Avondale 1

Rhynie (near Riverton)

146 Avondale Road, Rhynie

Saturday 31 August 2019
Sunday 01 September 2019

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



Congratulations to Avondale! This season will be the 20th year, and 23rd time Heather has opened her garden and shared the arrival of spring with thousands of visitors, also generously donating all funds raised to a range of charities! This is a remarkable achievement and all involved with Open Gardens SA thank you!

Avondale is an informal country garden transformed each year in spring when masses of beautiful bulbs burst into flower creating a patch of colour on the surrounding green woodland.

The bulbs were planted decades ago by the mother of the current owner and since then have been encouraged to multiply and naturalise within and beyond the confines of the garden, their sheer mass making a spectacular spring show.

The blue flowers of muscari, hyacinths and bluebells blend with drifts of perfumed freesias, snowflakes and many varieties of daffodils against a backdrop of mature ornamental trees. Vivid carpets of tiny cyclamen, dainty tulips, orchids and rockery plants add yet more colour beneath flowering shrubs and trees; several May bushes, a bright blue native hibiscus, purple toned perennial wallflowers, several white flowering Manchurian pears and a pale pink prunus.

Under silver birches not yet in leaf, slate and grassy paths link areas and lead to a series of rocky pools with little waterfalls - the largest pond is home to a family of goldfish.

Rustic seats crafted from logs and slate are placed to enjoy views of the garden and the rural landscape beyond.

A delightful garden in which to celebrate the arrival of spring!


Extra activities: Bulbs may be ordered for later delivery. Potted plants for sale.

Size: 2 acres, 0.8 ha.

Please note: there are ponds and waterfalls on the property, and probably 50% of the garden can be seen from a wheelchair, but access to some areas is difficult.

The nominated charities are Christian Blind Mission, and World Vision Famine Relief.

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