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Experience the serenity of Dandenong Ranges Gardens this winter.

Friday 8 June, 2018

Melburnians love gardens in the Dandenong Ranges but many have never experienced their favourite garden during winter - arguably one of the best times to visit.

Parks Victoria has seven beautiful gardens to explore and winter brings out a different side of every one of them. Winter is a unique and often underrated season in the gardens.

The chance of mist or fog creates an opportunity for spectacular photos, there are different species of plants flowering, the gardens are very serene and peaceful and you’re much more likely to spot wildlife.

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (Formerly National Rhododendron Gardens) in Olinda is in bloom with Cyclamen and Hellebore (Lenten Rose) flowers beneath flowering shrubs and deciduous trees. The Vireya collection continues to flower throughout the year. The stunning views over the Yarra Valley change from day to day and the fog rising through the Mountain Ash is a sight to behold. It’s also a great time to see active Lyrebirds as they scratch up lawns and garden beds looking for food. The newly renovated CafĂ© Vireya is also open on weekends.

George Tindale Memorial Gardens in Sherbrooke was designed to look stunning during all four seasons. During the winter months one of the highlights includes the Cyclamen and Hellebore on full display beneath flowering shrubs and deciduous trees.

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden is picturesque and lush and if you are lucky enough, you might even experience mist over the tree tops and fog rising off the lake. Layer up and be sure to bring a camera to capture the picturesque garden.

William Ricketts Sanctuary is an outdoor art gallery and cultural landscape featuring more than 90 sculptures that were the life work of artist and environmentalist William Ricketts.

Pirianda Gardens in Olinda features a beautiful woodland garden containing a unique collection of plants including many trees which are considered rare in Australia as well as magnificent views, tranquil walks and great opportunities for bird watching, photography and picnics.

R.J. Hamer Arboretum near Olinda contains a tranquil collection of deciduous trees contrasted with early flowering species along walking tracks overlooking stunning scenery across the Yarra Valley and out to the Warburton Ranges and beyond.

Mount Dandenong Arboretum is an arboretum of national significance that was established in 1928. It features conifers and deciduous trees from around the world including eight that are listed in the National Trust’s significant tree register.

For more information on the Dandenong Ranges Gardens visit the park page or call the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963.

For more information about the link between nature and human health, go to or ‘like’ Healthy Parks Healthy People Central on Facebook.

The following is attributable to Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger Craig Albiston:

“Winter is a really great time to visit the Dandenong Ranges Gardens. The gardens change quite dramatically with each season and each garden has its own unique appeal.”

“There are a range of seasonal flowers you’ll only see in winter and the gardens are very tranquil and peaceful.”  

“Connecting with nature is great for your health too so get out and explore one or all of the great Dandenong Ranges Gardens this winter.”

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