The smell is what hits you first at the State Rose Garden in Newtown Park. The garden is planted with more than 1,500 roses , with many more to be established in the years to come.
This rosarium is being continually upgraded as a living memorial to the people of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. One of the cities most successful community projects, the Garden is both beautiful and well maintained by residents and volunteers contributing donations or in-kind support.
The garden's major planting are from the floribunda, hybrid tea, David Austin and climbing rose varieties. Of special interest are the Titian and Carabella roses, which were bred in Toowoomba and are just two of the Reithmuller Roses.
The historic Newtown Park is bounded by Holberton, Taylor, Tor and Pottinger Streets. Of special interest to historians is the Entrance Pavilion off Holberton Street where the history of the park and its people since 1912, and the history of roses, is displayed on brass plaques.
Instrumental in constructing the garden, the Friends of the State Rose Garden in Newtown Park volunteer 50 to 70 hours per week, depending on the season, for maintenance of the roses.