In 1916 Alfred Buxton designed the garden, then known as Te Rangi Pai. The name was changed to Dursley in the 1930s, but the lines of Buxton’s landscaping are still apparent today.
A 1917 arbutus and weeping birch give stature, with some original rose bushes featuring among the 300 now growing throughout the garden. Many other established trees, underplanted with bulbs, form a woodland carpeted with spring bulbs, including daffodils, bluebells, galanthus and grape hyacinths, then drifts of cyclamens in autumn. Long views under the trees are retained naturally, with pathways through azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and tree peonies.
In summer, hundreds of lillies of 15–20 varieties feature throughout the woodland area, and a very large clump of California “tree” poppies are striking when in full bloom. Three herbaceous borders are sited to provide views from the house. When the Callaghans took over the garden in 1972 they removed seven truckloads of debris before beginning to recover the garden area around the flowing driveway. Care has been taken not to plant out the panoramic views to the hills, appreciated from the seats where visitors can sit and listen to the birds in the quiet, tranquil atmosphere.
Call and pre-book a delicious Devonshire Tea. You can also stay at Dursley - a beautfully hosted B&B. The easy 20 minute drive from Masterton to Dursley takes you through rolling countryside and farms.