(INDIANAPOLIS) – Spring has officially arrived and so has the blooming of the Yoshino cherry trees at White River State Park.
A gift from Japan, Yoshino cherry trees were given to Indianapolis and other American cities in 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the cherry trees that have come to define spring in our nation’s capital. Hoosiers are invited to observe the century-old Japanese tradition, Hanami, which means “flower viewing”.
Located on the west bank of the White River, east of the Indianapolis Zoo, the trees create a stunning backdrop to the Waterfront Pavilion, providing an incredible photo-opportunity for visitors of the park. Visitors can also partake in another Japanese tradition of enjoying a picnic beneath the cherry blossoms. But don’t wait too long, as these beautiful trees only bloom for up to 14 days.
“The blooming of our cherry blossom trees is a great signifier that spring has sprung,” said Carolene Mays-Medley, executive director of the White River State Park Development Commission. “It is the perfect time to take in the blossoms, enjoy our many green spaces and all of the fun spring activities that WRSP has to offer.”
To learn more about WRSP, visit www.whiteriverstatepark.org.