Today's public park owes its origin to the Zadar conservator and artist Giovanni Smirich, who formed it as a private park around his family home. The park covers an area of 7 152 m2 and is decorated in the style of an English garden.
This type of exterior design dates back to the 18th century and is characterized by the effort to create an irregular and spontaneous layout of the park that is close to the natural and organic layouts. Classical informal English gardens emerged as an opposition to the, then widespread, symmetrical strict French gardens. Although the English type of garden gives the impression of unrestrained nature in which among the winding paths there are caves, details from the past, ruins and exotic elements, it is still carefully designed.
Giovanni Smirich filled this space with elements that evoke the historicist and romantic ecstasy characteristic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The garden of Villa Attilia respects the natural shape of the terrain, so the space differs between the upper and lower part of the garden, which are connected by a main path and a shallow staircase in the central axis leading from the front door to the porch. The upper part is filled with plants and trees along the paths while the lower part consists of a lawn on which there are various decorative elements.
Trees, shrubs and flowers that are planted in the park, among others, are: firs, pines, cypresses, acacia, carob, laurel, rosemary, tamaris, ferns, aromatic herbs, agave. Among the rich vegetation composed of various Mediterranean species there are several hidden elements: a small pond, a bench with relievo, a semicircular bench, an artificial cave and a sculpture of a sphinx as the most intriguing element in the area.