A Cherry Blossom is a flower of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura after the Japanese. The beautiful pink flowers that fill the trees are an experience to see. There will be festivals held in many cities with marathon runs, walks or just celebrating the blossoming of the flowers. The peak bloom lasts for a short time. The best time to see the blossoms are from April 4-April 20 each year it can change due to rain or high winds. If you can, call before heading out for your visit to see if they have bloomed to save a trip. The big festivals will be held in New Jersey, New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia.
AVOIDING THE CHERRY BLOSSOM CROWDS
So you made it to the Cherry Blossom festival and your ready to take some memorable photos. Only thing, it’s hundreds of other people there with same idea. You try to get some photos but there someone is in every shot that you take. The trees bloom for a short time so everyone will be out. Some will even have blankets sitting on the grass spending there entire day at the festivals.
I suggest going EARLY in the morning before 9 am or close to sunset to take photos. Going during the rain will get you little to no crowds at all. Most visitors will prefer to go on sunny days. NEW JERSEY PARKS with Cherry Blossom Trees: Verona Park, Horseshoe Lake, Warinanco Park, Canterbury Park, and Degnan Park. Check out my Blog for some beautiful gardens that have Cherry Blossom Trees! https://thetravelingaquarian.wpcomstaging.com/2018/06/21/the-garden-state/V
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVALS
- BRANCH BROOK PARK CHERRY BLOSSOM 2019 Newark/Belleville, NJ https://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/branch-brook-park/calendar/2019-essex-county-cherry-blossom-festival
- THE FRIENDS OF THE FRELINGHUYSEN Morris Township, NJ https://www.arboretumfriends.org/
- CENTRAL PARK New York, NY http://www.centralparknyc.org
- RIVERSIDE PARK New York, NY https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/riverside-park
- BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDEN Brooklyn, NY https://www.bbg.org/collections/cherries
- SUBARU CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL Philadelphia, PA http://japanphilly.org/programs/festivals/subaru-cherry-blossom-festival/
- SHOFUSO Japan American Society Philadelphia, PA http://japanphilly.org/shofuso/
- WASHINGTON DC CHERRY BLOSSOM 2019 Washington DC https://cherryblossomwatch.com/