We are in the midst of Cherry Blossom Festival in Vancouver, where more than 40,000 cherry trees are welcoming spring, finally, into our city.
The festival began as a recognition of the 500 cherry trees that were given to our city by the mayors of Kobe and Yokohama, Japan in the early 1930s.
Congratulations to Founding Executive Director Linda Poole and her team who have hosted concerts, workshops, art exhibitions and fairs under the pink-hued cherry tree canopies since 2005.
This year the festival offers over 20 public events, featuring the Plein-Air Blossom painting and Sakura Days Japan Fair at the VanDusen Botanical Garden, and the Cherry Jam Downtown at Burrard Skytrain Station. Visitors can also stroll through the picturesque Nitobe Memorial Garden of UBC’s Botanical Garden in Vancouver Quadra.
In honour of this great yearly tradition, I wish Vancouverites a very happy Cherry Blossom Festival, let’s give spring a very warm welcome back to our city!