What says spring better than flowers in bloom? The cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden are the most beautiful way to welcome in the season, and it seems the time has finally come!
According to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s “Cherry Watch,” the first cherry blossoms have officially bloomed. From April until late May, you can stop by the gardens for guided tours of the enormous property, or swing by and wander through on your own.
On April 27th and 28th, the garden’s annual cherry blossom festival, know as Sakura Matsuri, will take place. The two-day festival will feature performances and events celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture in addition to the beautiful blooms.
According to BBG, “No one tree remains in flower for more than a week, and there is no moment when all are blooming at once.” So take advantage of the “Cherry Watch” to plan your visit once most trees are in bloom—which we have an inkling will likely be by this weekend or next week.
However, just because the first few cherry trees are beginning to bloom doesn’t mean they’ve reached their peak. Until April 4 the Garden’s Eastern Parkway will be closed, so we recommend waiting a few days before heading out there anyway. Plus, if you go before noon on Fridays admission is free! You can also take a virtual tour of the Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk here, as well as a virtual tour of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.
For other places to see the gorgeous cherry blossoms, check out our list of popular spots.
Featured image: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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