This gold rush era home set on 1.2 hectures of original established gardens has much to attract keen the gardener, as well as anyone wishing to step back in time and relax in the gentle surrounds of an historic country estate.
A walk through the garden offers a rare insight into the ideals and aspirations of two generations of a family of keen gardeners. Fashionable elements vary from elaborate Victorian-style flower beds to the simple geometry of the formal garden reflecting early 20th century tastes. Most of the plants brought into the garden since the 1860s have remained to form a unique heritage collection.
The gardens and grounds at Buda are significant:
as one of the most significant large nineteenth or early twentieth century suburban gardens surviving in Victoria;
for the compartmentalised nature of the layout and relative intactness of those constituent elements from periods which contribute to the overall significance of the property;
for the survival of two highly significant garden buildings (viz, aviary and former tennis pavilion) and a range of other structures and hard landscape elements;
for the manner in which it reflects the lifestyle and creative aspirations of the two generations of owners;
for the manner in which it evokes qualities particularly associated with the provincial towns and cities in Victoria's central goldfields area.
Buda Conservation Analysis and Policies Nigel Lewis and Associates, August 1988
The Tennis Pavilion Gardener trimming the Cypress hedge Picking flowers in the Buda garden
Panorama of the Pleasure Garden in early spring
The Tennis Pavilion in Spring The Grape Arbour - Late summer The Courtyard with Bird Aviary - Late summer