Text from card accompanying brooch:

The rose symbolises the cut flower/ornamental aspect of many of our garden plants.  A perennial shrub or vine of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae the flowers have a long history of beautifying human environments. The first roses are likely to have been imported into Australia in the late eighteenth century and the strong cultural tradition of growing roses in England combined with a favourable climate have meant roses have remained exceptionally popular as garden flowers in Australia.


The cut flower/ornamental aspect of garden plantings is an aspect of gardening I enjoy immensely, though its succulent flowers I tend to cut off and bring inside to study and enjoy as opposed to roses which I don’t grow. Cut flowers are universally enjoyed by most of us, their varied and colourful appearance gives pleasure, as does their scent. They are used throughout a lifetime for events and functions such as marriage, death, as ‘thank you’ gestures and so on. Flowers have important symbolic meanings across many cultures.

In Australia roses are a popular garden plant, their cut flowers being universally appealing. They are a ubiquitous plant in the gardens where I live where the Gardenesque style of planting (a style of gardening developed in the early nineteenth century) lingers on even today. Neat rows of them, spaced apart for easy viewing still seems to hold sway. It’s the universally popular nature of them and their ability to cross cultural divides that led me to choose to present one here.

2 Responses to Rose

  1. Rae says:

    My name is Rae and I am the lucky recipient of the Rose Brooch. I currently live in Perth and am a grandmother of 8 grand children and a mother of 7. So far I have had a wonderful experience being a custodian of the brooch. In my spare time I like to paint. Usually I paint quite abstract, colourful landscapes and portraits of my family members. The detail of the tightly wound red material in the brooch has made think about the complexity and finer details found in nature. My daughter brought some freshly cut roses from her garden and I decided to paint a still life, focusing on the smaller details of the roses.

  2. Vicki Mason says:

    Hi Rae

    Good to hear from you and sorry its taken a while to respond. What a nice surprise to hear the brooch has been inspirational and a little about your life, thank you. Im really curious about the ‘wonderful experience’ you mention, re being custodian of the brooch, would you be kind enough to get back to me on that one, what do you mean exactly?

    Can you get back to me about a few of the notions embedded in the work and project and your feelings about them… and also what about a photo of it on you if you can manage it!

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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