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, some events have been added and some have been rescheduled because of the blooming season coming three weeks early.

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

Pre-season Talks and Walks Weekend

These pre-season walks are brought to you by the VCBF Cherry Scouts, to present locations that have decided not to wait for the scheduled events

Tree Talks and Walks – Downtown to Stanley Park

  • March 14, 2015, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm
  • See the iconic ‘Akebono’ trees in bloom at Burrard Station and several other spots Downtown and in the West End. This walk will end at the Heronry near the Parks Board building at the foot of Pendrell Street.
  • Meet at the corner of Burrard and Melville under the cherry trees
  • Presented by Cherry Scout Co-ordinator Wendy Cutler

Here is a map of the general route. The walk will depart at  2pm. If you are late, you can try to catch up with us, or just follow the route and see some nice trees. Note that the map fits on legal-sized paper.

Tree Talks and Walks – VanDusen Botanical Garden

  • March 15, 2015, Sunday, 1:30pm to 3pm
  • Tour VanDusen when the magnificent ‘Beni-shidare’ cherries are in bloom
  • Presented by Cherry Scout and VanDusen volunteer Anne Eng



Rescheduled walks

Tree Talks and Walks – Oppenheimer Park

  • March 21, 2015, Saturday, 1pm to 2:30pm
  • 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.


Tree Talks and Walks – Stanley Park

  • March 29, 2015, Sunday, 2pm to 3:30
  • Meet at the Rose Arbour at the Lower Rose Garden, Pipeline Rd, Stanley Park
  • Presented by Park Board arborist, 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.

Back to our regularly scheduled events

Please note that the trees are not aware of this schedule. There may be date changes the week before a walk if rescheduling would work better with the blooming date at the walk location.
Please check here before the walks to confirm the dates.

Cherry & heritage walk in Mandarin in Downtown Coal Harbour

  • April 2, 2015, Thursday, 10:00am to noon
  • Meet at the lobby of Hyatt Regency Vancouver at 655 Burrard Street

Joseph Lin knows more about Vancouver street trees than maybe anyone, and his enthusiasm is infectious.

Tree Talk (not a Walk) in the evening: Teach yourself about our cherry trees

  • date, 7:30pm to 9pm
  • Cedar Room at VanDusen Botanical Garden
  • Presented by Wendy Cutler, Cherry Scout Co-ordinator

This talk did not happen in 2015, but it’s planned for 2016. Using the information the festival makes available to you, you can easily learn to recognize many of our cherry trees. In this workshop, we will discuss how to go about finding all  the information and how to use it. Registration is requested for this workshop, as seating is limited: send an email to Wendy Cutler ([email protected]).


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

  • April 2, 2015, 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 ([email protected]).

Tree Talks and Walks – David Lam Park

  • April 4, 2015, Saturday, 1:15pm to 2:00pm
  • Walk in Yaletown – David Lam Park

Joseph Lin knows more about Vancouver street trees than maybe anyone, and his enthusiasm is infectious. He will be leading a walk in David Lam Park, sharing the late Honourable Dr. David Lam’s Cherry Philosophy of life.

Tree Talks and Walks Easter Parade in the West End

  • April 5, 2015, Sunday, 1:30 pm to 3:00pm – 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). There will not be ‘Akebono’ trees in bloom for this walk.

Tree Talks and Walks UBC

  • April 11, 2015, 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 – VanDusen Botanical Garden

  • April 11, 2015, Saturday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • 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 Lennie is a very dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced VanDusen guide and VCBF event participant who is familiar with the VanDusen cherry collection.

Tree Talks and Walks at Larry Berg Flight Path Park, Richmond

  • April 12, 2015, Sunday, 1:30 to 2pm in Mandarin, 2pm to 2:30pm in English
  • Meet at the globe structure

This walk celebrates the 10th birthday of the 125 Birthday Blossoms. Join the Cherry Blossom Picnic hosted by YVR Airport Authority before or after the walk!

Tree Talks and Walks Queen Elizabeth Park

  • April 12, 2015, Sunday, 2pm to 3:30pm
  • Queen Elizabeth Park, meet at the parking lot (33rd Ave and Cambie) under the west end cherry trees
  • Presented by Alex Downie, Supervisor of Vancouver’s Neighborhood Parks, 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.

There is NOT a walk in Stanley Park on April 12; that was rescheduled to March 29.
Sorry this was incorrect in the newspaper.

Tree Talks and Walks Kerrisdale

  • April 26, 2015, Sunday, 11am to noon
  • Meet at the 42nd Avenue main entrance to the Kerrisdale Community Centre
  • 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

This is part of the Kerrisdale Outreach Days. The Festival presents free Haiku Writing Workshop, Small Book Making Workshop and Tree Talks & Walks guided interpretative walk of the neighbourhood’s cherry trees, culminating in a community picnic. Tree Spirit Fairies will create magic on the Festival’s newly designed mini tarp – zip-up Petal Mats.