Cherry Blossoms at BBG

Along my daily walk to get coffee and lunch, there are several cherry trees. The white single cherry blossoms are the first to bloom. Now the fluffy pink double cherries also reach their peak bloom. In some yards, hyacinths are just pushing through the soil, while tulips are already a foot tall. The flowers remind me that spring is here, and life moves on.

Springtime to me includes several visits to Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Watch closely tracks the blooming progress of its 26 species of cherry trees. That tradition carries on, even though the garden is now closed to the public.

It’s hard to imagine Brooklyn Botanic Garden completely void of visitors during the cherry season. On Sakura Matsuri or Cherry Blossom Festival days, the entire Cherry Esplanade and Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden would be so crowded, like it’s New York Comic Con at Jacob Javits Center. Thanks to Nic Petry and Jake Bellew of Dancing Camera, we get a chance to experience an empty Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden with cherry blossoms in peak bloom. No one – not even the cinematographers' footsteps – can be heard in the video. But birds, wind, airplanes, and sirens are still present. It’s filmed in Brooklyn after all.


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