Once again, the festival attempted to guess the unpredictable – we scheduled walks six months ahead of time, hoping to catch the peak blooming times around the city. Fortunately, these locations all have historical or cultural features of interest in addition to the blossoms, and our leaders will be sure to make the trip worth your while. Still, it’s best to keep checking this page for changes, as at least one walk date has been changed.

Cherry Blossom Viewing is a cool sport – please dress for it! Except for the evening talks, there is no need to register for these events – just show up with your boots and umbrella.

Our first walks come before the official festival opening, so you can see these trees in bloom.

 

Tree Talks and Walks Downtown and West End

  • March 12, 2016, Saturday, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Meet at Burrard Skytrain Station, on Burrard on the corner nearest the Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Presented by Wendy Cutler, VCBF Cherry Scout Co-ordinator. Wendy has been scouting and documenting the tree locations in these neighbourhoods since the festival began

The ‘Akebono’ cherries caught us by surprise (again) this year. They will be open for this walk. This is a long walk, to try to catch a variety of blooms. Here is a map of the route, which you can print to bring along as a guide.

 

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Tree Talks and Walks – Oppenheimer Park

  • March 13, 2016, Sunday, 1pm to 2:30pm; note that Daylight Saving Time starts today
  • Walk in Strathcona – Oppenheimer Park. Meet on the park side of the field house on Jackson, between Powell and Cordova.
  • Presented by arborist David Tracey. David is executive director of Tree City, a non-profit organization “helping people and trees grow together”. David also leads workshops on organic fruit tree selection and care.

This park is the site of “Legacy Sakura”, trees planted in 1977 to commemorate the centennial of the first generation of Japanese who came to settle in Canada. The walk will include the history of the trees and many other points of interest within a six block circumference of the park. Here is a map showing tree locations, but not the actual route. This will not be handed out at the walk.

Tree Talks and Walks – Cherry & heritage walk in Mandarin in Downtown Coal Harbour

  • March 24, 2016, 2016, Thursday, 10:00am to noon
  • Meet at the lobby of Hyatt Regency Vancouver at 655 Burrard Street
  • Led by Joseph Lin, director of the Green Club of BC. Joseph Lin knows more about Vancouver street trees than maybe anyone, and his enthusiasm is infectious.

Tree Talks and Walks Easter Parade in the West End

  • March 27, 2016, Sunday, 1:30 pm to 3:30pm – This is Easter Sunday
  • Meet at Burrard Skytrain Station, on Burrard on the corner nearest the Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Presented by Wendy Cutler, Cherry Scout Co-ordinator. Wendy has been scouting and documenting the tree locations in these neighbourhoods since the festival began, and she has led several sakura tours of the area.

This walk begins with the singing of Easter Parade, accompanied by ukuleles and you! You may wear your Easter Bonnet for the occasion, and you may play your ukulele. The singing begins at 1:25 sharp (but in tune). Here is a map of the route, and the words to the song. This is a long walk, with the payoff at the end in Stanley Park. If you are most interested in the exciting trees at the end, consider attending tomorrow’s walk (March 28), which starts right at the ‘Akebono’ trees at the Rose Garden.

Tree Talks and Walks – Stanley Park

  • March 28, 2016, Monday, 1:30pm to 3:00 <== Note change in date !!!!
  • Meet at the Rose Arbour at the Lower Rose Garden, Pipeline Rd, Stanley Park
  • Presented by Park Board Superintendent of Urban Forestry, Bill Stephen.

This spot will be a focal point to discover many of the beautiful and unusual ornamental trees and plants in Stanley Park’s Shakespeare Garden. It will also discuss some of the history of the park and how the Park Board balances demands of the public with the need for open green space.

Tree Talk (not a Walk) in the evening: Blossom Biology Workshop

  • March 31, 2016, Thursday, 7:30pm to 9pm
  • Classroom at VanDusen Botanical Garden, in the new building, end of hallway to the left
  • Presented by Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research. Douglas brings the cherries to you!

Learn how to identify our cherry cultivars.  Registration is requested for this workshop, as seating is limited: send an email to Wendy Cutler.

 Tree Talks and Walks UBC

  • April 2, 2016, Saturday, 10:00am to 11:30am
  • Meet outside Fraser Parkade by the Asian Centre, just east of the Nitobe Memorial Garden at 6440 Memorial Rd.
  • Presented by Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research. Douglas wrote the book!

Tree Talks and Walks Queen Elizabeth Park  <== Note change in time !!!!

  • April 3, 2016, Sunday, 1:30pm to 3pm
  • Queen Elizabeth Park, meet at the parking lot (33rd Ave and Cambie) under the west end cherry trees
  • Presented by Alex Downie, Park Operations Manager, overseeing the Urban Forestry, Golf Operations, Major Maintenance & Construction, Park Rangers, and Fleet departments, and former Supervisor of Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory.

A guided tree walk highlighting the many exotic and native trees at Queen Elizabeth Park’s arboretum, founded in 1949, contains tree species from around the world. This walk will focus on the ornamental qualities and garden-worthiness of the wide palette of trees we can grow in Vancouver.

Tree Talks and Walks – Stanley Park <== Moved to March 28 !!!!

  • This walk, originally scheduled for April 3, has been moved to Monday, March 28, 2016, at 1:30pm, to catch the trees in bloom.

Tree Talks and Walks – VanDusen Botanical Garden

  • April 9, 2016, Saturday, 1:30pm to 3pm
  • Include a tour of the garden as part of your Sakura Days experience. Meet at the Guides’ table just inside the Garden. Note that paid Sakura Day admission is required for this walk
  • Presented by Cherry Scout and VanDusen volunteer Anne Eng. Anne has been a keen cherry scout since way back, and she brings her festival experience to her extended knowledge of the cherries at VanDusen.

Tree Talks and Walks – VanDusen Botanical Garden

  • April 10, 2016, Sunday, 1:30pm to 3pm
  • Include a tour of the garden as part of your Sakura Days experience. Meet at the Guides’ table just inside the Garden. Note that paid Sakura Day admission is required for this walk
  • Presented by VanDusen volunteer Lisa Lennie. Lisa is a very dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced VanDusen guide and VCBF event participant who is familiar with the VanDusen cherry collection.