The Garden was established to celebrate the centenary of Morwell Shire/City in 1992 from a suggestion by Cr Martin Hill. A steering Committee was formed and Barry Johnson, a former president of both the Victorian and Australian Rose Societies, was asked to assist the volunteers to create a beautiful rose garden. The Morwell City Council, which has since become part of the City of Latrobe, offered three locations for consideration, including the chosen site of the Norman Sharpe Reserve. This had been a cutting for the Morwell to Mirboo North railway line which had been closed.
Following ten months of hard work by volunteers and Office of Correction staff, along with generous support from local businesses, contractors, service clubs, Morwell Council and The Rose Society of Victoria the garden was opened in November 1992.