Sun, Apr 14|
Corner of Washington Ave and Crown St.
Members - Cherry Blossom Stroll at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Time & Location
Apr 14, 2019, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Corner of Washington Ave and Crown St., 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225, USA
About The Event
Join The Camaraderie NYC for a beautiful, chill Sunday spent in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens checking out the infamous cherry blossom trees in springtime full bloom.
If desired, we will make a stop for lunch somewhere nearby after departing the Gardens.
Ticket includes admission into the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
Camaraderie Members - $15.00
Non-Members - $20.00
Temperature, precipitation, and other variations in weather all contribute to the timing of the blooms. These same factors determine how long they will linger.
No one tree remains in flower for more than a week, and there is no moment when all are blooming at once. Instead, different species and cultivars blossom in succession, allowing many opportunities to savor the season.
Early in the cherry blossom season, the delicate weeping higan cherries (Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula') that border the pond offer a tranquil panorama. These are some of the oldest trees in the collection and display great character with their knobby branches and thick trunks.
Here you’ll also find a winter-blooming cultivar, P. sargentii ‘Fudan-Zakura’, which flowers intermittently during mild winters. Two of the collection’s sweetest-smelling trees, P. ‘Shirotae’ and P. serrulata ‘Taki-Noi’, are located near the viewing pavilion. A late flowering cultivar near the waterfall, P. serrulata ‘Ukon’, has unusual pale-green blossoms.
A dozen different varieties of flowering cherries are planted just west of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond-Garden near Cherry Walk. This display provides a wonderful opportunity to observe different forms of blossoms and bloom times. Here you will find Prunus ‘Okame’, usually the first cherry to flower at BBG. Its bloom signals the start of hanami—the cherry-blossom viewing season.
Another highlight is the white Yoshino cherry, Prunus x. yedoensis, the favorite in Japan, where delicate, simple forms are highly valued. Yoshino cherries are seen all over Tokyo. One of the last trees to bloom, P. ‘Kurayama’ is also found here. It features showy, pale-pink clusters of double blossoms.
This meandering path located to the east of Cherry Esplanade is lined with extravagant, pink-flowering Prunus ‘Kanzan’ trees that form a delightful bower near the end of cherry blossom season. While most cherry blossoms have 5 petals, 'Kanzan' is a double flowering cultivar with up to 28 petals on each bloom. Cherry Walk was created in 1921 with trees purchased from a Long Island nursery. The two higan trees at the north end of Cherry Walk date back to this original planting and are the oldest in the collection.
The dazzling finale to the cherry blossom season takes place on this open lawn lined with two allees of Prunus 'Kanzan'. You may notice some younger trees among the 76 specimens here. Cherry trees typically live 25 to 30 years, and those that succumb are replaced immediately.