After getting through the see-sawing weather of March, spring seems to have finally sprung in New York. To fully experience the changing seasons, check out these cherry blossom trackers from both the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the New York Botanical Garden. Right now, more blossoms can be spotted in Brooklyn, with the first flowers appearing last Wednesday.
Despite the late snowstorm this month, the cherry blossoms are in good shape to fully bloom. There are 26 different ornamental cherry species and cultivars represented in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Flowering Collection. The latest “cherry watch” interactive map, updated daily, shows us seven trees in “First Bloom” and just one tree in “Peak Bloom.” Later this month, commemorate the season with Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival, which celebrates traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with over 60 events and performances. The celebration occurs on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30.
Over in the Bronx, the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden is home to over 200 flowering cherry trees, which can be found in Cherry Valley, Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. With the Garden’s tracker, although not yet updated, you can follow along with the bloom from spring to fall.
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Lead image by Elizabeth Peters for Brooklyn Botanical Garden