The Garden

This gold rush era home set on 3 acres of original established gardens has much to attract the keen gardener, as well as anyone wishing to step back in time and relax in the gentle surrounds of an historic country estate.

The Buda garden is one of the most significant large nineteenth century, early twentieth century gardens surviving in Victoria. It is significant for the compartmentalised nature of the layout, relative intactness and for the survival of two notable garden buildings, the aviary and the former tennis pavilion.

The Heritage listed drylands garden reflects the lifestyle and creative aspirations of the two generations of owners and evokes qualities associated with the provincial towns and cities in the Victorian Goldfields. Fashionable elements vary from elaborate Victorian-style flower beds to the simple geometry of the formal garden reflecting early 20th century tastes. A walk through the garden offers a rare insight into into the typical conditions of these gardens. Heavy watering, overemphasis on soil building or other moves to attain the lush effect seen in cooler districts are carefully avoided, as variability and extremes of the climate are essential to the story of the Buda Garden.

Most of the plants brought into the garden since the 1860s have remained to form a unique heritage collection. The garden was developed in an era when no reticulated water supply was available and so was planted to cope with summer drought. Extensive plantings of bulbs that have been left to naturalise bring the garden alive with spring colour.

The Buda nursery has its origins as a stock of replacement plants all grown from seeds, cuttings, bulbs, corms or tubers collected from our historic garden.