December 20, 2023. We’re back! Cherries of the 10th month are not looking outstanding, but they’re around, just not very showy. It’s the 12th month now, so the flowers on this ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ at Lost Lagoon really count as the first cherries of the 2024 blossom year.
You can find the new 2014 enlarged edition of the indispensable guide to Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver, written by Douglas Justice, Associate Director & Curator of Collections at UBC Botanical Garden. Purchase the full eBook version here on our Shop.
International Cherry Blossom Prediction Competition
The competition organizers will provide all the publicly available data they can find on the bloom date of cherry trees. Competitors will use this data, in combination with any other publicly available data, to create reproducible predictions of the bloom dates at five locations around the globe.
Compete for prizes of up to $5,000 and help scientists better understand the impacts of climate change. Complete submissions include a short narrative and a link to a publicly accessible Git repository.
Some of our festival favourite photo-op locations were shown here during the bloom season with current year photos and the approximate blooming dates. Red markers on our festival map show all our favourite locations. When we talk about Festival Favourites, we mean you will be happy you made the trip to see them to photograph them. When you’re there, remember the neighbours:
1) do not climb the trees 2) do not break the branches 3) be respectful of the residents who live on the street 4) do not stop in the middle of the street 5) keep your visit to a max of 15mins (cause really, how long does it take to snap a few photos?) 6) stay on city property, do not go on private property 7) try to stay off the grass, especially if you are wearing heels. Mostly – be respectful to the environment and the residents. Remember that it is the residents who are responsible for caring for those trees.
Learn How to Take Cherry Blossom Photos with your phone thanks to Cakewalk Media for the tips!