Peony farm a feast for the senses

Welcome to the Red Hill Peony Estate, the Mornington Peninsula’s first peony farm. Breathe in the exquisitely scented air of the flowering peonies as you stroll through the many Estate gardens.  The Holmes/Sheehan family have lived on the property for 132 years, and this is the first time the recently established English-inspired gardens have been opened to the public.

The Chinese have a saying which is playing out as a truism in our own peony paddock:


“The first year they sleep; the second year they creep and the third year they leap.”  Our Red Hill Estate peonies have now been growing for three seasons, so it is time to let them flower.  The bushes are still small, but in future seasons you will be able to pick your own.


November Open Days

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th

Friday 17th & Sunday 19th

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th

Saturday, December 2

The open days consist of a picturesque 800m walk down the farm track to the Peony Paddock, where you will find 3500 three-year-old peony plants in various stages of development and bloom; stroll to the formally designed box-hedged Rose Garden and the open parkland to see unusual tree plantings; the white Rugosa Rose Walk, and substantial Kitchen Gardens and fully espaliered Orchard; the Berry Garden; and then on to the Barn Garden, which is blooming superbly while waiting for the American-style Barn to be completed for weddings by next April or May.

Finish off your visit at the Coolstore Shop, where you can purchase:

·      Bunches of magnificent peonies

·      Potted peony plants

·      Original oil paintings of peonies by Jillian Holmes-Smith

·      Prints of the above paintings

·      Greeting cards … and other surprises

Book at to stroll through the Peony Paddock and other estate gardens (numbers are limited).  However, there’s no need to book to shop at the Coolstore Shop at the entrance to the property.
The Red Hill Peony Estate is at 237 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill (almost opposite the Red Hill Showgrounds). Parking is limited, so we suggest you park at the showgrounds and walk back along the path to the Estate.