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Lilia Weatherly  : 02-March-2013
Lilia Weatherly : 02-March-2013

Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland

The Pink Iceberg Rose Garden commemorates rosarian Lilia Weatherly who developed the ‘Pink Iceberg’,  'Brilliant Pink Iceberg’ and ‘Light Touch’ roses.

When rosarian Lilia Weatherly noticed a pink mutation on one of her White Iceberg rose bushes, she knew it was special. White Iceberg is the world's biggest selling rose, and there had never been mutations of it from which to develop pink and other coloured varieties.

Several years later, she sent the mutation away to a nursery to be propagated further. However, she said, 'I knew enough to try to protect my rights in it before letting any bud wood go off my property, so I started to put plant breeder's rights in place'.

To facilitate the application process, she became a PBR (Planter Breeders Rights) Office approved non-consultant qualified person to undertake the comparative growing to establish that the variety was distinct, uniform and stable. 

When the initial 'acceptance' of 'Pink Iceberg' was published several nurseries approached Lilia wanting to market 'Pink Iceberg'. She established an agency relationship with one in New South Wales.

The discovery and protection of 'Pink Iceberg' rapidly transformed what was essentially a hobby into a successful hybridising business. Lilia devoted much of her time to developing new hybrids. 'Pink Iceberg' has sported to create 'Brilliant Pink Iceberg', which has, in turn, sported to 'Burgundy Iceberg'. These sports are protected under PBR too.

The PBR system enabled Lilia Weatherly's family company to receive royalties on 'Pink Iceberg' for 20 years. She said: 'Without PBR protection, unscrupulous commercial propagators would have fleeced us of our new varieties and undermined our success'. 




Address:Main & Boxhill Roads, Pink Iceberg Rose Garden, Claremont, 7011
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.791688
Long: 147.254287
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:September-1998
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Pink Iceberg Rose Garden

This garden celebrates the work of rosarian Lilia Weatherly of Austins Ferry, who developed roses 
‘Pink Iceberg’  
'Brilliant Pink Iceberg’  
 ‘Light Touch’

Officially opened by Ben Swane

Glenorchy City Council    September 98

Source: MA
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