David Ruston OAM Heritage Rose Conservation Grant

This grant honours the work of the late David Ruston in the collection, conservation and promotion of heritage roses. The rose garden he created in Renmark SA was previously recognised as the Australian National Rose Collection.

The Grant:

The grant is to assist in developing, refurbishing and improving heritage rose gardens in Australia. Granted annually, it is for a heritage rose garden that is open to the public.

Heritage rose collections in botanic gardens, shire gardens, National Trust properties, cemeteries, repositories for found roses and similar public gardens are eligible. The grant is for a total of up to $10,000, and may be shared between several applicants.


A member or members of HRIA should apply to the national executive of HRIA giving a detailed description of their work in an eligible garden and a detailed outline, with costings, of how the grant would be used to develop, refurbish and improve that garden.

  Click here to download the application form in Word format.
  Click here to download the application form in PDF format.


The national executive of HRIA will assess applications submitted, considering the significance of gardens to the preservation and promotion of heritage roses. The national executive asks to proof-read the wording of signboards or brochures. HRIA should be acknowledged as a source of funding, and the logo should be used. A description of the chosen project/s will be published in the summer Journal.


The successful applicant/s will be required to submit a report to the national executive after each of the first two years of the award being granted, describing the work undertaken in the garden and results achieved from the grant. Reports will be published in the HRIA Journal.


Please send applications to:

The HRIA President, Bruce Bott



Closing date: Friday, 30th September 2022.


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