Light pink sakura trees famous for their showy cherry blossom flowers are in bloom, or about to be, across Hamilton but potentially for only a couple more days.
A number of the trees, donated over the last few decades from Japanese sources, have flowers with an estimated window to see them of about four to 10 days, according to the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG).
RBG added 34 trees to the Arboretum and Rock Garden in 2010 as part of the Sakura Project – an initiative from the Japanese Consulate to promote peace and friendship between Japan and Canada.
“RBG also annually records the flowering times of its Cherries as part of a biological science known as phenology which is an important tool in helping to track climate change,” the agency says on its website.
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Access to viewing cherry blossoms was restricted by some municipalities across Ontario over the past two years due to gathering restrictions due to COVID-19.
The City of Burlington limited the sight of it’s tokens of friendship with twin city gift from Itabashi, Japan to just a virtual event last year.
Toronto went as far as to fence off trees in the city, like those at Trinity Bellwoods, High Park and the Toronto Island, offering the sight through online streaming only.
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This year, the trees are more readily accessible and can be viewed in several Hamilton and area locations, including the RGBs Arboretum, Rock Garden and Laking Garden for free.
Reserved parking is required for some RGB locations.
The entrance to Bayfront Park, behind the greenhouse at Gage Park, Centennial Park in Dundas and Spencer Smith Park in Burlington are some other locations at which the trees can be seen.
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