Cherry Blossom (櫻花 ) in New Jersey -
More than 5,000 Cherry Trees
如詩如畫繽紛浪漫的櫻花世界,橋下美川溪流,波光粼粼,花開最燦
爛時是最優雅的賞櫻去處。

Looking from bridge (on Park Drive) down to Branch Brook through pink cherry blossom
There used to be more than 4,000 cherry blossom trees with 17 different varieties in Branch Brook Park in
Belleville/Newark, New Jersey, USA. 1,000 more cherry blossom trees are planted in early 2015 so that
Branch Brook Park now has the largest world-class collection in USA of more than 5,000 cherry blossom trees.

Usually, these cherry blossom trees are in full bloom in the second week and the third week in April each year.
But the peak bloom period may vary by one or two weeks from year to year depending on how long is the
winter of a particular year. For example, for 2015, the peak bloom period is anticipated to be from April 20 to
24 as indicated at the following website of Branch Brook Park:

http://
www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/branch-brook-park

This Branch Brook Park website also provides a web cam at:

http://
108.58.154.186/view/viewer_index.shtml?id=1145

for people to get a live view of cherry blossom trees in Branch Brook Park. By using this web cam, people can
see on their PC screen if the cherry blossom trees in Branch Brook Park are blooming or not.

Many visitors come to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossom all over the place during the annual Cherry Blossom
Festival in northern part of Branch Brook Park in Belleville. I visited Branch Brook Park during the annual Cherry
Blossom Festival at least four times in last few years to enjoy and to take pictures of the beautiful cherry
blossom as shown on this web page.
粉紅色的櫻花,迷漫著濃郁的浪漫風韻,魂牽香夢迷,撩撥著人的心
弦,引人無限的神往和遐思,情人約會的好地方 。

Young lovers here and there kissing under the beautiful cherry blossom trees add the romantic
atmosphere to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Branch Brook Park.
鳥語花香,知更鳥報春。

There are also many birds in the Branch Brook Park. Some are on the lawn catching bugs or worms to eat.
Many other birds are on the trees singing beautiful love songs to attract their mates during the spring time.
A bird in the nest on the cherry blossom tree, probably sitting on and hatching eggs.
陽光燦爛,望著這一大片金黃色充滿生機的迎春花,茂盛艷麗, 如璀
璨的金星綴滿枝頭,氣質非凡,給冷漠的早春帶來一派盎然的春意,
在春光下閃耀,綻放出一種喜悅和風情,令人心中不免漾滿了春波!

Bright yellow forsythia in full bloom along Branch Brook.
櫻花林夾岸彎曲的清溪,櫻花時節恣情怒放,繽紛浪漫風情,讓人流
連忘返。

A romantic view of the Branch Brook lined with pink and white wonderland of blossoms.
An egret caught a gold fish (or a Koi) at the edge of a pond in southern part of the Branch Brook Park.
The neck of the egret becomes bigger because it is swallowing the fish
Branch Brook with cobble stones as river bed
Branch Brook Park
Location: Junction of Park Drive & Mill Street, Belleville, NJ 07109, USA
Telephone: 973-643-1611
E-Mail : Mail@branchbrookpark.org
Website:
www.branchbrookpark.org

or

http://
www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/branch-brook-park


Direction:

1.        Set GPS Navigator at Junction of Mill St. & Franklin Ave (Hwy 645), Belleville, NJ.

2.         Then go southeast on Mill St. for 400 feet to reach the junction with (Branchbrook) Park Dr. and see
many cherry blossom trees,

3.        Then go south on (Branchbrook) Park Dr. for ¼ mile to reach Cherry Blossom Welcome Center.

4.        Park your car in the parking lot at Cherry Blossom Welcome Center if parking space is available, or
park your car along (Branchbrook) Park Dr. or along Mill St. Get off your car and hike along (Branchbrook)
Park Drive or along Mill St. to enjoy the blooming cherry blossoms.


Map: Click here to see interactive Google Map showing northern part of Branch Brook Park


Detailed Park Map of Branch Brook Park is available at the following website (However, the north-south
direction on this park map is rotated about 80 degrees clockwise):

http://
www.essex-countynj.org/branchmap.pdf

This map shows that there are lots of cherry blossom trees in northern part of the Park and some cherry
blossom trees in southern part of the Park, but there is almost no cherry blossom trees in the mid-section of
the Park.
Cherry Hill in southwestern New Jersey also has about 3,500 cherry blossom trees on the 2-mile section of
Chapel Avenue between Haddonfield Road and Kings Highway. It is very beautiful when these cherry
blossom trees are blooming in the spring season as shown in the following websites:

<http://www.onetruemedia.com/otm_site/view_shared?
p=367da66ec82935627b974&skin_id=601&utm_source=otm&utm_medium=email>

http://
news.webshots.com/slideshow/558890823kBdqgb;jsessionid=abcHhv_Xby3tD7qbqMdyr

Many pictures of blooming cherry blossom in Cherry Hill can be seen at:

http://
news.webshots.com/photo/2674254990101224981GCfYHJ

There are also about 1,000 cherry blossom trees in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When
these thousand of cherry blossom trees plus several other kinds of flowers are blooming in the Spring
season, Fairmount Park is also very beautiful as shown on my Travelogue web page at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Spring_in_Fairmount_Park.html

In addition to Branch Brook Park, the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens and the Chinese Scholar's Gardens in
the New York Metropolitan area and
Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia are also very beautiful. Please
see the following web pages on these gardens:

http://www.shltrip.com/Iris_Garden.html

http://www.shltrip.com/Chinese_Scholar_Garden.html

http://www.shltrip.com/Longwood_Gardens.html
After seeing the beautiful flowers in these parks and gardens in the Spring season, please also enjoy the
beautiful Autumn foliage in Garden State (New Jersey) in the following web pages:

http://
www.shltrip.com/2013_Autumn_in_Holmdel.html

http://www.shltrip.com/Autumn_Foliage.html

http://www.mayleesart.com/FallEB.html
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到處都是櫻花,開得非常茂密,一片花海,人從下面走過,感覺四面
八方都是櫻花,那是一種難以形容的心靈的悸動, 彷若人間仙境。

The park erupts with striking pink blossoms each spring. The entire area is blanketed with pink & white petals
with fresh fragrances permeating the air. Many people love this time of year. After a harsh winter, it’s like a
rebirth and new life. Tourists flock here from all over the world during this time.
恣情怒放的燦爛櫻花,繁英迷眼,掩映之間盡是風情,令人流連忘
返。

Absolutely awesome.
群櫻盛開的景致頗有空靈之美,櫻花飛舞 ,芳草鮮美,新綠片片,相
互輝映,美不勝收,遊人絡繹不絕。

There are so many tints and shades of pink and white all around you, a fairy tale coming alive.
沿途櫻花夾道成林,花開花落,落英繽紛,落了一地的花瓣, 且行且
珍惜, 如煙似霞,粉紅色的夢中,時而下起花雨,漫步其中,似誤入
了瑤池仙境。

Many wedding pictures have been taken in this beautiful park.
揮別這一年燦爛的櫻花節, 期待花前樹下再重逢的悸動。
蜿蜒的櫻花林蔭小徑,很浪漫的情人步道。
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枯木逢春,老樹新花。
競相怒放,爭相鬥艷, 嫵媚動人。
鐵骨柔情,斜躺的櫻花,姿態撩人。
競相開放的櫻花,一朵朵、一簇簇,嫣紅嬌豔,充滿春天的氣息,遠
看花團錦簇,近看則婉約可人。

When they are in full bloom, it really is a gorgeous sight.
一路花開美景令人興致高昂。

This is a park that reminds you why they call New Jersey the Garden State. It's just great to drive or bike or
walk through the winding roads with pretty pink and white blossoms on both side of you.
民眾攜家帶眷在繽紛盛開的櫻花樹下,一種親近自然的情懷,就在
不經意間,緊緊扣住了遊客們的心扉。
呈現一片花海的景象,空靈含蓄,顯得清新而淡雅,有一種詩情畫意
的柔美,悠遊其間,恍惚中似穿越時空,把人的心情、思緒感染得倍
添靈性,這裡是可以讓心休息的美麗櫻花源。
盛開之際,櫻花枝條有如張開的巨扇般伸向晴空,意氣風發,婀娜多
姿,璀璨花色令人陶醉。
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迎春圖。
慢舞婆娑。
小徑穿花過。
成串匯集的櫻花,帶來春的華麗氣習。
Breathtakingly beautiful in the spring time!
A close up view of the cherry blossom on April 16, 2015.