CherryWatch 2011: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Another spring means another season to experience the beautiful blooms of cherry blossoms. Come enjoy these flowering phenomenons at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Hanami festival, where you can view over 20 species of these trees in bloom. They even have a super mini cherry blossom bonsai tree in their bonsai collection (awww, how cute). These trees are indiginous to Japan, so all trees on view are relatives of trees that were gifts from Japan to the US way back in 1912 to celebrate their growing friendship (thank you, Wikipedia). Seems like the best areas of the garden to check out these trees are the Japanese Hill & Pond Garden and the Cherry Esplande (pictured above). I can't imagine a more pleasant way to spend a warm spring afternoon.

If you can't make it to the gardens, check out the BBG's CherryWatch Blossom Status Map to find out how many trees are in bloom and view pictures from past Hanami festivals.

Details after the jump.

Where: Brooklyn Botanic Garden 900 Washington Ave. (On the NE edge of Prospect Park)
When: Hanami Festival goes from April 2nd - May 1st, ending with the Sakura Festival April 30th - May 1st
How Much: $10/adults

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