The 2024 Josine McEwan fundraising dinner

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The 2024 Josine McEwan fundraising dinner

July 27 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

$70 – $80

Creative Heritage Gardens in a changing world. Andrew Laidlaw

Come and join us for a 3 course winter meal for the annual Josine McEwan fund-raising dinner with our Andrew Laidlaw, Landscape Architect with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

The late Josine McEwan was a volunteer in the garden at Buda Historic Home & Garden in Castlemaine.  Knowing how important Buda is to the region and wanting it to remain open for future generations to enjoy, Josine left a generous bequest to Buda when she passed away in 2006. Since 2007 an annual lecture and fundraising dinner has been conducted in Josine’s memory.

Andrew Laidlaw is Landscape Architect at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (responsible for the design and implementation of numerous landscape projects at Melbourne Gardens), a Director of The Diggers Club Board, and the principal Designer for the Global Gardens of Peace project.

This year’s lecture presented by Andrew looks at how heritage and contemporary design work together and that both can support each other and need to provide the best outcomes for our gardens. History, sustainability, wellbeing, first nations, living collections, health and saftey and costs are all part of the complex layers in designing public space we must consider. In this changing world our gardens cannot afford to remain static, Gardens and their management must be creative in what experiences and engagement they provide. He will draw on his Botanic Gardens and private work and look at ways to find contemporary solutions to energising our landscapes.


The dinner includes a glass of bubbly on arrival followed by a delicious and seasonal three course winter meal.

Please let us know by email if you have dietary requirements.


Grazing platter provided by the Buda Team

Alternating mains provided by Lela Rudinica catering

Chicken involtini  (Chicken in a parcel)
Lamb Shwarma (Roast lamb with spicy marinade served in slices) 
Layered veg cake 
Potato gratin
Roasted pumpkin
Turkish green beans
Basque Cheesecake (baked, gluten free and a bit lemony)
Pistachio nut cake
Both cakes to be served with a dollop of cream.



July 27
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$70 – $80


Buda Historic Home and Garden
42 Hunter St
CASTLEMAINE, VIC 3450 Australia
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5472 1032
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