The Red Hill Peony Estate is an exceptional floral, architectural and historic experience – it is also the first peony farm in the region. The Holmes/Sheehan family have lived on the property for 132 years, and this is the second time the recently established English-inspired gardens have been opened to the public.
Peonies have been used as medicinal plants for at least two thousand years. The peony flower was referred to in ancient Greece as “the Queen of all herbs” and the ancient Chinese considered the “tree peony” to be the “King of flowers”. Herbaceous peonies only grow in cool climates with cold winters such as the Mornington Peninsula as they need the cold to help trigger the development of the flower bud. Flaunting voluptuous blooms, they come in an array of colours from white through pink to red and mauve and in ruffled single and double forms and are very fragrant. The peony season is very short. If you are a garden lover or an outdoor enthusiast that appreciates wonderful garden architecture and a light stroll in the countryside, make sure you book your tickets in advance for this once in a year spectacular.
Unofficially….. Open Days for 2018 are anticipated to commence in mid-November on: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December
Bookings will commence in mid-October. Please book in advance to avoid missing out. Hours on “Open Days” will be 10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm). Parking this year will be next to the Peony Paddock. Please enter through the gates from
237 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill (parking is available on the grounds)