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Signs of Spring: Cherry Blossoms

Spring has finally arrived. That means it's the perfect time to enjoy the change of season by stopping to admire the colorful array of trees in bloom around town. Here are a few places to check out the blooms.

You may stroll by falling bright pink or purple petals on your way to the subway, but The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is encouraging you to lounge under its canopy of blossoms. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off this weekend. The garden boasts the largest collection of cherry trees outside of Japan.

Wave Hill in the Bronx is a lush public garden overlooking the Hudson River. This natural oasis offers multiple opportunities to reconnect with trees and flowers in their springtime glory. Its collection of Magnolia, Dogwood and Cherry trees are all in bloom.

Roosevelt Island has its first cherry blossom festival on Saturday.

Magnolia tree in full bloom
Magnolia tree in full bloom ( Julia Botero )
White Magnolia
White Magnolia ( Julia Botero )
Japanese Crabapple
Japanese Crabapple ( Julia Botero )
( Julia Botero )
( Julia Botero )
Japanese Crabapple bloom
Japanese Crabapple bloom ( Julia Botero )
Dogwood blossoms
Dogwood blossoms ( Julia Botero )
Yoshino Cherry Blossoms
Yoshino Cherry Blossoms
Flowering Cherry Tree
Flowering Cherry Tree ( Julia Botero )
Oleacea
Oleacea ( Julia Botero )
Oleacea blooms
Oleacea blooms ( Julia Botero )
pink buds on the corner of W. Houston and Meeker
pink buds on the corner of W. Houston and Meeker ( Julia Botero )
Spring getaway on the corner of W. Houston and Meeker
Spring getaway on the corner of W. Houston and Meeker ( Julia Botero )
Flowering Cherry
Flowering Cherry ( Julia Botero )
Cherry flowers
Cherry flowers ( Julia Botero )
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