Springtime has come to NYC! One of the loveliest sights of the season is the blossoming cherry trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Through the month of April, visitors can partake in Hanami, the Japanese tradition of savoring each moment of cherry blossom season. Strolling the Cherry Esplanade and the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, one can view numerous species of cherry trees, which bloom at various times.
The season culminates April 28 & 29, 2012 with the Sakura Matsuri Festival, a celebration of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, music, and arts. See the website for the roster and schedule of events.
For serious cherry bloomers, the BBG website has detailed information about the varieties of trees found at the garden, and a Cherry Watch Blossom map, showing which stage of bloom the trees have reached.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is open Tuesday-Friday:8am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday:10am-6pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission is $10, and $5 for Seniors and Students.
Admission is free Saturday 10am-12pm
NOTE: this does not apply to the Sakura Matsuri Festival, which has special pricing.
Subway: 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway station; B or Q to Prospect Park station (B does not run on weekends); 4 or 5 to Franklin Avenue.