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Cherries in Brooklyn

By Linda Tancs

One of the highlights of Brooklyn Botanic Garden this time of year is the cherry blossom watch. Their flowering cherry collection sports dozens of species and cultivars. Among the earliest blooms are those along Cherry Walk, a meandering path east of Cherry Esplanade and its twin rows of towering blossoms. Another favored viewing area is the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, where the weeping Higan cherry trees attract scores of shutterbugs. No one tree remains in flower for more than a week, and there is no moment when all are blooming at once. Because the different species and cultivars blossom in succession, you’ll find many opportunities to savor the season that generally lasts until mid-May.


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