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 with your boots and umbrella.


Plein Air painting at the Stanley Park rose garden ‘Akebono’ grove, by cherry scout Anne Carten

Tree Talks and Walks Easter Parade, in the West End

  • April 1, 2018, Sunday, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm – This is Easter Sunday
  • Walk in the West End; 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.

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 usually a long walk.

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

  • April 5, 2018, Thursday, 10am to 11:30am
  • 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 – Oppenheimer Park

  • April 8, 2018, Sunday, 10am to noon
  • Walk in Strathcona – Oppenheimer Park. Meet on the park side of the field house on Jackson, between Powell and Cordova
  • 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.

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 14 and 15, 2018, 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 – Stanley Park

  • April 15, 2018, Sunday, 10am to 11:30
  • 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 Queen Elizabeth Park

  • April 15, 2018, Sunday, 3pm to 4:30pm
  • 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 Oakridge/South Cambie/Riley Park

  • April 22, Sunday, 10am to 11:30
  • Meet at Oakridge Skytrain Station, on the corner of Cambie Street and West 41st Avenue; we will probably walk north, but no promises.
  • Presented by Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research. Douglas wrote the book!

This walk will feature the late-blooming cherries, the showiest of them all.

 Tree Talks and Walks Hastings – Sunrise 

  • April 29, Sunday, 10am to 11:30
  • Meet outside the PNE entrance at Hastings and Renfrew; we will walk north, and a bit west.
  • 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

This walk will feature the late-blooming cherries, including a park-full of spectacular ‘Shiro-fugen’ cherries, which we hope will be in bloom!