St Mary's Vineyard


563 V & A Lane, Maaoupe (near Penola)

Saturday 16 October 2021
Sunday 17 October 2021

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



This garden will open under covid guidelines.

The delightful country garden at St Mary’s Vineyard with its hundreds of roses and dry-stone walls is a fitting location for the annual Limestone Coast Plant and Trade Fair. 

Established in 1937, the Mulligan family has created a magnificent property with the garden taking centre stage. Hundreds of roses, bulbs, iris, hardy perennials, trees and shrubs surround the classic homestead and out buildings. Over the years plants and bulbs suitable for the soil and climate have been incorporated into the garden design, adding colour and texture all year round.

Sandstone rock and plate from the quarry at St Mary’s have been used for dry stone walling, pathways, and ornaments, as well as structures such as ramps, plinths, platforms and the trilogy of tree rings in the front paddock.

A passion for fresh seasonal produce has led to the creation of a kitchen garden where a range of fruit and vegetables are grown using permaculture principles. There are raised beds for strawberries and asparagus with arches for apples and tomatoes making decorative as well as functional features. A shade house is used for growing seedlings and propagating plants.

St Mary’s Vineyard is a garden for all seasons and in spring it will make a stunning setting for the Limestone Coast Plant and Trade Fair. A diverse range of talented artists, trades and specialist growers will exhibit everything from bulbs to trees, natives to exotics, garden arts, trades, food stalls, wine tasting, refreshments and children’s activity area. This weekend will be a must see-destination for all garden lovers and families.


Please note: there is a frog pond and a beehive.

Extra activities:  Wine and food for sale (no BYO);  Limestone Coast Plant and Trade Fair; plants for sale will be suitable for our climate and soils.

Size: 5 acres, 2ha

The nominated charity for this garden is: CWA, Terra Rossa Penola branch.

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From Penola travel 6km north on Riddoch Highway, turn left into V&A Lane; follow signs to St Mary’s Cellar Door and garden
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