The original owner of the house, Georgina Stonier, christened her mountain home The Everglades in 1923. The reason for the name is not self-evident as she is not known to have visited Florida and the Leura site lacks swamps and alligators! But when the Van de Veldes took ownership of the property in the 1930 they kept the name.The gardens were constructed in the 1930s by Danish-born landscape gardener Paul Sorensen and are Australia's most spectacular inter-war period gardens receiving acclaim from garden lovers worldwide.
A stroll along formal European-style terraces and winding paths will reveal the many moods of Everglades, from the tranquil Reflection Pool amongst towering trees from all over the world, to the subtle charms of the lookout and contemplative Grotto Pool. You will also enjoy the surprise unveiling of vistas through to Mt Solitary and the Jamison Valley.Come visit and enjoy Everglades' Tea Rooms and gift shop, or picnic in the beautifully landscaped, spacious grounds.
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