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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 28th to Sunday, April 29th. The event will include over 60 Japanese cultural activities and performances, including taiko drumming, tea ceremonies and artist workshops.

Check out our previous 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.

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