Tree Talks and Walks are a guided cherry blossom tour by our fantastic “Sakura” Team! You are in for a treat as they have done their best to schedule the walks when the trees are in bloom at the best locations!

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 even if we don’t catch the peak bloom at the walk locations.

Cherry Blossom Viewing is a cool sport – please dress for it! There is no need to register for these events – just show up dressed for that day’s weather.


Plein Air painting at the Stanley Park rose garden ‘Akebono’ grove, by cherry scout Anne Carten There are likely to be changes, maybe even additions to this schedule. Please check closer to the time, and check the day before the walk you plan to attend!

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

  • April 2, 2020, Thursday, 2020, 10am to 11:30am
  • Meet at the lobby of Hyatt Regency Vancouver at 655 Burrard Street
  • Led by Jacqueline Lee and other guides of the Green Club of BC. There will be several guides. This walk will get you back to Burrard Station in time for the Cherry Jam Concert, the festival’s opening celebration at noon.

Tree Talks and Walks – Strathcona

  • TBA, 2020,
  • Walk in Strathcona – meeting location MacLean Park, at the corner of Hawks and Georgia.
  • Presented by Egan Davis, Principal Instructor for the Horticulture Training Program at UBC Botanical Garden. Egan was awarded the BC Landscape & Nursery Association’s Educator of the Year award in 2016.

The walk begins at MacLean Park, named after the first Mayor of Vancouver, M. A. MacLean; it was the first park to have a supervised playground in 1911. It will include the history of the trees and many other points of interest within a few blocks of the park, ending near Hastings at Oppenheimer Park, 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.

Tree Talk (not a Walk) in the evening: Cherry Blossom 101

  • April 9, 2020, Thursday, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • West Point Grey Community Centre, Aberthau Mansion, West 2nd Ave & NW Marine Dr, in the Aberthau Youth Room (not wheelchair accessible)
  • 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 Easter Parade, in the Downtown and West End

  • April 12, 2020, Sunday, 1:30 pm to 3:30 – This is Easter Sunday
  • Meet at Burrard Skytrain Station, at Burrard Street across from 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.

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). This is usually a long walk.

Tree Talks and Walks – Stanley Park

  • TBA, 2020, 1:30pm to 3pm
  • Rose Garden in Stanley Park, meet at the lower rose garden, near the arbor
  • 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 Talks and Walks – Haiku Walk from Joy Kogawa House

  • April 18, 2020, 10:30 am to 12:30
  • Meet at historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue Vancouver, B.C
  • Presented by Winnipeg writer and translator Sally Ito

Sally writes: “To be who I am where I am this moment … and write it in a haiku! This line sums up my philosophy of writing haiku on a daily basis in my home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I go for a walk, observe the world around me, and compose a haiku which I usually record on FB. Want to walk with me and do the same thing in Vancouver? Along the way, I can share with you my thoughts about haiku, kigo (season words), and the special meanings the seasons have in my Japanese Canadian soul.”

Tree Talks and Walks – VanDusen Botanical Garden

  • April 18 and 19, 2020, during Sakura Days; walks on Saturday and Sunday, generally beginning hourly from 11:30am until 3:30pm
  • Include a tour of the garden, with a focus on cherry trees in bloom, 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 guides.

Tree Talks and Walks Queen Elizabeth Park

  • TBA 2020, 2 pm to 3:30
  • Queen Elizabeth Park, meet at the parking lot (33rd Ave and Cambie) under the west end cherry trees, near the pay station
  • 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 UBC

  • TBA 2020, Saturday, 10am to 11:30
  • Meet at the Peter Wharton Cherry Grove next to the parking lot at UBC Botanical Garden. Parking is free here for 3 hours, but you must register your car. Note: this starting location is a change from previous years.
  • Presented by Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research. Douglas wrote the book!

We’re not sure what cherries will be out then – even the starting location may change depending what cherries are in bloom. Check back here closer to the date!

Programs subject to change.

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