COVID 19 has changed our lives by isolating us, forcing us to be homebound and not being able to see some of the beauty this spring. One of the first signs of spring is the Cherry Blossom festivals in Washington DC., Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Roosevelt Island.
Cherry Blossoms have been planted in Washington DC since 1912 when 3,000 trees were gifted to our nation’s capital. This is one of the biggest attractions in DC. This year the trees bloomed, but the festival which hasd been celebrated since 1927, will not take place.
It took me many years to go to visit DC for the cherry blossom period. Unfortunately, I planned my trip towards the end of the season several years ago.
The Brooklyn Botanical Garden has been a great place for New Yorkers to view cherry blossoms and to attend their Cherry Blossom Festivals. The first cherry tree was given tot he garden by the Japanese government after World War I. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is considered to be one of the best cherry blossom sites outside of Japan. The Garden celebrates the blooming of the trees for almost an entire month. This year because of the COVID 19, the Garden is closed. They do have a blooming map that you may want to check out and they have a video for you to view. Below are a couple of pictures which I have taken of the trees at the Garden.
One of my favorite places to go to visit is Roosevelt Island. When I have visitors, one of the first places I take them is to Roosevelt Island. As New Yorkers, we are very lucky because there are numerous cherry trees on this island.
The first Cherry Blossom festival on the island was in 2010. I have visited it over the years and have seen the growth of people attending the festival event. In 2019 was the first time I can remember that we had to go through a check-point which limited you as to where you were able to move. It was extremely crowded. A number of MeetUp participants decided to leave a little early due to the lines for the tram and subway. The subway system was rationed as to how many persons could enter the system. It was a beautiful day, but the end was a nightmare. I have never been in such chaotic atmosphere trying to leave the island. Below are a couple of pictures of going down to the subway.
I hope you have enjoyed viewing some of these pictures of previous Cherry Blossoms seasons. Even though it looks as though we won’t be able to enjoy this year’s blossom season, we can remember when we were able to gather together under the blossoms. If you would like to share your pictures, why don’t you add it to this MeetUp page, so we can all enjoy your pictures.
If we are lucky, we may be able to see the end of the season if things improve. If we are able to gather, we may try to visit Roosevelt Island to view what remains of the Cherry Blossoms. Please take care of yourself and your family.