Today (Sat April 21st 2018) was the Cherry Blossom Festival on Roosevelt Island. Though there are few trees, they’re located right opposite the Renwick Hospital Ruins, on the way to the Island’s famous FDR Park – designed by Louis Kahn. The program ran from 12:30 – 5pm, and included dance, Shamisen, a Japanese String Ensemble, and the Japanese Taiko Drummers. The island’s Wikipedia entry is replete with history.
Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden’s cherry trees are all in full bloom now. All is conveniently coded and mapped out: https://www.bbg.org/collections/cherries. The rest of the Garden’s trees will be in bloom during the weeks ahead. Instead of a program, the Garden has instead to have Family Discovery Weekends through June 3rd (but not Memorial Day).
NYBG has over 200 cherry trees and an online Cherry Blossom Tracker – which as of this posting is 50% of the way to Peak Bloom.
Central Park’s cherry blossoms have resulted in a special $1145 package at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Otherwise googling those key words brings up Macon GA’s central park and its cherry blossom festival – featuring a human cannonball.
Branch Brook Park’s bloomfest is in early April (1-15th) – though this weekend, the 21st, it’s at its best. It features cell phone touring of 72 key spots in the park by dialing, 973-433-9047 + 45-minute guided tours can be arranged. And it’s all near Newark or but a few miles from Lincoln Tunnel. It is The Star of not just the NYC area for its 360 acre park, designed by Olmsted as was Central Park. But Branch Brook Park has 4000 cherry trees – greater than Washington DC’s 3750 trees. So why go to Washington DC? Especially since DC’s peak bloom date, established by the national park service, was April 4 this year.