A heritage rose garden is being developed at Saumarez Homestead by members of the Australian Garden History Society (NthNSW sub branch) on the site of the former orchard at Saumarez, with encouragement from the National Trust. Some 850 significant roses have been donated by a local Armidale resident, Miss Catherine MacLean, from her own garden. The local sub-branch has undertaken to construct and maintain the rose garden and transplant the roses. It is intended that the garden will tell the history of the development of the rose through the planting, signage and information booklet which will be produced.
In return the National Trust of Australia (NSW) has installed a basic watering system and organised mulch supplied by the local Armidale/Dumaresq Council.