Celebrate the arrival of spring with a magical cherry blossom tree picnic at the Montreal Botanical Garden this month.
The Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual O-hanami Picnic Under the Flowering Crabapple Trees returns on May 19 for one afternoon only.
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The event is named after o-hanami, a Japanese tradition of holding flower-viewing parties when the cherry blossom trees are in bloom.
For the purposes of this springtime event, Montrealers are adopting this custom and joining the Botanical Garden in a peaceful afternoon picnic beneath the blooming flowers.
According to Espace pour la vie, Japanese cherry trees do not flower easily in Montreal’s climate. But the Botanical Garden is full of crabapple trees that will be in full bloom come May 19.
Be sure you sign up soon as space is limited and only individuals who have reserved a boxed lunch may take part in the picnic.
Don’t forget to bring a blanket (no lawn chairs allowed as they can cause damage to the grass). Registration is open until May 13.
When: Sunday, May 19
Time: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: Available online