Avondale 2

Rhynie (near Clare)

146 Avondale Road, Rhynie (near Clare)

Saturday 30 September 2023
Monday 02 October 2023

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



Open October long weekend - all three days. 

Please bring cash as EFTPOS facilities are not always available. 


After opening for 23 years and often twice in a year, Avondale will share the arrival of spring and the garden’s beautiful spectacle of bulbs in flower for the last time. First opened in 1997 by the current owner’s mother, Avondale has been enjoyed by visitors for 30 openings and over the years has raised much appreciated funds for charity.

Sincere thanks to Heather for this remarkable achievement, for her long association with Open Gardens and commitment to sharing her garden so many times.

Avondale is an informal and relaxed country garden where each spring the blooms of thousands upon thousands of bulbs create a spectacular spring display. Opening for a second time this season, the early bulbs have finished and now the later flowering varieties make a different but equally lovely show of colour.

The bulbs were first planted decades ago by the mother of the current owner. 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 create splashes of color on the grassy slope of the hill below. Like a living tapestry, the merging drifts of deep red, pink, orange and white sparaxis contrast with the softer more muted tones of hundreds of perfumed cream, gold and purple freesias.

Several pink azaleas and an old rugosa rose are underplanted with masses of bluebells that have colonised and now appear as a sea of beautiful blue.

There are potted cymbidium orchids under a huge silver birch and weather permitting, hopefully in the sundial garden a dozen clumps of the delicate frilly-edged ‘Lemon Lace’ tulips will be in flower, contrasting beautifully with the bluebells. Several ponds edged with mossy rocks and linked with little waterfalls are home to a large family of goldfish.

Rustic seats crafted from logs and slate are placed to enjoy views of the garden, the drifts of flowering bulbs on the slope below and further afield, the rolling hills and rural landscape.

A cheerful relaxed garden in which to enjoy Nature’s amazing spectacle of bulb colour and beauty.



  • Morning and afternoon tea;
  • Bulbs can be ordered, with proceeds to charity.

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

Size: 2 acres, 0.8ha

The nominated charities for this garden are the Leprosy Mission and Christian Blind Mission.

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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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