The cherry blossoms are in bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden! As you might recall from our previous post about the BBG, entry is free on Tuesdays and Saturdays before noon. Sadly, the garden closes at 6 PM on weeknights, making an evening trip difficult — but it opens at 8 AM, so a morning sojourn (assuming you live nearby, as I do) is not impossible. Nor is it crowded.
I arrived at about 8:05, and was among the first visitors, but not the first. The sky was threatening rain, which may have dampened (get it?) interest, but about a half-dozen people were already scoping out photo-ops on the Cherry Esplanade. Thankfully, the rain held off until I’d continued on my commute.
It wasn’t just the cherry blossoms; other flowers were blooming all over the garden, like these tulips.
This weekend is the Sakura Matsuri! That means no free Saturday entry, but lots of activities beyond the usual. Since the cherry blossom festival is scheduled far in advance, it’s pure luck when it happens to coincide with peak blossom — as it will this year.
Location: 990 Washington Avenue (stretches east-west from Flatbush Avenue to Washington Avenue and north-south from Eastern Parkway to Empire Boulevard).
Nearest Subway: Eastern Parkway entrance: 2/3 at Grand Army Plaza or Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum, or B/Q at 7 Avenue; Washington Avenue entrance: 2/3 at Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum or Franklin Avenue, or S at Botanic Garden; Flatbush Avenue entrance: B/Q at Prospect Park.
Estimated Timespan: 2-3 hours
Cost: $12 Adults; $6 Seniors and Students; free Saturday before noon and Tuesday all day.