I started working in the Buda garden doing community service in 2002. I enjoyed it so much that when the initial term finished, I continued to come in to work, and have been there ever since.
I enjoy the history at Buda and can easily relate to the Leviny family as I grew up with a lot of creativity around me.
My mother was a dressmaker who made wedding gowns and my father was an artist and also made costumes for the theatre, so I was surrounded by creativity which sparked a strong interest in art and history.
I really enjoy gardening and when I talk to friends about Buda I say ‘where else can you work in a really nice garden in the middle of Castlemaine that has 160 years of history associated with it?’. It is quite unique, very different from say the botanical gardens, and I like the casual, relaxed and semi-wild feel of the garden – there is nowhere else like it.
A few years I also worked on a project in the house doing computer data entry from the cataloguing worksheets relating to the house collection. This was fascinating and gave me other insights into the Leviny family, as well as the opportunity have a closer look at some the objects, which I found very interesting.
The social aspect of working at Buda is most enjoyable. Meeting people, mostly new volunteers, makes it more interesting and is a very important part of the place I think. I don’t get out to meet new people a lot and Buda gives me that opportunity.