WFRS World Rose Convention 2021 has postponed to

27 October – 3 November 2022


Please click the button below to access information on what ‘Team Adelaide’ is doing to ensure this event and attendees are COVID Safe whilst in South Australia.

All Occasions Group played an integral role in developing these safe COVID measures as the health and safety of our conference attendees is paramount.

The World Rose Convention will be hosted by the National Rose Society of Australia Inc. with the support of its five State Rose Societies, the Government of South Australia, the Adelaide City Council and the Adelaide Convention Bureau. The Convention will be held in the internationally acclaimed and recently upgraded Adelaide Convention Centre.

Australia is renowned for all aspects of rose culture as the climate provides ideal growing conditions. With nearly 3 500 members, the National Rose Society of Australia is one of the most respected and successful societies of its kind worldwide.

An exciting feature of the 2022 Convention is a large scale public exhibition, which will bring together an indoor rose and green life showcase that incorporates the Australian Rose Championships and floral display.


Planning for the World Rose Convention to be held in Adelaide from 27 Oct. to 3 Nov. 2022 continues. We hope that international travel can resume at the end of this year and into 2022.

In Adelaide, we continue to work with the various Convention venues and gardens to ensure those attending the Convention have an exciting, informative and safe experience. If you have not already registered to ensure you continue to receive the most up-to-date information, we encourage you to do so.

In December, 2021 we intend to provide a detailed Registration Form, the full program and the costs associated with attending this Convention and associated tours.

We are very grateful for the many messages of support and enthusiasm we have received from rosarians around the world and, like you, we sincerely hope we can meet “face-to-face”, in Adelaide.

Kelvin Timper AM

Chairman, 2022 World Rose Convention Committee



Meet our Australian and International Speakers (Part 1)


TREVOR NOTTLE    –    The History of Gardening in Australia

Trevor Nottle has a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and lives in Adelaide. With a career spanning over 45 years, Trevor has cultivated a Mediterranean approach to garden design and plantsmanship.  In 2020, he received the South Australian Master Landscapers’ “Frank Ugody Award” for his outstanding lifetime contribution to the Industry.

Trevor is well respected as an Author, Horticultural Consultant, Lecturer and Garden Historian.  He has written 19 books, including ‘Gardens of the Sun’; ‘Growing Old Fashioned Roses’; ‘Plants for Mediterranean Climate Gardens’; ‘Old Fashioned Gardens’ and ‘The New Cottage Garden’. A regular contributor to Radio programs, social media and Gardening Magazines, he continues to promote gardening that is sustainable in our changing climate.

In this presentation Trevor will introduce the history of gardening in Australia since the arrival of the First Fleet until today; a relatively short history in comparison with older nations in Europe and Asia but it’s 233 years have seen unprecedented changes from the practices of the First Nations peoples. In recent years research has established that there were various forms of ‘gardening’ performed by the Aboriginals contrary to established Anglo-European lore. The lecture moves forward from this point.

HAYDEN FOULDS (NZ)  –  New Zealand Rose Gardens, Roses and Breeders

Hayden Foulds is the current President of the New Zealand Rose Society, also serving as Editor of its two publications and webmaster. He has been a member of the Manawatu Rose Society since 1995 and is currently its President. Hayden is also heavily involved with the NZRS International Rose Trials in Palmerston North. In 2019, Hayden was presented with the T.A Stewart Memorial Award for services to the rose in Australia and New Zealand. Hayden has attended WFRS events in Japan, Australia, Canada, South Africa, France and New Zealand.  Hayden is a Production Manager in a native plant nursery.

Hayden will be giving a presentation featuring New Zealand Rose Gardens which will take the audience on a tour of the best rose gardens in New Zealand, showcase NZ bred roses and rose breeders of New Zealand.

DOUG GRANT (NZ)  –  New Zealand Rose Gardens, Roses and Breeders

Doug Grant has served as President of the New Zealand Rose Society from 1998 – 2001 and 2014 – 2018. He began his term as one of the Vice Presidents for Australasia for the World Federation of Rose Societies in 2015. In the same year, Doug’s leadership and outstanding contribution was recognised when he was awarded the WFRS World Rose Award for service to the New Zealand Rose Society. A successful rose breeder, he has been a long-time member of the Franklin District Rose Society and has served in many roles at a national level over many years.  Doug works as a scientist and consultant specialising in genetics and plant breeding.

Doug Grant’s presentation seamlessly fits in with Hayden Fould’s showcase of New Zealand Rose Gardens, innovative roses and NZ rose breeders. In particular, Doug pays tribute to one of the truly great rose breeders of the 20th Century, Dr. Sam McGredy IV who became a world leader in rose breeding and helped to establish Plant Variety Rights.


More details regarding the 2022 program and tours will be forthcoming later this year and early next year. For more information relating to the convention, please register your interest below to ensure you receive regular updates.


Thank you to our Convention Partners for their support.

We have designed a wide range of Sponsorship and Exhibition packages to cater to all budgets and expectations.

For further information please contact:

Rebecca Gabriel (Sponsorship and Exhibition Sales Executive)

Phone: +61 8 8125 2200



Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia displaying expansive collections including noted Indigenous art, and the South Australian Museum, devoted to natural history.

What most visitors notice, however, is the sense of light and space, and the range of things you can do in a day without feeling rushed. That’s what makes Adelaide a great convention city, and why both Lonely Planet and The New York Times rated it in the top 10 paces to see in 2015.

Adelaide is an easy city to enjoy, whether you prefer 5-star dining, quirky laneway bars, exploring the bustling Central Market, cycling in the parklands, strolling in the picturesque Adelaide Hills or relaxing on a beautiful stretch of beach.

Adelaide’s diverse cultural mix guarantees the food is sensational, with Rundle Street in Adelaide’s east offering a mix of historic pubs and family-run cafes and restaurants. Dine alfresco, morning, noon and night. Five minutes away, Norwood Parade is famously European influenced while Gouger Street, which is close to Chinatown and the Adelaide Central Market is full of Asian fusion restaurants.

You will also find plenty of accommodation in Adelaide including boutique hotels, apartments, seaside resorts and heritage cottages. Most hotels are in the city centre, however there are a number of hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts in nearby North Adelaide and along the coast.

Adelaide’s weather is moderate and year-round blue skies means average winter temperatures of 16 degrees Celsius and 28 degrees Celsius in summer.

Follow these links for a Map of Adelaide and attractions or to download the Adelaide Visitor Guide for further information.

You may also experience the cosmopolitan and rural surrounds of Adelaide through a guided sightseeing tour.

Alternatively, you could join Foodi and discover hidden gems in the realms of brunch, high tea and desserts. From raw treats and night safaris to beer tastings and secret food destinations, there’s a tour to tickle every tastebud.

For other activities in and around the city, Experience Oz have collated a list of the top ten things to do whilst in Adelaide.

For any assistance or further information whilst in Adelaide, the Visitor Information Office is located at 9 James Place, just off Rundle Mall and can be contacted on 1300 588 140.


Australia has often been described as a “land of droughts and flooding rains” and it has always had bushfires, (also described as ‘wildfires’). Worldwide coverage showed wildfires started in our Eastern States, exacerbated by the weather and drought, in August 2019. These conditions aren’t new to Australians. High temperatures and strong winds, combined with the lengthy drought and low moisture in the soil kept the fires blazing. The extreme heat came after the driest spring on record, and reports show we are experiencing drier, hotter and longer summers. Finally, into February, significant rains have come but some inaccessible fires in remote areas are still burning. Many fires have been downgraded.

Fire officers report that the majority of blazes were started by dry lightning storms, many in heavily wooded National Parks where the Australian native trees are highly combustible. The recent devastating bushfires impacted and burnt about 11 million hectares of land. It killed at least 50,000 livestock, burned more than 3,000 homes and the nation is mourning the deaths of 29 people. Sadly, it is estimated that a large number of native animals have also died. People overseas have been concerned by the images of fire and perhaps misled by maps suggesting that nearly the whole of our nation was ablaze, when in fact 2% of Australian land mass was affected. One consequence of these reports was many millions of dollars in bookings made by overseas tourists have been cancelled and current flight bookings are down by 30% to 40% in some of our tourism locations.

The good news is that THE ROSE GARDENS AND MAJORITY OF SCENIC PLACES which we have planned to visit during the 2022 WFRS World Rose Convention in Adelaide, and the Pre and Post-Convention tours throughout Australia, HAVE NOT BEEN AFFECTED by fires (with one exception a Rhododendron Garden in the Blue Mountains which is doing its best to recover).

In South Australia and New South Wales we will take you to some of the fire affected areas so that you can see how quickly our natural vegetation recovers from fire, and some trees are already regenerating.

The best thing our global rose friends can do to help us and our communities is to honour us with your attendance at the WFRS World Rose Convention in Australia in 2022.


The Adelaide Convention Centre is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre and nestled within the beauty of the Riverbank Precinct, surrounded by parklands and the River Torrens. The Centre is a world class venue containing multiple halls, banquet rooms, meeting rooms and outdoor spaces.

The centre is also within close proximity to the medical hub, entertainment, cultural and sport precincts and is also a short walk to international and boutique hotels and accommodation. Public transport, the Adelaide Railway Station and taxi ramps are also at the Centre’s doorstep. For more information, please visit the Adelaide Convention Centre website.


Conveniently located right next door to the Adelaide Convention Centre, the Intercontinental Adelaide is the perfect choice for your stay during the World Rose Convention.

This iconic Adelaide hotel on the River Torrens connects guests with everything that’s special about the city. Culinary feasts await at two award-winning restaurants: enjoy fresh seasonal cuisine at Riverside and Japanese specialties at Shiki.

An ideal city retreat, this Adelaide hotel boasts an outdoor pool and luxurious suites with breathtaking views. Step outside and you’re a short stroll from the cultural boulevard of North Terrace, Adelaide Festival Centre and redeveloped Adelaide Oval.

Please check back soon to book your 2022 accommodation!


Please contact the Convention Organisers with any queries:

All Occasions Group
12 Stirling Street

Thebarton, South Australia, Australia 5031
Phone: +61 8 8125 2200

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