Cherry Esplanade in Bloom

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    • Cherry Esplanade in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Cherry Esplanade in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Prunus 'Kanzan' in bloom on Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Prunus 'Kanzan' in bloom on Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Visitors enjoy Prunus 'Kanzan' on Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Visitors enjoy Prunus 'Kanzan' on Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Prunus 'Kanzan'. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Prunus 'Kanzan'. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Cherry Esplanade in first bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Cherry Esplanade in first bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • The Prunus 'Kanzan' cherry trees on Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk are beginning to bloom! Photo by Rebecca Bullene.The Prunus 'Kanzan' cherry trees on Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk are beginning to bloom! Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • The Prunus 'Kanzan' trees along Cherry Walk. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.The Prunus 'Kanzan' trees along Cherry Walk. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • The Prunus 'Kanzan' trees along Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.The Prunus 'Kanzan' trees along Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Prunus 'Kanzan' on the Cherry Esplanade of BBG. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Prunus 'Kanzan' on the Cherry Esplanade of BBG. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.

    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 festival.

    Cherry Walk, the gently meandering path behind the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, has also burst into bloom. The first cherry trees were planted here by the BBG Auxiliary in 1921 and two trees from the original planting are still there today.

    The blooming of the 'Kanzan' trees often signals the beginning of the end for the cherry blossom season at BBG. Within a week these abundant blossoms will begin to fall creating petal strewn pathways. Hanami, the month-long celebration of cherry blossom watching, officially ends on May 1, though there may still be some blossoms during BBG's Plant Sale next week if the weather is mild.

    To keep track of the bloom status of the trees, check the daily updates on the Cherry Watch Map.


    Comments

    April 28, 2011
    Magda Laskiewicz

    Gorgeous sight!


    May 2, 2011
    Aliosha

    By next sunday (8 May) would be possible to watch these trees??


    May 2, 2012
    Beverly Herman

    Your map is not working for me this season. I’ve tried it on safari and firefox, nothing showing up. Are there problems?...or is it my system?


    May 3, 2012
    Gardener's Resource Center

    Hi, Beverly: You’re not seeing anything because the cherries are postbloom. Please check back next April.



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