!
Gail: I love the beautiful roses, their colour and perfume. These are old bushes so if they are being ripped out I agree with Kylie Anne that locals should be able to buy them. If you are planting new ones, please plant those that have a perfume. I think that a rose without a perfume is not really a rose.
Jeanne: It was close to where I used to live. Only thing I didn’t like was the bees coming into the pool area after being in the roses or looking for the roses. Very pretty though. Lots of graduation photos taken in the rose garden I think.
Penny: Walked through every day to school and home again for 7 years on my way to Excelsior Public School. Would stop and smell the roses. My garden today is full of roses.
Sue: My widowed mother built our first house, and the first house in Roxborough Park Estate (as it was called) in 1967. … we talked about the plans on the estate that one day a pool and a rose garden would be built … one day .. and they both were. My mother loved driving past that garden. She called it hers. She lived there until she passed away in 2013 at 90. So glad the garden is staying.
Lynne: I walk to the rose garden regularly. It will be sad to see any part of it removed. It is so beautiful and well maintained. Some of the roses have a scent. It is a delightful space. My phone is full of photos from the garden and I have painted some too.
If you have memories or old photos of the rose garden we would love to share them. Email them with subject matter Rose Garden to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the date it was taken and who is in it.