Many of you have responded with great enthusiasm to the wonderful display that the Japanese cherry trees in Washington DC provide each spring. For those who cannot organize their trip in time, know that there is always a great opportunity to visit another city in the Northeastern United States.
In fact, spring colors and flowers are celebrated in Philadelphia in April. Every year, the cherry trees bloom there seven to ten days after those in the US national capital. Like Washington, this year’s peak bloom in Philly will be scheduled earlier on March 29.
They can be admired from many places in the city. Among my favorites, the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center is worth a visit. It’s a little-known gem, beautiful with its traditional house built in Japan.
The banks of the Schuylkill River are also dotted with pink and white. To the east, along Kelly Drive, the bike path is great for riding, and on the other side, Drexel Park offers a beautiful view of the Philly urban skyline shaded between cherry trees. Take a walk in Old Town or neighborhoods like Washington Square West, Bella Vista or the very beautiful Rittenhouse Square and discover beautiful flower-filled streets.
In Fairmount Park, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival comes alive every year. It celebrates the sakura, but also the city’s cultural links to Japan. Many of the nearly century-old trees were planted in 1926 following a gift from the Land of the Rising Sun to mark 150 years of American independence. Activities include taiko rhythm performances, kimono parades and more.
Photo courtesy of Visit Philly
The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates cherry trees but also the cultural ties between Japan and Philadelphia.
Gardens and Dandelion Art
It’s not just the cherry trees that attract attention. For more than a month, we’ve been celebrating the spring bloom at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square.
These classic and exceptionally rich gardens attract enthusiasts from all over the world every year. More than 100,000 colorful tulips, magnolias, daffodils and azaleas light up these fountain-filled Italianate and French-style gardens.
Is it raining? We rush to the great and renovated Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The question that remains in this spring theme is that we will discover the exhibition in particular The Rhythms of Nature: The Art and Design of Studio DriftIt explores the relationship between nature and technology and the fragility of the future through an installation featuring Dandelion.
A new and interesting “Visit Philly 3-Day Stay” program features a dozen prestigious hotels and allows you to benefit from a free third night. Perfect for planning a long weekend. Valid till December 31, 2023.
The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival takes place on April 15 and 16. The event is free and takes place near the Fairmount Park Horticultural Center.
To visit Longwood Gardens, you must purchase your tickets in advance by entering at a specific time. Once there, stay as long as needed.
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