The West Coast does not have to go through severe seasonal changes unlike states on the East Coast. And because of its location in the Southern part of California, you can enjoy a fairly temperate weather in San Diego. It is also home to acres upon acres of trees (some of which that need professional maintenance, for sure) that keep everyone cool and comfy despite the heat.
Who doesn’t like Spring, right? It’s like the perfect outdoor weather for everyone. But there is something more to look forward to in San Diego come Spring – cherry blossoms. You no longer have to cross the Pacific and travel thousands of miles away to see some pretty gorgeous cherry blossoms in bloom. San Diego is home to some of the prettiest cherry blossoms in the country and you’d feel transported to Japan just seeing these parks and gardens in bloom.
With the wildflower spread at Anza-Borrego Desert and the blooming of the cherry blossoms at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, Spring is definitely in the air. This year marks the twelfth anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Diego, which takes places every year at the Japanese garden on Park Blvd.
All weekend long from Friday, March 10th until Sunday, March 12th, experience the Japanese custom of hanami–a tradition focused on appreciating the cherry blossom flowers. During open hours of the garden on March 10-12th, beer, food, tea, and cultural experiences will liven up the this Japanese downtown hub. As of March 7th the cherry blossom trees are at about 50% bloom, with an estimation of peak bloom by early next week. The festival, known as Sakura Matsuri, will showcase the unique Japanese flowers that are a rare beauty. Bring your kids along to learn about a few key Japanese cultural practices while introducing them to the season of the bloom!
These cherry blossoms are more than just eye candies but symbolize the close relations between San Diego and Yokohama, Japan, which happens to be sister cities. There are also a lot of things to do aside from just gawking on these beautiful blooms and taking lots of pictures that will surely go trending on social media.
General admission is $10. Students, military members and seniors (65+) pay $8, and children 6 and younger are free. The garden, compeleted in phases, first opened in 1991. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Upcoming events include a San Diego Potters’ Guild exhibit from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, including a live pottery demonstration, and the Edo Marionette Puppet Theater from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 30. The exhibit is free with garden admission.
The garden is a symbol of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama. The garden’s design is based on centuries-old Japanese techniques adapted to San Diego’s climate and florae and seeks to foster a relationship between humans and nature, according to the garden’s website.
If you want to see more of these beautiful flowers, you can also head to nearby Coronado, California, which is also home to some of the most sought-after cherry blossom trees in America.
Coronado Flower Show, April 8–9, Coronado, California
Just across the bay from San Diego, Coronado, California, hosts the country’s largest tented flower show and has been doing so since 1922. If you’re into entire city blocks filled with flowers and competitions, this is the flower show for you. In addition to multiple floral competitions, there’s also a “home front” competition, which judges the best home and business gardens.
Enjoy the arrival of Spring by seeing some cherry blossom flowers in bloom. Although a popular attraction in Japan, you need not go far now to see them yourself. Moreover, you can also do some many other cool things in San Diego that does not necessarily involve the beach. You can head to some trails where you can hike and commune with nature. You not only get to exercise but enjoy the breath of fresh air and an encounter with some of the wildlife.
Spring is also the best time to spruce up your home. They wouldn’t coin the term “spring cleaning” for no reason at all. After staying mostly indoors during the winter months, you can finally enjoy the day out in your yard and do exciting outdoor stuff and some of the more boring and menial tasks such as mowing the lawn, cleaning the yard, and fixing your home’s exterior. You get to enjoy the best of both worlds of Spring after all.