Signs of Spring: Seeking Cherry Blossoms

peak bloom time forecast: april 18th-23rd2013-cherry-map

One of the many reasons I love Philly so much! Have you ever noticed, in April, how many cherry blossom trees we have here in Philadelphia? In 1926, as a sign of friendship, the Japanese government gifted Philadelphia 1,600 flowering trees to celebrate our 150th year of independence. In 1998, The Japan America Society of America planted 1,000 more over a 10 year period. Every year Philadelphia celebrates with the Cherry Blossom Festival hosted by Subaru with free events all over the city. When the fluffy pink & white blossoms emerge I know it’s FINALLY spring.

where to spot the blossoms

Fairmount Park: the map to the right shows exactly where.

Columbus Boulevard: planted right down the median.

Neighborhoods: Old City, Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square, Queen Village, Bella Vista & the Art Museum area!

Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill.

blossoms in 2014

I’m no photographer but I can’t help but take pictures of the cherry blossoms in bloom.


300 Block of Race Street in Old City


A Carpet of Pink in Queen Village


Horticulture Center