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Celebrate Hanami Day in the Dandenong Ranges

Wednesday 18 September, 2013

Parks Victoria is inviting everyone to come and celebrate springtime in the National Rhododendron Gardens at its annual Hanami Festival on 22 September. It’s a special celebration based on the Japanese tradition of ‘flower viewing’ and appreciation of the cherry blossom. 

In keeping with the traditional theme of the day there will be demonstrations of Ikebana or traditional Japanese flower arranging and displays of Origami and Bonsai. There will also be some Japanese drumming to watch and tea making ceremonies to take part in.

David Adeson, Manager of the Dandenong Ranges Gardens says it’s a great opportunity for people to shake off winter. “It’s an invitation to get out of the house and immerse yourself in nature’s spectacular springtime show.”

“Although some of the main areas like Cherry Grove may not be still in full bloom by the 22nd, there are plenty of other varieties hitting their peak at this time of year. The Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Camellias are all in bloom, and many of our fifty varieties of Magnolia are flowering at the moment.”

Entry to the gardens is free and people can bring a picnic or indulge in traditional Japanese food from local vendors.

Mr Adeson said Hanami Day was one of the area’s most loved and distinctive events. “This is the perfect way for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds to welcome in spring. At this time of the year the gardens are breathtakingly beautiful.”

The Australia-Japan Society of Victoria is a supporter of this event.

Please Note: Parking is limited

National Rhododendron Gardens. The Georgian Road, Olinda. (Melways ref 66 K6).

Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

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