It may come and go in the blink of an eye, but you’d have to have been living under a rock not to know when peony season is here. I bet there isn’t a lady in Melbourne who hasn’t gushed at least once about how much she loves these beautiful blooms that grace us with their presence for only six weeks each year. If this sounds like you, or someone you know, I’ve got a hot tip for you!
If you fancy filling your vase with a bunch you’ve picked yourself, you better get along to the Peony Paddock Picnic at Spring Hill Peony Farm, but be quick! Last year OMG readers went berserk and the paddock was picked out after the first open day.
Owners Nicky and Mac Barry are opening their gates to visitors as part of their annual open days – proving to be as popular as ever this year, both Sunday open days are sold out, but you can also pop in and enjoy refreshments from the vintage caravan next Wednesday 11 November, Friday 13 November, (must pre-buy tickets for this day, you can do so here), Wednesday 18 November, Friday 20 November, between 10am to 2pm.
It’s as simple as bringing your own secateurs and picking your own – a $10 entry fee will get you a look at the beautiful flowers, and a $20 entry fee will get you 10 stems. It’s a muddy working farm not an open garden – so don’t wear your finest shoes.
Nicky and Mac will be putting on live music on the Sunday open days. Food and drinks (including champagne and wine) will be available for purchase at all open days, so why not make a day of it, hang about and soak up this little slice of heaven.
Spring Hill is just over an hour from Melbourne, located between Kyneton and Daylesford, making this a great little weekend activity or day trip.
Entry to the farm is via the Little Church at Spring Hill, a gorgeous little century old church set amidst ancient gum trees.
Well mannered dogs are welcome – but must be on the lead (as this is a working farm with chickens that do not wish to be eaten).
Oh, and if you can’t make the open days you can still buy direct from the farm at wholesale rates from around 8 November to mid-December each year.
Enjoy your freshly picked peonies and thank me later for the tip!
The Little Church at Spring Hill Peony Farm
1385 Kyneton Spring Hill Road
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