29 Apr 2014

April Showers, May Flowers at the Buffalo History Museum

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It’s a rainy day here in Buffalo, and the forecast doesn’t have that changing much for the rest of the week. Looks like “April Showers” are just squeaking into the month over the next few days, with “May Flowers” to come soon after!

However, we’re thinking of a certain kind of flower: cherry blossoms. Usually what comes to mind here are the hundreds of trees that bear this flower every year in Washington, DC. They are quite the sight, but still a little far for us in Western New York to enjoy. Lucky for us, there are cherry blossoms right here in Buffalo–just steps from the Buffalo History Museum! Delaware Park is host to Buffalo’s Japanese Gardens, commemorating the city’s relationship with Kanazawa, Japan, through the United States “Sister Cities” project.

Started in 1962, the relationship between Buffalo and Kanazawa led to the establishment of the Japanese Gardens, including several beautiful cherry blossom trees. Fast forward to 2014, and the Buffalo History Museum is throwing the very first cherry blossom festival in Buffalo! Several activities surround the blossoming trees, including a tea ceremony, speakers, musical performances and a party to kick it all off! It’s currently happening, and here’s a link to Visit Buffalo Niagara detailing the events: http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/includes/events/?action=displayDetail&eventId=65182

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