Release Date: April 15, 2014
As Hanami progresses, the cherry display is tracked on BBG’s web-based CherryWatch. Updated daily, this map of the main collection provides a daily blooming status for each tree, as well as detailed information about each cultivar. This year, the Garden encourages visitors to share their own cherry blossom images—amateur or professional—on social media, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, using the hashtag #bbgcherries. Photographers can also post images in BBG’s visitor photo pool on Flickr.
During Hanami, the Garden offers special programs and features to highlight the season:
Free tours (Through April 23 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.) focusing on BBG’s Japanese plant collections and specialty gardens, including flowering cherries, the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum, and the Tree Peony Collection
Special Japanese menu items at BBG’s Zagat-rated Terrace Café
Handpicked gifts and items for the home and garden inspired by BBG’s blossoms and Japanese aesthetics in the Garden Shop
Hanami culminates in the Garden’s legendary weekend festival Sakura Matsuri—the largest event in a public garden in the U.S. The two-day festival (April 26 and 27, 2014, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.) extends beyond the cherry blossoms to celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with energetic and dynamic programing, including over 60 performances, demonstrations, and exhibits. The festival’s innovative arts and culture, world-renowned entertainment, and community spirit attracts one of the largest, most colorful audiences for a cultural event in the city.
For more information about Hanami, Sakura Matsuri, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherry blossoms, please visit bbg.org/discover/cherries.