Each April, Branch Brook Park in Newark has one of the best displays of cherry trees in the world.
Events List :
|2||Historic Park Tours|
|4||Cherry Blossom 10K Run|
|5||Children’s One-Mile Fun Run/Walk|
|6||Cherry Blossom Challenge: Annual Bike Race|
Info from the site:
For the last 38 years, people from throughout New Jersey have traveled to Essex County Branch Brook Park to celebrate spring under an awning of pink petals every April. The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the arrival of spring with a jam packed schedule of events that pays homage to the historic Essex County Park System, captures the beauty of the cherry tree, and embraces the Japanese tradition of hanami. The festival is administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and is supported by corporate and community partners throughout Essex. Many events are free and all are open to the public.
Essex County Branch Brook Park was conceived by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1867, designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm between 1898 and 1938, and saw its first cherry tree planted in 1927 thanks to a generous gift from Caroline Bamberger Fuld.
The Park is part of the Essex County Park System—the first established county park system in the United States—and is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Registers of Historic Places.
After learning that many of the original trees were decaying due to old age, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. initiated a multi-phase program in 2007 to plant 4,000 new cherry trees throughout the Park by 2010. These plantings have helped to strengthen and add to a striking cherry tree collection that is recognized as having the greatest variety in the world.
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