Hasn’t the weather been out of sorts lately? Just as it affects us all in what to wear every day (hmm, a sweater or a t-shirt today?), the strange cold-warm-FREEZING weather affects the cherry blossom buds and determines when they’ll bloom, making this year particularly difficult to predict when peak time will occur. Our resident Head Gardener Francheska Snyder has a keen eye for things like this though so we feel safe in our prediction.
“We predict peak cherry tree bloom will take place from 29th-April 4th, just in time for the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival and the opening of Shofuso,” said Francheska Snyder, head gardener at Shofuso. “The buds are already out of their dormancy and into their green stage, and will bloom within 12-17 days.”
Thus we begin the wait and countdown until the cherry blossoms show to see if our predictions are true. Of course there are also some late blooming varieties that will surely be starting to open during the coveted first couple weeks of Spring. This means lots of pink sights to behold at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, April 1st to the 9th this year!
If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to do some hanami 花見 “flower viewing”, otherwise known as going outside to enjoy some snacks, drinks, and *gasp* other people’s company, all under the gorgeous pink petals of the cherries that line the Schuykill river and Fairmount Park. Thankfully, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden opens on April 1st and will remain open all through the cherry blossom festival for those needing to get their scratch their flowery itch.
Lastly, for all of you hardcore blossom-seekers. Here is a list of what we think are the 5 best spots to view the Spring blossoms (map):
1.Shofuso Japanese House and Garden & Horticultural Center
Weeping cherry tree over Japanese House’s pond and garden, cherry tree allee from JASGP plantings and the original 1926 plantings
2. Kelly Drive/East River
Cherry trees from 1933 planting
North of Boathouse Row past where Girard Ave. crosses Kelly Drive
3. Memorial Hall/Please Touch Museum
On Lansdowne Drive, behind Memorial Hall
4. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive/West River
From south of Montgomery Drive north to Falls Bridge
5. Belmont Plateau
Along Belmont Mansion Drive overlooking the city skyline