Saturday, April 5, 2014

NJ Has More Cherry Blossoms Than Washington DC

Looking for some Spring season this weekend?

Washington D.C is famous for the thousands of cherry trees sent there as a gift from Japan more than a hundred years ago, but did you know that Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey has more cherry trees than Washington D.C.?

Every spring, residents and visitors can see the largest cherry blossom collection in the United States there.

Branch Brook Park, which runs through Belleville and Newark, has more than 2,700 Japanese cherry blossom trees that burst into full bloom during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival that features various events for visitors of all ages.

Branch Brook Park is historically unique for being the first county park in the United States opened to the public. It was designed by the famed landscape architectural firm of Olmsted Brothers, a successor to Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park in New York City.




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