We are featuring Virtual Tree Walks this year due to COVID-19 and we are doing our part to #flattenthecurve. This page features locations where walks were planned, with approximate dates when the featured trees are in bloom with photos of what you could see.
Winnipeg poet Sally Ito would have led this walk as part of her author residency at Historic Joy Kogawa House. Unable to travel west due to current restrictions, Sally has instead written haiku to accompany locations on a self-guided walk of the Marpole neighbourhood that begins and ends at the heritage house. There are now haiku for the full set of stops, one for each day of self-quarantine. Here is a map of the whole route. As it is a virtual walk, you needn’t worry about what is in bloom when, but if you will be checking it out on foot, the map comments indicate roughly when the trees would be in bloom.
One of the highlight trees of this walk showed up early this year – you can catch the ‘Accolade’ trees on Pender between Princess and Campbell and at Strathcona Liner Park now until the end of March. To see the locations, search on our Neighbourhood Map, select Strathcona neighbourhood, Accolade cultivar. Here are some photos from previous years and this year. Dates, location and photographer names are in the photo names.
Now that there is no Easter Parade, you don’t have to wait until the best cherries have finished blooming. For the last two weeks of March, there are ‘Accolade’ at the Aquatic Centre and Chilco mini-park, a ‘Beni-shidare’ at Alexandra Park, ‘Somei-yoshino’ on Pendrell. The ‘Akebono’ trees at Burrard Station are scheduled to arrive on March 26 or maybe sooner, followed by several good ‘Akebono’ locations in the West End. You can find the locations on our Neighbourhood Map.
We don’t have access to the Wharton Cherry Grove at UBC Botanical Garden this year, so we’ll send you for an earlier season walk to the iconic ‘Somei-yoshino’ block on Lower Mall. You get to compare those with young infill ‘Akebono’ trees. Around the corner are two ‘Shirotae’ outside the Fraser Parkade. Walk a bit to the Chan Centre to see two more magnificent ‘Somei-yoshino’.
Nina, Shoroplova, author of the upcoming book Legacy of trees – Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, would have led this walk. The stars of the show are the grove of ‘Akebono’ on Chilco at Alberni, near the Welcome to Vancouver sign on Highway 99; the grove of ‘Akebono’ trees in the Shakespeare Garden across Pipeline Road from the Rose Garden; the allee of ‘Shirotae’ leading to the non-grafted and rare ‘Ojochin’ at the Japanese-Canadian War Memorial near the aquarium. Nina has sent along a report of her walk in Stanley Park on the opening day of the festival, with nice photos too.
There are many exotic and native trees at Queen Elizabeth Park’s arboretum. Founded in 1949, it contains tree species from around the world. Cherries you should see starting in April include ‘Somei-yoshino’, ‘Akebono’, ‘Shirotae’ and ‘Umineko’. These are some photos from previous years. Dates, location, cultivar and photographer names are in the photo names.
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