Branch Brook Park ~ Newark, New Jersey
Branch Brook Park is located in my hometown of Newark, NJ. Branch Brook Park was created in 1895 making it the first county park in the nation. It has the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the world… more than Washington, DC and more than Japan. The cherry trees were a gift donated in 1927 by Caroline Bamberger Fuld. BBP is 360 acres and has almost 5000 cherry trees.
This year, 2013, the Cherry Blossom Festival runs from April 6 – 20, the Bloomfest is Sunday, April 13, 2013 from 11am – 5pm
The cherry trees below are along Second River which forms the border between Newark and Belleville.
In the tree below on the left is my daughter Deb and her dog Chappy in 2010 – on the right is Deb and our first mini-dachshund, Mustard sitting in a tree at BBP in 1979 .
If you’re in, or around Newark, NJ go and visit this beautiful park and enjoy the cherry blossoms.
– by Joan –