Looking for a reason to rush out the door on this gray Saturday? Here are three good, bloomin’ reasons to get off yer butt!
And remember, even if these events pass you by, you can still enjoy viewing and growing these blossoms and fruits on your own. Don’t wait to be led.
Alpine Strawberry gardening (Bronx)
From our friends at Wave Hill garden and cultural center:
The fruit of the alpine strawberry is much smaller that the familiar “garden” strawberry, but, as many connoisseurs rightly claim, much tastier. It is a very adaptable plant as it thrives in light and shade and is just as happy planted in a container as it is out in the garden. If planted now–in the ground, in a pot, hanging basket or window box–alpine strawberries will reward with masses of delicate flowers and delectable fruits from spring right through to autumn.
Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day demonstrates some interesting ideas and helps you plant your very own pot with red and yellow fruited alpine strawberry plants.
Note: And keep in mind that strawberries have been “wildeyed” by a Nature Calendar reader in Rego Park!
Blueberry blossoms (Staten Island)
From our friends at the Natural Resources Protective Association
Saturday, May 3, 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 39th Annual Spring Ten Mile Walk of the SI Greenbelt — Ten moderate miles at a comfortable pace. See wonderful vistas, beautiful woodlands and the blooming of the Pinxter Azalea, Highbush Blueberry and Canada Mayflower throughout our Greenbelt. Meet at our new meeting place where the parking is easier: the beginning of the blue line trail, at the end of Staten Island Blvd. (at the end of the road right above Petrides School which intersects Ocean Terrace). Bring lunch, beverage and sturdy walking shoes as well as camera, binoculars and field guides. We go in all weather but walk is shortened if high pollution levels occur.
For more information call Dick Buegler (718)761-7496 or Chuck Perry (718)667-1393 for more information.
From the wonderful Brooklyn Botanical Garden Via our friends Gemini and Scorpio.
Sakura Matsuri, the cherry blossom celebration at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, is one of the most beautiful annual events in New York City. If you hit the timing just right, you’ll be blown away by the gorgeous trees in full bloom. And the weekend of May 3-4 marks the Sakura Matsuri, the Cherry Blossom Festival, featuring live music and dance, film screenings, and tea ceremonies throughout the gardens. In addition to the below events, there will be Origami Crane Confections in Magnolia Plaza; workshops in doll making, woodblock printing, and Ikebana flower arranging; a Sakura Tattoo Parlor; book signings, green-tea demonstrations, a bonsai display, garden tours, and Japanese food and drink. (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Ave, 10am-6pm, $8 — photo above by BBG)
Note: And keep an eye out this summer for delicious black cherries in the Ramble in Central Park!