630 Riversdale Road, Camberwell

Saturday 5 October, 2019 to
Sunday 6 October, 2019

10.00am - 4.30pm

Entry $10  Students $5  Under 18 free

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This is an unexpected gem hidden behind a screen of plants on busy Riversdale Road. The elegant and beautifully maintained two-acre garden surrounds an impressive Italianate Victorian mansion, providing a rare glimpse of life in gracious nineteenth-century Melbourne.

The ’villa garden’ was developed soon after the completion of the mansion and features an oval lawn formed by the carriage drive, a tennis court with original pavilion built in 1890, the elaborate timber picket fence and well-established tree and shrubs species of the era.

Over time, the garden underwent many changes which diverted from the original design of the Victorian era garden. Since 1995 the present owners have rejuvenated the garden to its original glory. Garden renovations have been created around seven specific themes including a fern garden, tropical garden, cherry walk, woodland garden, hot perennial border, grey border and a winter border. A tree replacement program has been implemented, replacing former inappropriate trees with species of the Victorian era. Along with significant historic trees there are unusual species, azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias. Rich borders of shrubs and perennials flank generous lawns.  It is a garden to spend time in.

Additional activities:

  • Opera performances in the garden by singers from the Melba Opera Trust at 12.00 noon and 2.00pm on both days
  • Talks on Astolat's bees by the Beekeeper – times to be advised
  • Scotchmans Hill wine tasting and sales from midday both days (

Local area attractions:

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Melba Opera Trust.

Garden Notes

Information and advice on garden visiting

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