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April 12, 2022

Cherry Blossom Time | Newark, New Jersey

cherry blossoms

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.

cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms

 

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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Please check out my post about The Clara Barton Schoolhouse in Bordentown, New Jersey!


This week I will be linking to:

 
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
 

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!
 

Cherry Blossom Time | Newark, New Jersey

April 12, 2022

June 08, 2015

The Farm at Green Village | Green Village, New Jersey

Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey


The Farm at Green Village in lovely Green Village, New Jersey, contains over 30 acres of trees, plants, flowers, and animals. 
 
They have an amazing and beautiful variety of flora and fauna, and everything you'd need for your garden or patio.

It is one of my favorite places in New Jersey  because it is pretty and peaceful. 

It's a magical place . . .

I am very fond of the beautiful swans.


Swans at Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

Swans at Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey



The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

Gazebo at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

Statuary The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

Plants and flowers at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey


Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey


Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

 
You can read more about The Farm at Green Village here.

Linking to:


Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy
Our World Tuesday @ Our World Tuesday
Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday
Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Thursday Favorite Things@Katherine's Corner 
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

 
Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!
 

The Farm at Green Village | Green Village, New Jersey

June 08, 2015

April 07, 2015

Pequest Trout Hatchery | Oxford, New Jersey

Trout Hatchery


The Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford Township, New Jersey is the only state-owned and operated trout hatchery. It is run by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Up to 700,000 trout annually are prepared for eventual release into the lakes, rivers and streams of New Jersey. 

Last October, after visiting Belvidere and while we were eating at Hot Dog Johnny’s, which I wrote about in my last post, we wandered over to look at the Pequest River flowing behind the restaurant.

Pequest River, New Jersey

We saw this sign:

Trout stocked water sign

We were vaguely wondering about stocking the rivers with trout while on our way home and drove right by The Pequest Trout Hatchery. It was open, so we decided to visit!

Pequest Trout Hatchery

Eggs from trout are taken and put into incubators. When they hatch, they are transferred to the nursery, where they reside in large fiberglass tanks for about 4 months. 

Trout in fiberglass tanks
Trout are moved into raceways
The raceways where the trout mature:

The Raceways at the Pequest Trout Hatchery
Then the trout are transported to their destinations in more than 200 lakes, streams and rivers all around New Jersey.

Pequest Trout Hatchery
Pequest Trout Hatchery
There is an education center in the main building that describes the life of the trout and other wildlife in New Jersey: 

Pequest Trout Hatchery

The long wooden structure with holes is a bee house, and the top one is a bat house. 

Pequest Fish Hatchery Bee House and Bat House

The New Jersey state record black bear. He weighed 829 pounds and was 13 years old.

Big Black Bear
Owl


Linking up to: 

Our World Tuesday 

Wordless Wednesday 


Outdoor Wednesday 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!

 

Pequest Trout Hatchery | Oxford, New Jersey

April 07, 2015

October 18, 2011

Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair



Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair

October 18, 2011

August 03, 2010

Eagle, Colorado, March 2010

Eagle, Colorado

Eagle, Colorado, March 2010

August 03, 2010