Bolobek garden open

Bolobek is a unique working farm (supplied).

The unique Bolobek working farm with its gardens and a rich social and agricultural history will open to the public at the end of the month.

Open Gardens Victoria will open the gardens to the public on April 27 and 28, which is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as having “aesthetic, architectural, historic, and horticultural importance to the state of Victoria.”

Bolobek was established more than a century ago by Oswald Syme, the youngest son of David Syme, founder of The Age newspaper.

Mildred, Oswald’s wife, directed the creation of the original garden, and many of the trees and shrubs remain from that time, including rows of lindens, mature poplars, and oaks that provide the garden’s backdrop.

Since 2006, current owners Brigid and Hugh Robertson have invested passion and energy into the continuing renovation and rejuvenation of the property.

“We arrived at Bolobek in 2006 in the middle of a severe drought,” Brigid said.

“So the first couple of years were spent maintaining and observing the garden. It was obvious that one of the most important requirements was a new watering system.

“There was also a significant amount of tree remediation and replanting that was needed.”

Other works completed include the replanting of the old orchard, the development of a vegetable and picking garden and the renovation of the stream adjacent to the oak lawn.

The open garden will take place from 10am to 4.30pm on both days. Tickets for adults are $15, tertiary students $10 (with ID) and under 18s are free.