The Cherry Blossom Festival is slated for April 5 – 13, 2014.
Branch Brook Park – Newark, New Jersey
According to this article though it’s possible peak bloom won’t be until Easter, April 20. Whether they bloom early, on time, or late they are worth going to see.
These pictures were taken in 2010 on our trip to the park.
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. The Cherry Blossom Festival runs for two weeks, the Bloomfest is April 5 – 13, 2014, with peak expected on Easter Sunday, April 20. But, Mother Nature with her whimsically weird sense of humor is experiencing a late Spring this year, and so the cherry trees are a little on the late side…well worth waiting for of course.
The cherry trees below are along Second River which forms the border between Newark and Belleville.
It was a beautiful day to be out in the park enjoying the fresh air, the beauty of nature and recalling fond memories of Branch Brook Park.