Patsy Durack's Rose Gardens

Gooseberry Hill, WA, 6076

Patsy Durack's Rose Gardens

Our tranquil gardens surround Kareela, the old Archbishop's holiday home in Gooseberry Hill built in 1915. Our earliest rose plantings include hybrid teas and floribundas with climbers and bush roses. Later we added David Austin, Delbard and some Heritage roses - all chosen for form, longevity and colour. In the last 20 years we have had success with a 'no spray' policy in the gardens. Relax and enjoy Devonshire teas on the veranda overlooking the garden.

Opening Dates/Times

 Current season ends 31 May 2024

The gardens are open for viewing from October to December and March through to May.
Open Sundays: 10 am - 4:30 pm
Open Monday to Saturday: By appointment for tours & groups

Entry Fee: $10

Part proceeds go to the Cancer Council of WA
Please contact us if you would like to book a tour of the gardens, have a wedding, wedding photos, function or event in the garden.

Warning: Not accessible with prams

Location & Contact Info

  • 33 Parke Rd
  • Gooseberry Hill, WA, 6076

Local Climate Zone: 10 - Mediteranean

Summer avg. Max: 30°C Winter avg. Min: 7°C
Avg Frost Days:5
Annual Rainfall avg: 1041mm. Summer avg. 48mm.
No. of rainy days: 49 Winter avg. 569mm.

Garden Guide

We moved into Kareela, the old archbishop's house in 1988. Ian hired a backhoe and demolished the back garden. It took 3 months to cut back the overgrown mass of jungle, leaving a very old Cecile Brunner and Lorraine Lee. Together with a helper Ia ...

The old residence and roses

The old Archbishop's residence surrounded by a riot of colour and the magical fragrances of roses in full bloom.

Groups, tours and weddings

We welcome groups and tours. While you're here a great place to enjoy and look out over the garden is the veranda, where you can relax with a cup of tea and a homemade scone. Patsy will then give a talk on the history of the gardens and answer your gardening questions.  More Info »

Our special shop

Converted from an old weatherboard shed on our property our little shop has become an elegant and unique feature of the gardens. It's the place to get Patsy's own Rose Petal Conserve, rose lemonade and rose oil soaps together with other delightful products.  More Info »

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