Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) is an annual spring festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia to celebrate the beauty of Vancouver’s cherry trees. The festival’s fundamental objectives includes public education through seasonal, cherry-themed, city-wide viewing programs, musical performances, and fine art and craft exhibitions. It enables Vancouverties and those in surrounding areas to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms.
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival was founded in 2005 by Linda Poole, its executive director, to commemorate the 800 cherry trees given by Japan to the City of Vancouver. The first Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival was held in 2006, with support from the Vancouver Board of Trade, as a 'Spirit of Vancouver' initiative. In 2007 it was formally recognized as a charitable nonprofit society.
In 2008, the festival was offered a home at Vancouver's VanDusen Botanical Garden. On April 2, 2008, a cherry grove was planted at VanDusen, dedicated to the festival’s "Blossom Benefactor", the Honorable Dr. David C. Lam. In 2008, a haiku stone presenting winners of the first three years of the festival's Haiku Invitational awards was installed in the garden amid the cherry grove.
In 2011, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival began to sell "Birthday Blossom" cherry trees for a limited time to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th Birthday. The planting of these 3,000 trees all over Vancouver will help ensure that cherry trees are celebrated and appreciated. As expressed by Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson (2010), the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a popular tradition in Vancouver that unites people to celebrate the beauty of cherry blossoms.
The eighth annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival ran from April 3 to April 28, 2014.
- Douglas Justice (2008). Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver (First ed.). Vancouver, Canada: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. p. 4 Extra
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