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Old 03-21-2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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WHO KNEW that Newark has the largest collection of Cherry Blossom trees in the Nation?

Apr 4-17: This month, the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the nation blooms in Newark’s Branch Brook Park as the city debuts its newly completed collection of more than 4,300 trees during the 35th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Set below a canopy of pink and white blossoms, the two-week-long celebration includes a gala, bicycle races, a 1-mile fun run and a 10K run, a nature photography workshop and more, culminating with the highlight of the festival, Bloomfest on April 17, a family day featuring music, food, cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, a crafters’ marketplace and more

http://njmonthly.com*/articles/event...loom-2011.html

We were just a little early - trees are mostly still budding - we'll go back on Friday and they should all be out. Here are some pictures from the outing. Click on the first one to see the rest.
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I didn't know that. I would have thought Michigan.

We were in Glen Wood Springs 6/10 during their Strawberry Festival. We thought that would be fun with various foods to buy that use strawberries jsut like they do here when the Gravenstein Apple is celebrate in August. Wrong. No strawberries are grown there, except maybe in backyard gardens. The festival is a tradition giong back to the 1800's where the various mining towns picked a fruit to celebrate after the long, cold winter. We still enjoyed the parade and festival but really wanted strawberry shortcake or homemade strawberry ice cream
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I never knew this Terry. Thanks. Your photos are wonderful.

We have quite a large number of Cherry Blossom Trees in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia which number about 2K, about half of what's in Branch Brook Park.

After reading your post I delved into this more and found out that in Macon, GA, they have about 300,000 Cherry Blossom Trees, but they're spread all over the area there.
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