One of the Great Mysteries of Brooklyn which has long perplexed us is what happens every year to the Cherry Esplanade at the Brooklyn.
The Cherry Esplanade is a treasure, especially in April. The grove comprises one of the most beautiful collection of blossoming cherry trees in the state, if not along the East Coast. (Indeed, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is the ideal spot, we can personally attest, to practice walking outdoors if you ever find yourself needing to practice walking in public arenas without too much congestion for some reason.)
But it has always baffled us just why this Nirvana like grove with the beautiful lawn and the gorgeous rows of meticulously cared for trees is sullied annually. During the garden’s annual Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival, this lawn is blemished with a big ass tent, which not only tramples the grass for damn near a year (it was fenced off until last week), but kind of ruins the idyllic setting. Really — if so much thought is put into making this spot so beautiful (and it really is stunning), why is it blemished at the height of its season?
It’s extremely counterintuitive, especially considering the grass — so green, fresh and alive today, only out of the slammer for a week — will be trampled to death for that nasty tent by the end of the month.
Oh, well. Until then, we’ll enjoy the grove in its pristine condition. It’s entirely plausible in our (totally non-botany trained) mind that the cherry trees could peak before the festival, between the record warm march and that all of the blossoms have at least “dropped” and many have already blossomed. Perhaps by the time the tent arrives the bloom will be in decline.
If you live in Brooklyn, we suggest you check out the BBG in the next couple of weeks (and, if you can, before the tent stakes go into the earth). Here are some photos of the garden as it was today.