Monthly Archives: April 2020

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in Stanley Park, April 18 to 26

The beautiful cherry blossom season of 2020 is winding down, to be followed by the later parade of magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas.

The ‘Takasago’ north of Rose Garden Lane continues to blossom in the last week of the festival.

The ‘Takasago’ north of Rose Garden Lane continues to be outstanding, whereas I went passed two ‘Rancho’ trees growing south of the Stanley Park Pavilion, and realized I had missed their blooming entirely.

I have enjoyed photographing, smelling, and learning about four more Prunus cultivars over the last ten days: ‘Kanzan’, ‘Gyoiko’, read more

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in Stanley Park, April 10 to 17

Third Report, Nina Shoroplova, Cherry Scout for Stanley Park

So many cultivars of flowering cherries reached peak beauty this past week that it’s hard to know where to begin. Though I have never before concentrated on so few tree species at a time, I now understand the fascination with the transcendent and fragile beauty of cherry blossoms.

This third report about the blossoming cherry trees in Stanley Park for the week April 10 to 16 reveals that there are cherry trees along every walk, beside read more

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in Stanley Park, April 3 to 9

Second Report, Nina Shoroplova, Cherry Scout for Stanley Park

So we grew together,

Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,

But yet an union in partition;

Two lovely berries moulded on one stem.

Shakespeare, A Midsummer-Night’s Dream III, ii, 208–211

In Stanley Park this week, the first full week of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, double and single cherry blossoms abound—cherry trees of various species and cultivars are in prebloom, first bloom, and full bloom stages.

There are now three groves of ‘Akebono’ moving through full bloom.

The grove of ‘Akebono’ on Chilco at Alberni near Georgia Street entrance to Stanley Park is glorious.

The grove of ‘Akebono’ on Chilco at Alberni, near the Welcome to Vancouver sign on Highway 99 is now at peak glory. What were once pale read more

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Begins

First Report, Nina Shoroplova, Cherry Scout for Stanley Park

Tuesday, April 2, 2020, is the first day of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. The pale pink of ‘Akebono’, the brighter pink of ‘Accolade’, and the white of ‘Snow Goose’ provide the colours of the day, as every cherry scout knows full well. Keeping their physical distance from others, cherry scouts armed with their cameras are venturing out on their daily walks into their neighbourhoods, along their boulevards, and through read more