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City of Ballarat Rose
Ballarat now has a rose named in its honour.
The City of Ballarat Rose was launched with
a planting ceremony at the Ballarat Botanical
Gardens on 15 June.
The rose was bred by Ron and Barb Inverarity,
former owners of Rocklyn Roses, who are now
based in Portland with Treloar Roses.
The couple came up with the name because of
the plant's old world style and fragrance which
they thought reflected the features of Ballarat.
The rose has deep pink buds with hints of apricot
at the base that open to large dusky pink blooms
and a strong fruity fragrance.
The City of Ballarat Rose is available from
nurseries or can be ordered direct from
Set in Ballarat in 1959, the murder mystery
series stars Craig McLachlan and Nadine Garner.
McLachlan plays Dr Lucien Blake, who returns home
to Ballarat to take over his deceased father's medical
practice and becomes the police surgeon which finds
him solving murders and mysteries.
Filming commenced in Ballarat in April and involved
many locals as extras. The series was filmed in
locations including Lydiard Street, Lake Wendouree,
Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Ballarat Colonists' Club
and the Pax Hill Activity Centre as well as other
privately owned premises. The ten episode series
will air on ABC1 in Australia and also in the UK
early next year.
Ballarat's historic Lydiard Street North was transformed into a
set recently with the filming of the ABC drama The Dr Blake Mysteries.
Left: Breeders of the City of Ballarat Rose Barb and Ron
Inverarity with Ballarat Mayor Cr Mark Harris at the official
launch held at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.
ABC television series
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