Eden Gardens in Ryde, Sydney – A Family-Friendly Destination Garden Centre

I recently posted on the gorgeous Dragonfly Cafe at Eden Gardens in Ryde, but wanted to show you some more photos of this delightful destination garden centre which won the 2013 state award for Best Lifestyle Garden Centre at the Nursery & Garden Industry (NGINA) annual awards.

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Kids will absolutely love a visit to Eden Gardens. There’s the playground, the cafe, a sculpture walk and so many other lovely places for kids to play.

And you can also get all the gardening advice you need…  not to mention heaps of inspiration on gardening sustainably.

The latest addition to Eden Gardens is the Edible Pavilion, which you’ll find as you walk into the centre.  If you’re thinking of growing fruit and veggies in the backyard or even in a pot or two on your balcony, this is the place to start.

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Who knows, you might end up with a lush vertical garden before you know it.

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Families will love the City Farm garden kit, everything you need to get started growing fruit and veggies for the family.

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School holiday activities, garden-themed craft and games for preschoolers, gardening classes for adults, art classes… there’s all this and more. Check out the What’s On Calendar on the Eden Gardens website at:  www.edengardens.com.au

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I need one of these wombat rubbish bins – too sweet.
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Most groovy veggie patch ever.
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A vertical garden in the Edible Pavilion.
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Who doesn’t adore a window box?
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This is the herb I need in my veggie patch.
Eden Gardens, Edible Garden launch. June 17th, 2014. Photo by Brianne Makin
The Edible Pavilion has a space for talks and cooking demonstrations
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These cheeky dogs are in the children’s playground.
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Children can slide down into the playground, but look out for the dinosaur!
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The beehive cubby is a much-loved favourite.
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So too are the lollipop sculptures.

So there you have it, a top spot on Sydney’s north shore for children of all ages… and their mums and dads and grannies and grandads too.

Have you visited Eden Gardens with the families?

Do you grown your own fruit and veggies?

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  1. says: Rebecca (Little Munch)

    We love Eden Gardens & the cafe…I love that you can spend most of the morning or afternoon there as there is so much to see and do. Service at the cafe was a bit “off” last time I went, must go back ASAP to see if it has got better.

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Hello Rebecca! It’s a good spot, isn’t it? You’ll have to let them know if that happens next time, the owners would be keen to have everything running smoothly, I’m sure. Cafe must get very busy indeed. Do you have any good garden centres on your blog? Would you like to leave any links here in the comments??

      1. says: Rebecca (Little Munch)

        Greenshades at Galston is excellent and Flower Power at Glenhaven is good. Both have playgrounds and cafes! Swanes at Dural also have a cafe and loads of gardens for kids to run around in!

  2. says: Hotly Spiced

    It’s a fantastic concept. I think I watched a documentary about the man who owns it. His father made all his money through Aristocat – selling poker machines. This is a much better way to make your money xx

    1. says: Seana Smith

      I met the husband and wife team who own the place, they’re lovely and very proud to have been running the business for ten years now. A big commitment to do all that and make it so community friendly as well, they support some charities too…. and serve a fab lunch.

  3. First of all, I love your headline image! Smart and practical tips from a tree 🙂 Second, thanks for capturing unique ways of planting. Last, thanks for showing me this fun place and made me feel like a child again!

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    1. says: Seana Smith

      It’s a lovely mixture of gardens to explore, shop and eatery, very large and central for many of Sydney suburbs. Winner!

  4. says: DesireEmpire

    It’s a great spot Seana. I go there a bit because it’s near mums. I really like the homewares and the cafe. There’s lots of interest for kids too as you say.

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