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27 April 2024 @ 10:30 am 12:00 pm PDT

Location: Akebono Cherry Tree Grove

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Spring is here and the blossoms are beautiful! For a few weeks each year, over 40,000 individual cherry trees brighten the city’s neighbourhoods with stunning bursts of pastel pink petals. While some try to catch the early blooms, there are many trees that show off a little later in the blossom season. Nina Shoroplova, author and photographer of Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, is a Cherry Scout for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Join Nina as she shares what she has learned about cherry trees, as well as where you can go to enjoy cherry blossoms in Stanley Park in the later spring season.  


Nina Shoroplova is an historian, researcher, photographer, and author. In 2020, she published Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, a touching and informative account of tree histories, plantings, and species in Stanley Park. As a graduate of the Master Gardeners Association of BC, Nina takes every opportunity to share what she has learned about her favourite plants: trees.   


Accessibility notes: This program requires moving at a moderate pace with moderate inclines on some uneven surfaces (such as gravel, grass, and pavement) for up to 1.5 hours. If you have any questions about accessibility, please email publiced@stanleyparkecology.ca       

Meeting location and route:  meet at the grove of Akebono cherry trees at the intersection of Alberni and Chilco; the walk will proceed through the Shakespeare Garden and end at the Japanese Canadian War Memorial. Click here to open map meeting location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/MxnQgrQtdd9WuVbr7   (1) (2) (3) (4)   

Terms and Conditions

(1) Registration required - NO DROP-INS ARE ALLOWED.  Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale – you choose what you pay!        

(2) Weather dependent - Please check your email 12 hours before the program date and time to confirm it has not been cancelled due to inclement weather such as high winds, heavy rain, or extreme heat.         

(3) Program Availability – Program full or you cannot attend this day or time?   Sign up here to be notified when the program runs in the future.         

(4) Cancellation policy – We refund cancellations due to illness to keep everyone healthy, but the number of recent cancellations is impacting our capacity to run these programs. If you must cancel, please let us know if you need a refund or if you are able to help us offer affordable programs for the public by donating your registration fee. (This is one way we can all subsidize programs in this changing economic climate and ensure these programs are available on a sliding scale.)   


We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather and help steward is the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived reciprocally with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, which enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish peoples.     

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