Cherry Blossom Day in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges
Monday 3 September, 2012
Parks Victoria is inviting everyone to come to the Dandenong Ranges Gardens in celebration of the coming spring season. The National Rhododendron Gardens will host the popular Hanami Festival on 23 September which sees thousands of people every year come to admire the spectacular cherry blossoms.
The Hanami Festival is based on the Japanese tradition of "flower viewing" and refers to the celebration and appreciation of the cherry blossom. In keeping with tradition, visitors will be treated to traditional Japanese flower arranging demonstrations, origami, bonsai, Japanese drumming and tea making ceremonies.
David Adeson, Manager of the Dandenong Ranges Gardens, said that after a cold and wet winter it was a great opportunity for everyone to get out of their lounge rooms and see nature’s spectacular springtime show.
“Cherry Grove, an area inside the National Rhododendron Gardens, is the focal point on the day, with the much loved, pink and white blossoms hitting their peak around this time of year,” said Mr Adeson.
“While they are the star attractions, a wide range of other plants and flowers including rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and daffodils will also delight visitors.”
Entry to the gardens is free and people can bring a picnic or indulge in traditional Japanese food from some local vendors whilst enjoying the picturesque and peaceful surrounds.
Mr Adeson said the Hanami Festival 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. The gardens are extremely beautiful this time of year,” Mr Adeson said.
What: Hanami Day
When: 10am – 4pm Sunday 23 September.
Where: National Rhododendron Gardens. The Georgian Road, Olinda. (Melways ref 66 K6).
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