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“Overall a bit of a disappointment”
Review of Ruston's Roses

Ruston's Roses
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Whilst I knew to expect Ruston's to neither be a botanical garden nor a full blown commercial garden centre I did still feel rather disappointed with our visit, we mainly went because my partner is a keen gardener who has developed an interest in roses.
On arrival there's plenty of parking and a nice modern building at the entrance which includes the café, function area and also the small classic car and machinery collection.
We were greeted by a really helpful member of staff who also helped us with some local tourist information, we didn't ask for any info but were advised of a good lookout spot to visit.
We went for a walk through the grounds, the areas closer to the reception building are well maintained with signage to identify the rose varieties. As you wander further afield around the property that's when things become a bit of a let down. Many of the rows of flower beds are over run with weeds, there are a lot of old cuttings that have just been left on the tracks between the flower beds. Now in some ways that's OK because you could say the cuttings are being left to rot and mulch and compost. But being a rose garden most of the stuff laying around is dry, brittle, twiggy and thorny and most of the time I ended up scuffing up these twigs and they just got in the way. Overall the areas away from the main building appear to have been let go or are just being maintained to the bare minimum, no information signage either. There's still irrigation to all the areas I viewed but as previously mentioned not much thought being put into presentation and the visitor experience.
It is very telling that there is a real estate agents 'For Sale' sign at the entrance I feel like the place is just ticking over.
Some previous reviewers have mentioned a gold coin entry to walk through the rose beds. We paid $6.00 each, not a gold coin donation.
I try not to write negative reviews but sadly any keen gardener wanting a bit of a horticultural experience will leave disappointed as will someone with no interest in the technical side of things who may have just wanted a nice walk through a garden.
As it stands don't waste your money.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank SMOAI76
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

this garden is the Home of National Rose Collection of Australia & consists of over 4,000 varieties spread over three large areas. They have normal, climbing & tea rose varieties in different stages of flowering; some thrive in spring, others in summer & autumn. They also have a Pond area for special functions which is very picturesque. They have a small café serving coffee & pastries. There is a small gift shop with books, beauty products & other crafts. Also in the reception area is a small collection of vintage cars & machinery, they rotate pieces through the museum. The staff were friendly & informative.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Ray F
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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Verydisapppoinrigandrundown property is forsake and itisnotaloved garden anymore, original ownerisinnursinghome

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank Mittagong4
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

We cycled out today after riding around visiting a few places . What a fabulous greeting we received, we ordered coffee and cakes . How lovely we were asked if we would like some water having cycled out. As we know noth8ng about roses we elected not to take the tour just had coffee in the garden. Had lovely chat to staff member after our coffee was able to fill in lots of information regarding the town and places on interest. Don’t worry if like us you know nothing about roses it’s still worth a visit

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Dominique J
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Friendly, delightful atmosphere, punctuated with excellent table service.. Host Matt makes everyone feel relaxed and at ease and laughter follows him from table to table. . On current form, he would be a more than adequate replacement host for top rating tv show Family Feud.

A wide variety of meals all cooked to perfection. The chef is well sought after throughout the Riverland and has a following similar to racing superstar Winx.

Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank iwhstisavailable
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