When all is said and done

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is over and Terry reflects on another fantastic year for the Rose Gardens at Flemington. He explains how there is little chance to rest as the team are straight back out the Monday after Stakes Day to begin the next phase of cutting back. Despite such a successful Carnival Terry is already looking ahead to next year and how his team can improve the Rose Gardens to make them bigger and better than ever.

The Roses

A video series sponsored by Seasol International showcasing Flemington's famous Rose Gardens.


The History of the Rose Gardens

An overview of the Rose Gardens at Flemington Racecourse and how they have grown to become what they are today. The Keeper of the Roses, Terry Freeman, talks through the history of the Rose Gardens and why they are such an integral part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.


Terry Freeman: The Keeper of the Roses

This episode focuses on Terry Freeman’s story and his 40-year career at Flemington Racecourse. Terry explains when he started working at Flemington, how his passion for roses has grown over the years and why the Melbourne Cup Carnival is such a special time of the year. He also tells some of his favourite stories from over the years.


The People who have supported Terry

Still focusing on Terry, we hear the stories of those who have worked closest with him and those who know him best. His assistant, Mick Ryan, who has worked at the Gardens 26 years, former Racecourse Manager, Ron King, and former VRC Chairman, Rod Fitzroy, share their stories about how they first met Terry and the important role he has played in the continued success of the Rose Gardens.


The Tough Winter

The Rose Gardens at Flemington go through a huge transformation during the winter. This episode focuses on the work that goes on during the winter months and how Terry and his team prepare the gardens for the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Terry admits that even after 41 years he still gets nervous that the roses will bloom on time but confirms that everything is on track for this year.


Time for Bloom

The roses are out in all their glory and the hard work from Terry and his team over the last 12 months has come to fruition. We speak to Terry about his feelings on the eve of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and focus on the amazing buzz around Flemington as Melbourne’s biggest social event is held in a rose garden.