The famous Flemington roses are an iconic fixture of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and the racecourse.

Now is your chance to learn from Flemington’s very own ‘Keeper of the Roses’, Mick Ryan.

Join us for one of two rose pruning workshops where Mick, and his team, will share their knowledge, passion, and tips and tricks on growing and sustaining this gorgeous flora. These small hands-on morning sessions are a wonderful opportunity to visit Flemington outside of a race day and learn more about the extensive preparation that goes into nurturing the Flemington roses ahead of Spring.

Members are encouraged to bring photos of any problem roses they have at home on the day of the event, and our Gardens team will do their best to provide advice and assistance.

Registrations open 10am Tuesday 14 May

Due to the limited capacity for these small Rose Pruning Workshops, registrations are essential. Registrations will open from 10am Tuesday 14 May. Please note, a registration does not guarantee a place at either workshop. Members who are successful will be contacted by email no later than 5pm Wednesday 22 May.


  • Hands-on rose pruning sessions guided by the Gardens team, including Mick Ryan, the ‘Keeper of the Roses’
  • A bucket of freshly pruned roses and gardening gloves to take home
  • Morning tea at The Bakery


Dates: Wednesday 19 & Friday 21 June


Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am


Location: The Bakery, The Front Lawn


Dress Code: Casual (members are advised to dress for inclement outdoor weather)


Price: Free


Ticket Limit: 2 tickets (each member can access a maximum of 1 guest ticket)