Once again, the festival attempts to guess the unpredictable – we schedule 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. 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.

Cherry & heritage walk in Mandarin in Downtown Coal Harbour

  • April 3, 2014, 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 that maybe anyone, and his enthusiasm is infectious.

Tree Talks and Walks West End and Stanley Park

  • April 5, 2014, Saturday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • 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 should be a walk to view many splendid ‘Akebono’ plantings and other early-blooming cherries. Probably some plums too. This is the longest walk, since we end at the Heronry in Stanley Park, but we’re always near transportation if you want to leave early.

Tree Talks and Walks – Oppenheimer Park

  • April 6, 2014, Sunday, 10:00am to 11:30am
  • 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 – VanDusen Botanical Garden

  • April 6, 2014, Sunday, 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 garden admission is required for this walk
  • Presented by VCBF and VanDusen volunteer Anne Eng

Anne Eng has been a keen, energetic Cherry Scout almost from the beginning, and is familiar with the cherry trees in VanDusen from her guiding experience there.

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

  • April 10, 2014, 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 12, 2014, 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

The walk includes cherry viewing along Lower Mall and the surrounding area to see UBC’s ‘Somei-yoshino’ and other flowering cherries.

Tree Talks and Walks Stanley Park

  • April 12, 2014, Saturday, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • 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.

Tree Talks and Walks Queen Elizabeth Park

  • April 13, 2014, Sunday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • 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.

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

  • April 13, 2014, Sunday, 1:30 to 2pm in Mandarin, 2pm to 2:30pm in English
  • Meet at the globe structure
  • Presented by Joseph Lin, director of the Green Club of BC

This walk celebrates the 9th 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 Easter Parade in the West End

  • April 20, 2014, Sunday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm – This is Easter Sunday
  • Gilford and Haro, grassy knoll one block west of the West End Community Centre, under the ‘Kanzan’ trees
  • 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 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 – sorry, musical joke).

Programs subject to change.