Cherry Blossoms Blog

Are the Cherries Blooming?

Weeping Higan Cherry

Around this time of year, inevitably I’ll be out in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and someone will ask, “When will the cherry trees blossom?” and I’ll have to point out, “Well, you’re standing under a really beautiful flowering cherry tree right now.” That’s because most people, when they come to see

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Cherry Picking

Prunus serrulata 'Taki-Nioi'

As the Kanzan cherry trees (Prunus ‘Kanzan’) in the Cherry Esplanade head toward peak bloom this weekend, the excitement at the Garden is palpable—for good reason. Their deep pink, double blossoms, plus the central location of the esplanade have made the ‘Kanzan’ the favorite cherry cultivar of many BBG visitors.

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Magnolia-rama

Magnolia Plaza

Spring is bustin’ out all over the Garden this week. So many flowers are blooming, in fact, that it’s hard to decide what to be most excited about. Daffodil Hill is looking very Wordsworthian, several early blooming cherry and peach trees are going off, and the Shakespeare and Fragrance Gardens are filled with violets

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Photos from Sakura Matsuri 2011

Sakura 2011

This past weekend the 30th annual Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival brought in close to 70,000 visitors to BBG. With fantastic weather, the cherry trees in peak bloom, and 60-plus events and performances to enjoy, it was and incredible kickoff to spring. We put together a photo selection of some of the weekend

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Cherry Esplanade in Bloom

Cherry Esplanade

If you've been waiting to come and see Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk in bloom, now is the time to take a trip to BBG! The two allées of Prunus 'Kanzan' on Cherry Esplanade began to open on Monday and should be in peak bloom by Thursday afternoon and continue through this weekend's Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom

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Peak Bloom in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Higan cherry blossoms

Most of the flowering cherry trees in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden are in peak bloom! This weekend should be an excellent time to come out and celebrate hanami, the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying and celebrating the transitory beauty of the cherry blossom season. The blooms only last a few days once they peak,

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