Riversdale’s garden revival

The National Trust garden at Riversdale has been restored and revived thanks to keen volunteers and happy coincidences. FRANCES SIMONS finds 170-year-old trees and plants cultivated from those chosen a century ago when she visits the flourishing Goulburn garden.

Stroll through Riversdale’s garden and prepare to be transported to earlier times. At each turn of the white-gravelled path, through drifts of iris, aquilegia, poppies and salvias, past arches of heady-scented roses and sweet pea, into shady groves of pearl bush, honeysuckle and viburnum, it’s easy to imagine an Edwardian lady gathering roses in her trug, a waistcoated gardener forking vegetable beds, or button-booted children larking on the lawn.