Cherry Blossom Time | Newark, New Jersey

April 12, 2022

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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!

 

Also see my other posts about gardens!

 

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Unlimited Link Party @ Grammy's Grid

Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday
Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner 

Skywatch Friday @ Skywatch Friday

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

 

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Comments

  1. I was originally from the Trenton area and we had similar trees. So beautiful

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  2. Beautiful photos Spring has arrived :-)

    Have a cherryblossomtastic week 👍

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  3. Oh, so gorgeous are the cherry blossom trees! Love to see them flowering. Just this morning I bought a Yoshino Cherry tree plus I bought one on my birthday in March. These are the first two I have owned so I am very excited.

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  4. SO pretty. I Like that interesting fact you shared about the number of trees. Very cool. Have a great restof your weekend.

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    1. There are so many beautiful trees in that park. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. You are so lucky to live close to all those cherry trees. I'd love to see the festival!

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    1. It's really beautiful. We were so sad we couldn't go the last two years.

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  6. Wow, gorgeous! I had no idea Newark has so many cherry trees.

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    1. Yes, they have so many and are always planning new ones. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. So beautiful!

    Jocelyn
    https://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  8. Well the truth is out now about Newark's cherry blossoms. I think Tulsa, to my knowledge, has only two cherry blossom trees that I now about.

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    1. Newark is so proud of the cherry blossoms. The park is beautiful all year long. I'm sure Tulsa has many beautiful places, too.

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  9. So beautiful. Our forsythias (Binghamton, NY area) are now only starting to bloom. I grew up in New York City and knew nothing about this park in Newark. Amazing lack of knowledge, in a way. Never been to the DC blooms but I visited Macon, Georgia's cherry blossoms some years ago.

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  10. Can tell you're a Newark fan:):) Blooming trees are so uplifting! Have a great Easter:)

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  11. How beautiful! I lived in Brooklyn, NY, most of my life and never knew that Newark had so many cherry trees. If I knew this I would have taken a drive to see them.

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  12. Oh how beautiful! It must be a sight to behold. We can't grow cherry trees in my neck of the woods, but we do have stunning crab apple trees.

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  13. Amazing cherry blossoms, their scent must be so calming!
    Visiting here from Skywatch Friday
    Happy Easter!

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    1. They are beautiful and calming! Thanks for visiting!

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  14. Greetings and Salutations! Cherry blossoms are sooo wonderful. Boy that is a great number in NJ.

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