(Updated: April 26, 2017)
Such a nice day to welcome spring’s arrival with a tour to Toronto High Park and be part of the Japanese tradition of Hanami - cherry blossom flower viewing. This is the centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming cherry tree, also known as Sakura cherry tree. The first Japanese Sakura cherry tree was planted in Toronto 1959 and it was a present from the citizens of Tokyo Japan. In 2001, an additional 34 Cherry Blossom trees were donated to High Park by the Skaura project - History of the Skaura in Toronto, and the trees have been a popular attraction to the the park ever since.
In Toronto, cherry blossoms typically bloom in late April or early May, the flowering of the cherry trees is spectacular, but peak bloom only lasts about a week depending on the weather conditions in City of Toronto. According to High Park Nature Centre, the peak bloom is expected to start this week.
Last year, many of the buds were damaged by cold weather and frost that followed an early April ice storm in the Toronto area, resulting in a disappointed year for Sakura tour. Flowering cherry blossoms will not bloom if they are affected by freezing temperatures in their early budding stage.
(Photo taken May 2016 in Toronto High Park)
Other blooms in the park