Spring is in the air, and so is the exquisite scent of flowering peonies at the Red Hill Peony Estate. It has been a big year for the Mornington Peninsula’s first commercial peony farm — it became the first and only Peony Society in Australia and you have the chance to become an Associate Member. It is entirely free to join and includes a 25% discount on your 2018 entrance fee and 10% off any of the peony workshops to be held during 2019. (Find the link on the Estate’s website.)
This year’s Open Days will have a festival air, with marquees selling hot and cold food and drinks including homemade lemonade and the Estate’s magnificent gin and fruit-based cocktail. There will be bunches of peonies, potted peony plants, original oil paintings and prints of peonies by the Estate owner-Jillian Holmes-Smith, and an exciting selection of peony-related merchandise for sale.
The Red Hill Peonies are still young and establishing; and as expected, they are producing significantly more flower buds than last year.
You’ll be able to stroll through the Peony Paddock, where you will find 3,500 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, the substantial Kitchen Gardens and fully espaliered Orchard; the Berry Garden; and then on to the Barn Garden, which is blooming superbly.
For something very special, you may prefer a private and sumptuous picnic on your Open Day visit — go to “Private Estate Picnics” on the Estate’s website.
2018 November Open Days
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th, and
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd
(with the last entry at 3pm)
Bookings are recommended because numbers are limited
Note that the Coolstore Shop located at the top of the Estate, will not be open on any of these six Open Days. However, the Shop will be open on weekends and week-days leading up to Christmas and New Year. (Check the website for exact dates later in the year.
RED HILL PEONY ESTATE: A: 237 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill T: 0438 558 633
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