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Eden Gardens North Ryde

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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published October 22nd 2012
A garden oasis in the urban jungle
We live in the inner city. We don't have much of a yard, so often in the holidays we venture out to wide open spaces. Sometimes, however, I just have to get things done - we have to visit the dentist or some other boring but necessary activity.

On those days, I try to build in something outdoors for the kids, but easy and enjoyable for me. Eden Gardens at North Ryde is just that.

It has a shop for all your gardening requirements, it has a cafe if you time your visit over lunch, there is an art gallery, a kids playground, as well as activities, workshops and courses.
What we like best about it, however, is the myriad of display gardens. My inner city brood like to follow the different paths, choosing where to explore next.


There are lawns to run on, exotic flowers to examine, towers to climb, bridges to cross, bamboo to hide in, ponds and stepping stones. There are plenty of seats and benches in picturesque gardens, looking onto bush, if you care to take your time. You would never believe you were in between arterial roads in the centre of Sydney.

It's a really pleasant way to spend an hour or so in a relaxing and manageable setting. Entry into the gardens is free and there is on site parking. The restaurant gets busy, so book in advance.

[ADVERT]However, I have a word of warning to those who haven't visited, while entry is free, I've yet to leave the shop empty handed, so bring your wallet!
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Why? Great place to learn more about gardening, get gardens supplies, have a lovely meal and for the kids to explore something different
When: 9am - 5pm 7 days a week
Phone: 02 9491 9900
Where: 301-307 Lane Cove Road, North Ryde
Cost: Free - until you buy something!
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