Cherry blossom tree tunnel coming to the Beach

A row of cherry blossom trees will soon be coming to the Beach. PHOTO: Anna Killen

Start planning your next romantic walk. A row of cherry blossom trees will soon be planted at Woodbine Beach.

That’s the word from ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon. She says a number of Sakura trees have been donated by a Japanese donor who offered to help install them in a similar manner to cherry blossom tunnels in Japan and elsewhere in the world, like Washington, DC.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Washington during cherry blossom season, the city typically holds a festival from mid-March to mid-April in order to celebrate the blooming of the cherry blossom trees along the Tidal Basin of the Potomac River.

Given the colder climate in Ontario, our cherry blossoms tend to bloom a little bit later — trees in High Park have been known to bloom anywhere between the end of April to mid-May, with many expecting them to bloom this weekend. As with most plant-life, it all depends on the winter that just passed.

As for the trees coming to Woodbine Beach, they have yet to be planted, but McMahon said she wants to see them installed as soon as possible and is aiming for the end of the month, if not before.

Where’s your favourite cherry blossom tree in the neighbourhood? Let us know in the comments. 

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Will these be real cherry that can feed birds and people…or sterile ones that have fruitless flowers?

This sounds like it will be an asset to the park, but it would be nice if there was some public consultation about where exactly this feature will go.

In fact, it would be nice if we had some idea of the park having an overall design or someone looking at the big picture instead of adding things piecemeal. For example, the parks department is adding a lot of trees to our parks as part of the city’s quota to add trees, but I worry that we will end up with no open areas with sun and spaces to play and instead the parks will be nothing but shaded forest-like areas where grass won’t grow and there is no sunlight permeating through the crowns of the trees… unlike the great parks designed by Frederick Law Olmstead which have clearly defined open areas.

Design is important, and too often in this city we take shortcuts or do things without thinking long term.

If you were an elected politician, you would micro manage the community to death and get nothing done.
I have lived and played in the Beach for over 50 years and I have seen them all come and go…………

Love these trees! Where can I buy one? (Small one) want to buy as a gift!

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