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The Cherry Blossoms are Blooming at Brooklyn Botanic Garden!
by Brooklyn Botanic Garden
April 7, 2019

The first cherry blossoms of the season have been spotted on Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Prunus ‘Okame’ and Prunus sargentii ‘Fudan-zakura’ trees, heralding spring’s arrival in New York City. The trees, located in the Cherry Cultivars section, are part of the Garden’s renowned ornamental cherry collection. Their delicate, evanescent blooms are celebrated each year during hanami—the Japanese cultural tradition of savoring every moment of cherry blossom season. Hanami is a classic springtime celebration in New York City and one of the most magical times of year at BBG.

Over the next several weeks the blossoms of more than 200 flowering cherry trees at the Garden will transform from bud to bloom to blankets of petals scattered across Cherry Esplanade, Cherry Walk, and the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Consisting of more than 20 cultivars, BBG’s collection is one of the most diverse of its kind in an American botanic garden.

Throughout hanami, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's cherry blossom display is tracked on the CherryWatch web page. Updated each weekday, this map provides up-to-the-petal blooming status for each tree in the main collection, as well as detailed information about each cultivar. BBG encourages visitors to share their own cherry blossom images on social media, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, using the hashtags #bbgcherries and #BrooklynBotanicGarden.

April visitors to Brooklyn Botanic Garden can also enjoy other early spring blooms including the spectacular displays of pink, white, and yellow magnolia blossoms on Magnolia Plaza, Daffodil Hill in full, sunny bloom, a charming selection of spring flowers from literature—including tulips, primroses, dwarf irises, forget-me-nots, and violets—in the Shakespeare Garden, and the unique yearly display of tulips and other bulbs in the Annual Border on Lily Pool Terrace.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers special programs and features to highlight the spring season, including the following:

Sakura Matsuri

Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Tickets are now available for the 38th annual Sakura Matsuri, celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival features dozens of events and performances, including taiko drumming, tea ceremonies, samurai sword fighting, J-rock, J-pop, jazz, and much more. New for 2019: Tickets are required for all. Learn more and purchase tickets.

Twilight Tuesdays

April 16–May 21 | Open until 8 p.m.

On Tuesday evenings this spring, take a twilight stroll through the Garden’s lush, fragrant grounds—including after-hours access to one of the most dazzling displays of flowering cherry blossoms in the world. Treat yourself to sunset views, evening tours of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, spring blooms, and seasonal cocktails. Learn more.

Spring Seasonal Highlights Tours

Tuesday–Sunday | 1–2 p.m.

Catch BBG’s burgeoning blossoms at their best and other spring highlights in a Seasonal Highlights Tour, led by a trained Garden Guide. Tours are offered daily and free with Garden admission. Learn more.

Explore the Garden at your own pace with suggested itineraries: Options include spring seasonal highlights, visiting with kids, and visiting on a date. Learn more.

Dining & Shopping

Yellow Magnolia Café, the popular restaurant nestled within Brooklyn Botanic Garden, will offer cherry blossom–inspired dishes and specials by chef Morgan Jarrett throughout the bloom season. On the menu are vibrantly pink, perfect-for-Instagram dishes including the pink Caesar with Radicchio del Veneto, dulse vinaigrette, black radish, and crispy garlic, and blood orange Bundt cake with beet sorbet and macadamia cream. Weekly Japanese-inspired specials include a Yellow Magnolia sakura bento box and cherry blossom sake cocktails. And during Sakura Matsuri on April 27 and 28, more Japanese culinary specialties will be available at festival tents. View menus and reserve.

Visit the Garden Shop for handpicked gifts and items for the home and garden inspired by BBG’s cherry blossoms and other botanicals.

Classes for Adults

Nurture a love of nature all season with classes and workshops on gardening, nature, wellness, food, and more. Learn more and enroll.

Children’s Garden Classes

Wake up the earth in our spring and summer Children’s Garden programs. Kids of all ages can seed and transplant the first crops of the season, cook up fresh snacks, and harvest radishes, greens, and flowers to bring home. Learn more and enroll for spring and summer Children’s Garden classes.

ABOUT BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN

Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the Garden is home to nearly 15,000 types of plants and hosts approximately 800,000 visitors annually.

Learn what’s happening at Brooklyn Botanic Garden at bbg.org/visit/calendar, read the Garden’s blog at bbg.org/news, and find out what’s in bloom at bbg.org/bloom. Visitor entrances are at 990 Washington Avenue and 455 Flatbush Avenue. For hours, directions, and admission information, please visit bbg.org/visit. Follow BBG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and join the conversation using the tags @BrooklynBotanic and #BrooklynBotanicGarden.

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