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Red Hill Peony Estate Open Garden Days

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Don't miss them in full bloom
Entry to the 'Peony Paddock' is through these 200 year-old gates from Turkey

Never heard of the Red Hill Peony Estate? Well, me neither until yesterday when it appeared on my 'things to do list' via Facebook. Naturally, I couldn't resist the temptation of exploring a garden 'in my own backyard'... and I'm sure once you see what's behind the front gates, you'll be drawn in too!

The front entrance

From the front gates, walk down the tree-lined drive to the rustic Coolstore shop...

Coolstore Shop

Here you'll likely to be greeted by Jill Holmes-Smith as if you were an old friend. Jill is the inspiration behind the Peony Estate, owner, and also very talented artist who produces stunning original oil paintings (as seen in the background).

Jill Holmes-Smith pictured on the right with her art in the background

We had a quick chat to Jill about the history of this property and how Peony Estate was established. "The peonies have been growing for three seasons now and are ready to bloom; although unfortunately, the cold weather has delayed the blooms, but the opening must go ahead." "I think the weekend of the 25th-26th of November will see the peony blooms at their best, but the rest of the garden is absolutely stunning at the moment!"

After purchasing tickets (adults are $12, children are free) we strolled down the 800m ornamental tree lined drive to the 'Peony Padock' through the 200-year-old gates from Turkey. As Jill said... the peonies weren't in full bloom yet, but we got a glimpse of what was to come.

I have to say though, the highlight for me were the English style gardens surrounding the opulent home.

After the kids were entertained by the 'man with bubbles' we headed back to the Coolstore Shop to get some freshly picked peonies and a beautiful peony card to take home...

Bunches of freshly picked peonies for sale

Although the gardens are outstanding and well worth a visit, I can't wait to see just how good they'll be in time. I have a feeling they will keep growing and developing to become the Mornington Peninsula's equivalent of the Tesselaar Tulip Festival.
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Why? To visit a beautiful private estate
When: Each weekend from the 4th Nov- 2nd Dec 10am-3pm
Phone: 0438 558 633
Where: 237-239 Arthurs Seat Road Red Hill Victoria Australia 3937
Cost: $12pp children are free
Your Comment
Sounds and looks lovely. Great photography.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5695) 734 days ago
Lorraine your description matches mine, it was delightful to enjoy nature, without being pressed to eat or drink.. but merely walk talk and admire the delightful setting. Old young or in love, this is a beautiful way to spend a day.
by jane (score: 0|5) 738 days ago
Foodi Photoh Classie
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