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Volunteer Opportunities for the 2015 festival

 

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We’re looking for volunteers for the 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom festival! Photographers, kite-makers, and everyone else who has a passion for the blossoms!

If you have a passion for our 40,000 flowering cherry trees and like meeting new people, our festival events offer a wide range of fun and exciting volunteer positions for you from Cherry Jam Downtown and Sakura Days Japan Fair  to Tree Talks & Walks and Bike the Blossoms!

To volunteer for these Festival events, please contact [email protected] .

The Festival is specifically looking for Cherry Scouts for every Vancouver neighbourhood. Cherry Scouts photograph and report to the Festival on the progression of the blossom so everyone can enjoy the show! To learn more about being a Cherry Scout please click here: Cherry Scout. To volunteer as a Cherry Scout, email [email protected].

Share your skills and spread the joy!

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Whitcomb cherry at Government House in Victoria, BC

 

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Photo credit: Lotus Johnson, [email protected] Rights Reserved.

Lotus Johnson has posted a few photos of a ‘Whitcomb’ cherry at Government House in Victoria, in a protected location, one-quarter in bloom.

Usually ‘Whitcomb’ do a little preview in January, with a few branches showing open flowers. This is one of her photos on flickr.

Victoria often sees cherry blossoms a little bit earlier than Vancouver because of a warmer climate.

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Shirofugen late season

Shirofugen red bud scales
We’re approaching the end of the season with the late blooming cherries.
Kanzan petals are almost gone and Shirofugen are starting to lose their petals already.
Shirofugen red bud scales
In another week, all that will be left to see will be pink ‘Shiro-fugen’ blossoms, with green leaves now. They’ll look a little like ‘Kanzan’, but not as bright and with longer stems. And the flowers will look kind-of past their prime.
Shirofugen red bud scales
Then in another three weeks or so, when those flowers are still hanging on, you’ll see what look like little green leaves coming out from the middle of the flowers. That will be the green leaf-like (phylloid) pistils starting to grow.
Then in June, you’ll see a few new white flowers on those trees, and still quite a few of the pink flowers remaining. You can stay interested in those trees almost till the end of June.
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Autumnalis Rosea at Lost Lagoon

It’s only January, but our cherry scouts are already working hard to spot the winter cherries that are blooming in Vancouver right now. Cherry scout Meighan Makarchuk took these pictures of Autumnalis Rosea cherry trees at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, two days ago:

Photo by Meighan Makarchuk. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.
Photo by Meighan Makarchuk. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

 

 

Photo by Meighan Makarchuk. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.
Photo by Meighan Makarchuk. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

 

 

Are there autumnalis rosea cherry blossoms in your neighborhood? Find out by consulting the VCBF map.

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Sakura Illumination Tour (April 24)

Sakura Illuminatino tour

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First cherries in West End

Temperatures are below freezing and, yet, the first cherry blossoms are starting to come out at Lost Lagoon.  Beautiful!

Automnalis rosea

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Cherry tree (half spring half autumn)

Vancouver cherry tree half spring half autumn

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A second spring

“Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower” Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Welcome to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival blog! As cherry leaves turn orange , the Cherry Team is already working hard to prepare next year’s festival.

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