Blossoming trees have a special appeal to many people. Their blooming petals and delicate fragrance can bring a sense of peace to our lives. The blossoms of spring can be seen in hedgerows, along forest verges, in solitary trees, and even in gardens.
The National Trust is running a campaign to encourage people to share their photos of blossoming trees on social media in order to raise awareness about the importance of protecting UK countryside. The spring season is an ideal time to spot blossoms as they come into full flower – so, if you’re planning a walk in the countryside this month, check out our guide of the best places to see blossom.
Cherry Trees in Central Park
Ranging from deep magenta to pale pink to crisp white, Central blossoms by the park are a must-see in spring. Fortunately, thanks to this year’s warm winter, they are now blooming much earlier than usual.
New York City’s “world’s park” boasts dozens of Yoshino cherry trees that were gifted from Japan in 1912. While the entire park is worth visiting for the flowering season, this grove of Okame cherry trees is especially beautiful.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the world’s top spots for cherry blossom viewing. With 26 different species of cherries, this horticultural institution has become a springtime destination for nature lovers and photographers alike.
The park has a variety of events throughout the blooming season, including a weekend of music and dance performances called Blossom Weekend. To get the most out of your visit, it’s a good idea to check out BBG’s Cherrywatch, which is updated daily and lists the bloom progress of every cherry species.
Branch Brook Park in Essex County, NJ is home to more than 5,200 cherry blossom trees in 18 varieties, and the park’s Cherry Blossom Welcome Center offers a great place to take in the blooms. The center, which is under major reconstruction in 2023, will also house a variety of other events.
In addition to the blossoms, there are a host of other springtime flowers to enjoy at this East River park. Its picturesque lake is a must-see, and its surrounding trees are dotted with crabapples and red maples. This park is often considered the site where famed poet Audre Lorde found inspiration and where she lived for a time.
A Mondstadt-style park lined with lush hedgerows and sturdy trees, Bird and Blossom Park is a perfect oasis for enjoying the beauty of the season. The park is also a favorite for bards, who often sing while surrounded by the fountains.
Long Island City’s waterfront park is home to a beautiful grove of Yoshino cherry trees. The park also boasts many other perks, like playgrounds, a dog run, bike paths, platform terraces and more.
Boston’s Charles River Esplanade
Boston doesn’t have a whole lot to offer in terms of cherry blossoms, but the Esplanade in Back Bay is a great spot to witness this seasonal event. With the help of a raft or a kayak, you can float down the river and watch the cherry trees come to life.