About Mount Macedon Peonies

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Mount Macedon Peonies is operated by Michael and Louise Quinn and Mark McKenzie and is located at Mark’s 100-acre farm in the Kerrie Valley at the foot of Mount Macedon, near Hanging Rock in Victoria. We are within an hour’s drive of Melbourne and only 30 minutes from the Melbourne International Airport. The Macedon Ranges Shire is renowned for its semi-rural lifestyle, boasting an array of grand gardens, many of which are open to the public in spring through to autumn. Mount Macedon is the highest peak (1,013 metres) in the Ranges. The area is a little cooler than Melbourne, and in winter parts of it are subject to occasional snowfalls.

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In the nineteenth century Melbourne’s wealthiest residents escaped the summer heat and went to Mount Macedon. There they built impressive mansions and created some of Victoria’s finest gardens, some of which are now classified by the National Trust.  “The great gardens of Mount Macedon showed off the incredible wealth of their owners. There was enormous competition between them to have the biggest and the best gardens and the rarest plants.” (Stephen Ryan, horticulturist, author and owner of Dicksonia Rare Plants.) Wandering through these mature but ever changing gardens, a mixture of rare and exotic trees and plants can be seen set against a backdrop of the rich Australian bushland.

Michael & Mark 2013IMG_0568Michael, Louise and Mark believe that the property has the ideal climate, rainfall and high quality soil to grow peonies. We read in a gardening book that Mount Macedon was once referred to as: “Victoria’s Garden of Eden where the works of man and nature were in complete harmony. There the flowers seemed bigger in size, deeper in colour and sweeter in perfume”. Our peony experience has lived up to this!

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We now have more than 40,000 plants showcasing more than 15 peony varieties carefully selected to comprise the most popular peonies. See the Flower Varieties page for descriptions and photos from a recent season for each of the varieties.

Peony season ties in perfectly with the end of year festive period from mid-November to late December.

Mount Macedon Peonies sells its cut flowers wholesale to the flower market. Both cut flowers and potted plants are sold to the public locally at the Mt Macedon Nursery at 685 Mt Macedon Road. Bare rooted plants can be purchased directly over winter.

If you would like to contact us, email Michael at mfquinn@iinet.net.au.

6 thoughts on “About Mount Macedon Peonies

  1. Hi

    If we came to your peony farm, over what period would there be abundant flowering bushes please, and blooms for sale? Visiting at that time, would we also be able to look close up at beds of your flowering peonies?

    Sincerely, Ian

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