Avondale 2

Rhynie (near Riverton)

146 Avondale Road, Rhynie

Saturday 05 October 2019
Monday 07 October 2019

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



October long weekend - opening all three days


Congratulations to Avondale! This season will be the 20th year and the 24th 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!


Opening for the second time this season, there are still thousands of flowering bulbs giving a stunning late spring display of colour but Avondale looks very different than it did four weeks earlier!

On the hill amongst the trees and grass there are now drifts of deep red, pink, orange and white sparaxis contrasting with the softer more muted tones of hundreds of cream, gold, and purple pink freesias.

The silver birches have their delicate new leaves and under some of the cut-leaved variety, several pink azaleas are flowering. A line of Manchurian pears along a slate path is underplanted with scattered clumps of Spanish bluebells. Beyond is a group of big old pears planted in 1945, a large pink flowered Rugosa rubra rose and masses of bluebells that have colonised and now appear as a sea of beautiful blue.

There are potted Cymbidium orchids in the sundial garden and weather permitting, hopefully a dozen clumps of the frilly edged ‘Lemon Lace’ tulips will also be in flower.

Slate and grassy paths link areas of the garden and lead to a series of five waterfalls and rocky pools, the largest filled with a family of goldfish.

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


Size: 2 acres, 0.8ha

Extra activities: A smaller order with different bulbs offered will be available at this opening.

Please note: about half of the garden can be seen from a wheelchair, but access to some areas is difficult. There are also ponds and waterfalls.

The nominated charities for this garden are the Christian Blind Mission and World Vision Famine Relief.

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General entry to each garden is $8 and $6 for OGSA Members and for those with a Commonwealth Government Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card (not Seniors Cards). Current Season Garden Owners and TAFE Horticultural Tertiary students are also entitled to the $6 concessional entry. Children Under 18 are FREE. These cards must be shown at the gate.

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