The Open Gardens organisation in Victoria hosted a plant fair at Bolobek, a property at Mt Macedon, on 5-6 March 2011.
Oswald Syme, son of The Age editor David Syme, bought the property in 1911 and established its first garden. Many trees and much of the original garden design still survive.
The property has changed hands several times in the last century and for some years fell into disrepair. The current owners, Brigid and Hugh Robertson, are gradually restoring and adding to the 3.6 ha garden.
Helen and I visited on Saturday, spent several hours wandering around and chatting with random strangers, and came away with quite a swag of interesting bits and pieces for our respective gardens.
- 2-page brochure with design layout and description of the garden (PDF) published by the Heritage Council
- Article in the Weekly Times about the Bolobek garden, with comments by Brigid Robertson
- Article in Australian Garden History (PDF) by Neil Robertson, with photos of the property in the Symes’ time
- Australia’s Open Garden Scheme