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    Posted April 27, 2012 by
    Newark, New Jersey
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    Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom Festival 2012


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ByHandMedia shot these gorgeous photos a few weeks before the actual Cherry Blossom Festival on April 22. 'Most people never associate the city of Newark with beauty, so I just wanted to show everyone a different side of the city.'
    - jne2013, CNN iReport producer

    The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. Each year, cherry blossom trees bloom from late winter through early spring, producing a myriad of colorful displays for park patrons. This historic tradition began in 1927, when Caroline Bamberger Fuld donated 2,000 Japanese flowering cherry trees to a display in Newark that would rival Washington, D.C. The Olmsted Brothers' Architectural Firm laid out the trees naturalistically on the tiered slopes along the narrow valley of the Second River, evoking the way the trees would be seen in Japan and distinguishing Branch Brook Park's display from any other in the U.S. Since then, the collection has grown to more than 3,000 trees.

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