April 12, 2022

Cherry Blossom Time | Newark, New Jersey

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Cherry Blossom Time


The cherry blossom trees in Branch Brook Park are being celebrated again! Branch Brook Park has gone pink and white! 


The Cherry Blossom Festival was held for the first time in over 2 years. The Festival was called off the last 2 years due to the coronavirus pandemic. 


Branch Brook Park is located in Newark, New Jersey. It is home to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival


Newark’s has MORE cherry blossom trees than the famous ones in Washington, DC! 


Washington DC is only a pretender to the cherry blossom crown in the United States. DC has only about 3,000 cherry trees. Newark has over 5,000! 


The Branch Brook Park Alliance brags:


Essex County Branch Brook Park has the largest and most varied collection of flowering Cherry Blossom trees in a park within the United States. 


Branch Brook Park Has A Long History 


According to the Branch Brook Park Alliance


The land we now know as Branch Brook Park was then the property of the Newark Aqueduct Board. Much of that land was commandeered in July of 1862, at the outbreak of the Civil War; known as Camp Frelinghuysen, it was used as a training ground for New Jersey volunteers. Between 1862 and 1864, six regiments encamped there before fighting in every important battle from Antietam to Appomattox. 


The Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, most famous as the architect of New York’s spectacular Central Park. It was Essex County’s first county park. 


The Cherry Blossom Trees Arrive

In 1927 the Park received a gift from Caroline Bamberger Fuld


Caroline Bamberger Fuld donates 2,000 Japanese flowering cherry trees to a display in Newark that would rival that in Washington, D.C. The Olmsted Brothers' firm laid out the trees naturalistically on the tiered slopes along the narrow valley of the Second River, evoking the way the trees would be seen in Japan and distinguishing Branch Brook Park's display from all others. Eventually the collection would grow to more than 3,000 trees. 

There are now more than 5,200 flowering cherry trees in Newark!


I visited them on April 11th.

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You can check out the Branch Brook Alliance website, filled with information about the park and the cherry blossoms!


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Unlimited Link Party @ Grammy's Grid

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Friendship Friday @ Create With Joy 
Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound


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