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Daffodils at Rydal

Roads to Rydal

Country Gardens

Wander through our country gardens and enjoy the large plantings of daffodils and other flowers of early Spring.

Chapel House

A garden that is extensive, enchanting and everevolving – nine park-like acres, with plantings too numerous to mention. Ornamental lakes with resident geese and mass plantings of daffodils. Mike and Jo Maxwell invite you to stroll around this beautiful garden. Picnickers are welcome.

2006, 2009 & 2010 Tidy Towns Awards


Lyn and Paul Mahoney invite you to enjoy this country garden with its impressive old trees and thousands of daffodils set around an 1860s cottage.

Bark Ridge

Lindsay and Laurie Green have daffodils – you can easily see ten thousand at a glance. Other bulbs enrich the display. Enjoy the fire in the Bark Ridge barn. Picknickers welcome.


A very old homestead set high on the hills along Anarel Road. The owners, Gavan and Leslie Schneider, invite you to visit their interesting and varied garden plantings. Proceeds from garden entries support the Lithgow Cancer Support group and the Lithgow Uniting Care group.

The Railway Garden Shop

Local homemade jams, mustards, chutneys, fudge and lemon butter. Gifts, daffodil mugs, cards and locally grown olive oil and wine. Search the preloved book stall for your favourite author.

Cover photograph, “Bush Daffodils” by B Hanson

Brochure design by Alphabet Soup Australia Pty Ltd – 0413 058 754 Printed by CW Print, Lithgow – 02 6351 4806

Our thanks for support to: Lithgow City Council Delta Electricity Coates Mitre 10 Zig Zag Motel Woolworths, Coles

Contact Lindsay 6359 3237 or 9416 1153 Helen 6355 6360 For more information. email:

A full music program ranging from a Big Brass Band to a Highland Pipe Band with venues and performance times will be available with your entry ribbon. There is no extra cost.



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Where to Eat

Greg Featherstone Park, Rydal. The Rydal cooks have morning and afternoon tea – Devonshire tea or slices. There will be sausage sandwiches, steak sandwiches, bacon and egg rolls and warming soups. Tea, coffee and lunches will be available at the Bark Ridge garden on the Rydal/ Hampton Road. Great picnic spots are the Greg Featherstone Park, Pioneers Park and the country gardens of Chapel House and Bark Ridge.

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11 & 12 / 18 & 19 September 2010 Enjoy the Village Experience Gardens | Music | History | Food

About Rydal

Entry Fee & Information

Rydal is a pretty village set in rolling rural countryside. It was named after a village in England where the poet William Wordsworth lived. His poem “The Daffodils” has helped make these lovely flowers popular throughout the world. Rydal won 2006, 2009 and 2010 Tidy Towns Awards. It has some wonderful heritage buildings dating from the time Rydal was the terminus of the Western Railway.

An entry fee of $10 will give you admission to all the gardens, the music and other attractions. Proceeds from the garden entries support Lithgow Cancer Support and Lithgow Uniting Care groups. You can pay the entry fee at the Information Centre in the Rydal Village or at any of the country gardens. The Information Centre is located at the Railway Station, on the main street.

Opening Details

Garden Village

Gardens and village attractions are open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays 11, 12 September and 18, 19 September. Midweek group visits are also possible by arrangement on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Start at the Information Centre near the Railway Station and follow the marked walking trail to see the public gardens and historic buildings with displays. The private gardens you can visit include:

Rose Cottage A cottage garden which wraps around the oldest remaining cottage in the village c1860. Featuring many bulbs and early perennials. Roses romp later in Spring. Features include a beautiful dovecote.

Rydal Cottage A restored lovely old cottage on two acres of land and owned by Carol Lyons. The garden has been extensively and creatively planted with daffodils and many other bulbs. Other gardens include Rydal Mount (the old school – 1869) where there is a new daffodil pathway through the property. You can visit Elen and Linsey Featherstone’s garden with its rustic charm. Both the churches in the village will be open with displays.

Daffodils at rydal  
Daffodils at rydal