Cherry blossom festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
By Melinda Hsia
Special to amNewYork
This springs temperamental weather hasnt thrown off a beloved Brooklyn tradition.
The cherry-blossom viewing season or Hanami - is in full swing at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, with its collection of 220 cherry trees quickly coming into bloom.
With 42 different species of cherry trees, there are early, mid-season and late bloomers. The whole process can be tracked on the gardens CherryWatch Web page.
People have asked us if we have turned on the cherry trees like we have a magic switch deep in the boiler room or something, said Kate Blumm, communications coordinator at the garden.The Cherry Esplanade, above, and the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, below. (Photos: Kate Blumm/courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Garden)
The blooming process isnt exactly automated, but the trees are doing their thing right on time. The gardens Web team checks on the progress of each tree daily to keep CherryWatch updated.
The weeping cherry trees surrounding the tranquil pond in the Japanese garden are at their peak, scattering pale pink petals over the water. Among other early bloomers are Yoshino cherry trees the most common cherry tree in Japan and Mount Fuji cherry trees with their snowy white blossoms. The Kanzan cherry trees that line the Cherry Esplanade should come into full bloom soon just in time for the Sakura Matsuri cultural festival on May 2-3.
April 4 - May 10
Seniors (65 and over): $4
Students 12+ with valid IDs: $4
Children under 12: Free
2 or 3: Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum
B or Q: Prospect Park
4: Franklin Ave
S: Prospect Park