This past weekend, OHNY staffer Hae-In took a trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to view the cherry blossoms now in season. Founded in 1910 and located right by Prospect Park, the 52-acre garden contains many specialty gardens on their grounds, including the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Cranford Rose Garden, the Shakespeare Garden and the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum, located in the Steinhardt Conservatory.

Cherry Esplanade

The Garden has more than 200 cherry trees of 42 Asian species and cultivated varieties, making it one of the most sought after cherry-viewing sites outside of Japan. The first cherry trees were planted after World War I as a gift from the Japanese government. The cherry trees can be found on the Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk, in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, and in many other locations throughout the Garden. Depending on weather conditions, they bloom from late March or early April to mid-May.

Cherry blossoms

Every spring a month-long cherry blossom viewing festival called Hanami is held at the BBG, to celebrate when the trees are in bloom. Hanami, which means “flower viewing,” is the Japanese tradition of viewing and celebrating the cherry blossom, or “sakura” season.

Cherry trees in bloom

Although the blooms do not usually last longer than a week, different trees bloom at slightly different times. Visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden soon to take advantage of this beautiful tradition!

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

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