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Spring is enchanting in Victoria starting with the iconic cherry blossom that has been popularized by Japan. Tender pink blooms create clouds of petals making trees look dream-like and divine. There are a few hanami festivals in the Melbourne area that are a very popular way to celebrate nature awakening. There are also many flower shows and special events in villages, private gardens, and large botanic gardens. Unfortunately, the cherry blossom season is short and lasts only through the month of September.

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens (formerly the National Rhododendron Gardens) is the best place to enjoy the blossoms with a picnic and festival. The gardens are located in Olinda, about an hour drive from Melbourne. In addition to cherry trees, it hosts thousands of plums, azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, and daffodils.

Cherryhill Orchard's annual blossom festival is usually held in mid or late September. Located in the beautiful Yarra Valley, Cherryhill has rows and rows of cherry blossoms, which make it a perfect spring picnic destination. Cherryhill farm gate café and food trucks offer some cherry beverages and food like cherry ice cream from the previous harvest. Cherryhill only an hour away from Melbourne—a perfect weekend getaway to enjoy the spring nature.

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When is the best time to see cherry blossoms in Melbourne?

In Victoria, Australia, people can enjoy seeing delicate pink petals from cherry blossom trees, but only for a month in September. The result is a dream-like depiction. So, September is the best time to see cherry blossoms in Melbourne. Show more

Where is the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens located?

The place formerly known as the National Rhododendron Gardens is situated in Olinda and requires an hour's drive from Melbourne to reach there. Apart from admiring cherry blossom trees, visitors can witness thousands of flowers like plums, azaleas, and camellias, which bloom during the spring season. Show more

What other flowers can be seen at the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens?

Visitors can enjoy rhododendrons, daffodils, plums, camellias, azaleas other than admiring the beautiful shades of cherry blossoms. The Garden is located in the Olinda suburb of Melbourne and takes an hour to drive from Melbourne to cherish the sight of these flowers during the Spring season. Show more

What is the Cherryhill Orchard's annual blossom festival?

The Cherryhill Orchard holds a blossom festival every year, an excellent opportunity for visitors to witness rows of cherry blossoms. The festival is celebrated in mid or late September in the Yarra Valley of Melbourne. To make the celebration memorable, the Cherryhill farm gate café and other food trucks offer delicious cherry drinks, food, and ice cream from the previous harvest. Show more

Where is Cherryhill Orchard located in Melbourne?

Located in the Yarra Valley of Melbourne, the Cherryhill Orchard is just an hour's drive from Melbourne. It's a perfect weekend destination to have a picnic amidst cherry blossom trees, specifically during the annual blossom festival held in mid or late September. People can relish cherry harvest-based ice creams and drinks provided by the farm gate café and numerous food trucks. Show more

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