The cherry blossoms in High Park might not be around long this year.
While Sakura Steve just announced earlier this week that the buds were going to bloom this weekend, the local authority also warned in an Instagram post that they could be gone by as early as next Tuesday.
Apparently it has to do with both timing and the possibility of high winds in Toronto next week:
This weekend will probably be your best chance to experience the full magic of the sakura cherry blossoms. A windy Tuesday could begin knocking off petals before the next weekend comes around.
The good news is that the cherry blossoms will be in peak bloom from tomorrow until Friday, April 28 if high winds don’t knock the petals down first.
Still, that means this weekend is the only weekend you’ll have a chance to catch the blossoms in peak bloom.
Keep in mind that this also means High Park will likely be an absolute madhouse for the next couple of day. If you’re going to head over to the park, probably best not to drive over.
Here are some Dos and Donts to follow from Sakura Steve should you find yourself amongst the cherry blossoms soon:
Enjoy your visit to the park and please remember to respect the trees:
- DON’T shake the branches because when you do, the blossoms fall and leave the trees bare – let the bloom last longer and they’ll fall naturally;
- DON’T climb the trees as you can damage or break the tree branches as happened before;
- DON’T break off small blooms or branches – the more you damage the trees, the greater the chance they will be open to disease or insects in destroying them;
- DO take pictures respectfully so everyone can enjoy the sakura // cherry blossoms for years to come