Owned by the Burston family for generations, the land on which Ashcombe Maze now stands started out as a cattle and sheep property – part of one of the original farms on the Mornington Peninsula. The Burston’s planted the oldest trees still remaining on the property – the Cypress trees – more than 100 years ago as windbreaks. They also planted the majestic Lombardy poplars over 60 years ago and established parts of the original garden.
In the 1970s the property was further sub-divided and sold to John and Sally Daly who transformed it by establishing acres of gardens full of Australian native plants. They built the original Maze Café (using mud bricks made from the clay in Lake Ashcombe) used more than ten thousand tons of granite rock from the local Arthurs Seat Quarry for landscaping and created a stream. The foundations for the hedge maze were laid in the late 1970's along with mass plantings of conifers & deciduous trees. The Rose Maze was planted in 1988.
But it wasn’t until the Bortoli Family took over as Maze Keepers in the late 1990s that the extended gardens became open to the public. Since then, the Lavender Labyrinth & display gardens were created; the Gardeners tool shed was converted into the "Cypress Cottage" Gift Shop (made from trees grown on the property) and the Centre garden was remodeled to include its famous fountain. The work continues…
"The great thing about working with nature is seeing the results!"