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EVERGLADES HOUSE & GARDEN 

Address: 37 Everglades Avenue
Phone: 02 4784 1938
Hours: Open daily March to September 10am–4pm, October to February 10am–5pm
(entry fee)

Perched along the edge of the escarpment, Everglades is truly a mountain destination for a day-trip. Views out to the edge are stunning. This is the perfect season for a walk up and down the 'lanes' of a gorgeous cool-mountain garden.  Lunch or tea is available in the art deco tearoom or courtyard daily – tea, coffee, cakes, sweets and old-fashioned fare. Book in advance is our advice.

 

     Everglades House in Snow

 

Danish-born Paul Sorensen designed these park-like gardens with million-dollar views into the Jamison Valley in 1933 for owner and Sydney businessman, Henri Van de Velde. A workforce of 60 men built miles of curving dry-pack retaining walls – Sorenson’s signature – and gently sloping paths. A property this size requires a staff to maintain it and in 1962 the National Trust of Australia purchased the property.

 

   

 

In spring, red tulips and yellow daffodils fill the gardens along the Upper Drive and in autumn the golden arch of the Garden Theatre is in perfect harmony with the muted gold and reds among the trees. The winter scene is no less beautiful – leafless trees and empty flowerbeds offer us a barren landscape but the view to the magnificent sandstone escarpment is a magnificent backdrop. The gardens regardless of the season are a magical place for all.

 

In 2018-19, the grand old house and gardens will host a series of ‘happenings’ – art exhibitions, Easter-egg hunts and several sophisticated events properly staged and open to the public. In January 2019, Everglades, as it has since 2010, hosts the Leura Shakespeare Festival for consecutive weekends commencing 12 January.

 

  'War of the Roses'

 

The Art Deco house and gardens, perhaps as they were in Van de Velde’s day, will come alive with festivities and entertainments – merrymakers all!

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