Still Water 'Quince Fair'


344 Krongart Road, Penola

Saturday 24 April 2021
Sunday 25 April 2021

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



This garden will open under a covid-safe plan. Please allow suitable distancing and follow health etiquette. Please check back prior to the weekend opening in case there has been any change in Health Department regulations.


Still Water is a lovely, rambling country garden built around towering natural red gums. There are pretty perennial borders and in areas shaded by the canopies of mature trees, shade-loving clivias, acanthus and begonias thrive. The many deciduous trees provide a lovely display of autumn colour, with structure and additional interest provided by several sculptures and stone walling built by the owner. 

Peacocks roam freely through the garden, and nearby are two flourishing connected wetland areas designed to help support the native ecosystem of birds, insects and wildlife.

However, in autumn it is the quince orchard that takes centre stage - the fruit on the trees has reached peak ripeness and is a beautiful golden colour, emitting a distinctive floral-fruity aroma. The orchard contains almost 100 trees including the 16 fruiting varieties known in Australia. The trees have been espaliered and to keep them compact have been grafted onto dwarfing rootstock. Some varieties are clearly strong growers, with large leaves, thick trunks and over-sized green-yellow fruit; while others are characteristically smaller but just as robust, producing smooth round, velvety-golden quinces.

The orchard is sustainably managed with the emphasis on maintaining plant well-being, soil health and fruit productivity.

To keep larger birdlife at bay, the trees are netted, but smaller birds are able to skitter through the lower netting, working in un-choreographed unison with two ducks that live permanently in the orchard to keep unhelpful bugs in check.

The ripening of the fruit will be celebrated with a Quince Fair to encourage visitors to immerse themselves in various quince-inspired experiences. There will be tours of the orchard and the opportunity to purchase fresh quinces and products prepared on the property.


Extra activities: Tours of the quince orchard each day at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, limited to 15 people per session. To book please email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with preferred time and number of attendees, or at the event.

A variety of stalls including: Pipers of Penola food truck, Bellwether Wines, Carousel Flowers, Forged Art, Anzac biscuits from the SA Country Women's Association, The Diggers Club, cider from the Side Project, and Wagners Roses.

Tim Heysen (grandson of Sir Hans Heysen) will talk about a beautiful painting of a bowl of quinces, called ‘Still Life’, created by Nora Heysen - daughter of Sir Hans Heysen (Sunday afternoon only). Note: No food or drinks to be brought into the property.

Please note: This garden has an unfenced lake. 

Directions: From Penola, drive 10kms along the Riddoch Highway towards Mount Gambier; turn right at Krongart Road, drive for 4kms (past the Penola Golf course); Still Water is on the right. For accommodation options, please contact the Penola Coonawarra Visitor Information Centre on 1300 045 373.

Size: 4 hectares, 10 acres

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