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Celebrate peony season at Romswood Farm this spring
Romswood Peony Farm Open Weekends
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Romswood Peony Farm is opening their gates to the public for the next few weekends in November.

This much-anticipated spring event is sure to put a spring in your step as you wander through the visual delights of acres of glorious nodding heads of peonies.

Romswood Peony Farm Open Weekends
Romswood Peony Farm Open Weekends

Explorer Marco Polo described peonies as: 'Roses as big as cabbages.' And peonies do have the visual charms of roses due to their delicate buds, that then unfurl into blousy blooms.

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The weekend open days at Romswood Peony Farm are your chance to connect with all this natural beauty, as well as a chance to enjoy the backdrop of stunning local scenery

Romswood Peony Farm Open Weekends
Romswood Peony Farm Open Weekends

Located in Kerrie, in the Macedon Ranges, Romswood Farm has been growing peonies since the mid-1990s. The cool climate of the region creates perfect peony growing conditions, echoing those of the imperial gardens of China where the peony originated and continues to be revered as a symbol of peace, stability, distinction and wealth.

You will see both herbaceous and tree peony varieties, and the grounds boast many other beautiful examples of flowers in bloom as well as stunning trees. The sheer size and the vibrancy of the colour of the flowers is something to behold.

Pick your own Peonies

Romswood is thought to have Australia's largest variety of peonies and here is your chance to pick your own. If you choose buds to take home, you can watch them unfurl into immense, blousy blooms.

Food, Entertainment and you can Take Your Pooch

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Pack yourself a picnic or enjoy some of the tasty food available at the farm such as the gourmet burgers and coffee. Sit back and listen to live folk music.

The farm is pooch-friendly with dogs on leads.

Children will love

Romswood Peony Farm Open Weekends
Romswood Peony Farm Open Weekends

Children can enjoy nature walks to look out for some of the furry creatures who also call Romswood home. They will love the wombat walk. Ask for a map at the entry which will take them past various parts of the garden and wombat burrows. The children follow the map to various 'stations,' stamp their map and collect a prize (treat) from the gift shop. On Sundays, there are guided wombat walks at 12 and 2 for anyone who wants to join in.

Romswood Peony Farm Open Weekends
omswood Peony Farm Open Weekends

Purchase Gifts from the Shop on the Property

Romswood sells peonies to a variety of florists in and around Melbourne. Not only can you pick your own on Romswood Open Day, but they will also be bought by the bunch or as plants.

Peonies are commonly used in beauty, skin, and hair products, for their scent as well as their desired therapeutic benefits.

At Romswood Peony Farm they make and sell a range of products such as candles and diffusers. The Romswood scent - is a combination of fragrances including peonies, lilies, tuberose, orange blossom, balanced with musk, sandalwood and amarett.

Romswood Peony Farm Open Weekends
Romswood Peony Farm Open Weekends

Some Interesting Facts about Peonies

• Peonies are highly venerated. Known as "sho yu" in China, meaning "most beautiful" they have been grown there for over a 1,000 years.

• They symbolise riches and honour and have long been used as floral symbols in Chinese art and poetry.

•They also embody romance and love and are regarded as the omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.

• Red peonies are considered a most auspicious colour, but peonies are available in almost every colour. The most common colours are pink and white.

• They are often referred to as the King or Queen of Flowers.

• Peonies grow natively in Asia and Europe but can be grown in Australia in cooler regions. They need a cool climate and frost to grow to their full beauty.

• They only bloom from late spring to early summer so it is a matter of catching their fleeting beauty while you can.

• There are many types of peonies, approximately 30 species in total, with over 3,000 varieties.

• Peony plants are known to live a long time, up to 100 years so are also associated with longevity.

• Some plants can give out as many as 100 blooms in a single season, and one plant could give up to 10,000 blooms in its lifetime.

Peonies on Social Media

Peonies are social media stars so make the most out of your day and share the beauty
#romswoodpeonyfarm #peonys #peonyseason

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When: Dates: November 16-17 & 23-24, 2019 11 to 4 pm
Where: Romswood Farm, 155 Cherokee Road, Kerrie (60 minutes from Melbourne)
Cost: $15 farm gate entry/under 18 free $13 pre-purchased online /peonies $3 p/stem
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