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Spring is officially in full swing and with the wave of warm weather in recent weeks, New York City is finally budding with flora. During this time of year, many will make the annual trek to Washington D.C. to partake in the National Cherry Blossom Festival, but our city is home to its own collection of sakura, the famous Japanese trees — some of which you can find in unlikely locations.

1. Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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The most famous location for them all, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is home to the Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival, which takes place this year on Saturday, April 29th to Sunday, April 30th. The event will include over 60 Japanese cultural activities and performances, including taiko drumming, tea ceremonies and artist workshops.

The Botanic Garden also releases an annual map to help potential visitors keep track of the blossoms. As of April 17th, the above photo is what the main walk looked like mid-bloom.

Check out our coverage of the cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden here. And if you plan on visiting, you’re free to sit on the grassy lawns but picnic blankets and food are not permitted. And prepare for long lines – this past weekend, the wait was almost debilitating long already and the weekdays are pretty packed.

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