With a Spring Fair coming up on November 12, now is the perfect time to visit (or re-visit) one of our area’s lovely local landmarks.
Eryldene Historic House and Garden is located in Gordon. Designed by architect William Hardy Wilson, it was built in 1913-14 as the home for Professor EG Waterhouse and his wife Janet, and eventually their family of four boys. The house and garden illustrate a genteel, tranquil way of life that was devoted to culture, beauty, and good taste. The garden also contains Professor Waterhouse’s internationally recognised camellia collection.
Eryldene is now run by a community Trust and supported by a dedicated group of volunteers. The volunteers tend to the house and gardens and facilitate events to ensure the wider community can access and enjoy all that Eryldene has to offer. As an independent charity, the Eryldene Trust receives no ongoing funding from any government or other organisation and needs to raise the funds necessary for its conservation via events, donations, grants, and sponsorships. Community support is vital to sustain Eryldene into the future.
Eryldene is a place of significant history with a modern story of sustainability. Eryldene is one of the first historic house and gardens to develop its own Environmental Sustainability Action Plan, assessing the risks of climate change and preparing policies that will conserve and adapt the gardens in longer hotter weather and the roofs in the increasing torrential downpours. In March we held a global webinar with historic gardens from the US and UK and across Australia sharing their climate change experiences, You can listen to the presentations on the Eryldene website.
OPEN GARDEN FRIDAYS / GARDEN TOURS:
Take a tour with a garden volunteers to hear how the Eryldene garden was created and how Professor Waterhouse assembled one of Australia’s most important camellia collections. Plus, learn about how we’re adapting our garden to cope with the changing climate. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a homemade treat on the loggia afterwards.
Remaining dates for 2023: 10th November, 8th December.
SPRING OPEN DAY – 12TH NOVEMBER 2023:
Enjoy a special Spring Open Day under the beloved jacarandas. Plants from the Eryldene garden will be for sale and special guests Camellia R Us will have some uncommon camellias for sale, along with plant care and pruning advice. House and Garden Tours will be available, and the Collectables Stall and Garden Café will also be open – selling retro finds and home-made treats from our dedicated volunteers.
Gates open from 10:00am-3:00pm.
Eryldene is a lively school excursion venue aimed at exciting children’s curiosity about the past and widening their understanding of family life in Ku ring gai in the first half of the twentieth century. Students will enjoy a variety of hands-on experiences during and after the visit.
If you have an event coming up, keep Eryldene in mind as an enchanting, secluded option in leafy Gordon. Our newly created Venue Hire and Private/Commercial Photography packages are now available, and you’ll find us better prepared than ever to help your event come to life!
Address: 17 McIntosh Street, Gordon
Call: 0422 596 292
For more news about what’s happening in Gordon read our latest article here.