20 April 2012

Cherry Blossom Festival Walks and Talks in Vancouver Parks

More info from the Vancouver Park Board

Apr 19, 2012 (No. 16) - Celebrate the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in Vancouver parks this weekend by participating in Tree Talks and Walks hosted by Vancouver Park Board.
Stanley Park
Saturday, April 21, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Meet at the Rose Arbour at the Lower Rose Garden, on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park. This spot will be a focal point to discover many of the beautiful and unusual ornamental trees and plants in Stanley Park’s Shakespeare Garden. This talk will also discuss some of the history of the park and how the Park Board balances demands of the public with the need for open green space. Presented by City Arborist, Bill Stephen.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Sunday, April 22, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Meet at the parking lot (33rd Ave and Cambie) under the west end cherry trees. A guided tree walk highlighting the many exotic and native trees at Queen Elizabeth Park's arboretum, founded in 1949, contains tree species from around the world. This walk will focus on the ornamental qualities and garden-worthiness of the wide palette of trees which grow in Vancouver. Presented by Alex Downie, Supervisor of Neighborhood Parks.
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs from April 5 through April 28 with events and celebrations across the city. Through a variety of programs from Cherry Jam Downtown, Haiku Invitational, Bike the Blossoms, BC Blossom Watch Photo Contest, Tree Talks and Walks and the Cherry Blossom Viewing Map the festival captures the exuberance of the blossoming with cultural programming for the whole community to enjoy. Visit the website for the events calendar and locations at www.vcbf.ca .
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Media enquiries: Jason Watson, Communications Coordinator, at (t) 604-257-8438 or (c) 604-362-5032.
The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation maintains over 220 parks and 40 major facilities throughout the City of Vancouver. The Park Board's mission is to provide, preserve and advocate for parks and recreation to benefit all people, communities and the environment.

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