Children's Open Weekend
Join us in the enchanting garden at Eryldene for a special children's weekend filled with family fun for the young and young at heart.
Bring the children in their favourite costumes and indulge their imaginations as they enjoy a range of creative activities including exploring the garden on our discovery tours with Dr Doolittle, the Waterhouse family's pet galah, and specially designed children's tours of the house to hear its stories.
Be amazed by the talent of Dizzy La La, a hula hooping diva, as she takes you through a hula hooping workshop. Then try your hand at potting a plant to take home, spend some time creating an art masterpiece to adorn Eryldene's unusual art gallery and enjoy an old fashionedd game of quoits.
And yes, there is a faery at the bottom of the garden! So come and help us pin the wand on our faery.
Remember to book a place at our CHILDREN'S HIGH TEA BUFFET filled with gorgeous treats, including a chocolate fountain.
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One hundred and one years ago in April 1914, Mr & Mrs Waterhouse and their first son Gordon, moved into their newly completed house at Eryldene. So began a lifetime of creativity and scholarship which culminated in the work of art we know as Eryldene today. Explore its beauty and history throughout this year through a program of events regularly updated on this website.
Eryldene is an early 20th century historic house and garden located at 17 McIntosh Street, Gordon in northern Sydney. It is recognised as one of the nation's most important heritage properties.
The house was designed by visionary architect William Hardy Wilson for Professor E G Waterhouse who created its internationally acclaimed camellia garden. Eryldene is listed on the National Estate and the New South Wales Heritage Register.
Eryldene was the family home of Professor Waterhouse and his wife Janet. It was built in 1914 for the Waterhouse's and their four sons. The family lived in the house until the death of Professor Waterhouse in 1977.
A private trust comprising family members, Ku-ring-gai Council, the Australian Camellia Research Society and concerned Sydney residents was established in 1979 to acquire and manage the property. The Eryldene Trust assumed ownership in 1981.
The garden is regarded as the spiritual home of the camellia in Australia. Professor Waterhouse planted, researched and propagated camellias earning him international recognition and bringing the camellia back to popularity in Australia.
Professor Waterhouse was also influential in the worlds of art, design, architecture and linguistics and during his life Eryldene became a lively centre for discussion and influence.
Eryldene is open throughout the year for open weekends and special events and is available for booked tours by groups. Click here to find out abour current open days and events.
The garden is also available for hire for weddings, family occasions, commercial events and photography shoots. Click on Venue Hire for more information.
One very important link to note:
Open Gardens Australia – a not for profit organisation that opens Australia’s most inspiring private gardens