Avondale 1

Rhynie (near Clare)

146 Avondale Road, Rhynie (near Clare)

Saturday 03 September 2022
Sunday 04 September 2022

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



The garden will open under covid guidelines. We encourage you to bring cash as EFTPOS facilities are not always available. 


Avondale is a relaxed, informal country garden where each spring, thousands upon thousands of beautiful bulbs in a myriad of different shades burst into flower adding a pop of living colour to the surrounding green hills.

The bulbs were first planted decades ago by the mother of the current owner and have been encouraged to multiply and naturalise over the years. Requiring no summer water and perfectly suited to the local climatic conditions, they have thrived and now each spring their foliage and flowers fill the garden and spill further down the hillside.

The approach to the house is bordered with a sea of deep blue Roman hyacinths contrasting with the soft creams of tazettas, jonquils and vibrant yellow daffodils.  Bluebells, grape hyacinths and triteleia in a palette of different blues blend with pastel perfumed freesias, snowflakes and colourful anemones, with delicate tulips, potted orchids and rockery plants adding yet more colour. Vivid carpets of tiny cyclamen in shades of white through to wine, carpet the ground beneath flowering shrubs and trees including several Manchurian pears and a pale pink prunus.

Silver birches not yet in leaf create a woodland feel and slate and grassy paths lead to several rocky pools linked with little waterfalls - the largest pond is alive with goldfish. Rustic seats crafted from logs and slate are placed to enjoy views of the garden, the drifts of flowering bulbs on the hillside below and the rural landscape beyond.

A joyous, cheerful garden in which to celebrate the arrival of spring.


Extra activities: Morning and afternoon tea will be offered; bulbs may be ordered for later delivery, with proceeds to charity. 

Please note: there are ponds and an unfenced dam some distance from the house. 

Size: 2 acres, 0.8 ha.

The nominated charities are: Leprosy Mission and World Vision Famine Relief.

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The standard entry fee is $10 adults, $8 concession on presentation of the Eligible Commonwealth Government concession cards (which are the Pensioner Concession Card and the Health Care Card, but not a Seniors Card).  The concession is also available on presentation of a Horticultural Tertiary student concession card for TAFE students.  OGSA Members, including current season Garden Owners are eligible for the $8 concession on presentation of their Membership card.

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