Here’s How to Enjoy Buffalo’s Cherry Blossoms Virtually During Quarantine

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on April 16, 2020
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A Digital Blooming and Virtual Line-Up

Due to State, County and City COVID-19 restrictions on public events and the need for social distancing, the 2020 Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival has been cancelled.

In reimagining this burst of springtime, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, The Buffalo History Museum and Friends of the Japanese Garden will host a special digital program, on Saturday, May 2nd, that will allow the entire community to enjoy peak blooms from the comfort and safety of their own homes.


“That which blooms in adversity, can be the most beautiful gift of all,” said Stephanie Crockatt, Conservancy Executive Director. “We are fortunate to have creative, community-thoughtful partners who share a vision to responsibly and innovatively showcase this annual spring display for Buffalo. As good neighbors please watch online for a tranquil, beautiful, educational experience like never before.”

The ‘reimagined’ digital program will feature behind-the-scenes videos of blooms in the garden, a Lockhouse cocktail demonstration, Japanese music, a silent auction to support the garden and more. Stay tuned to the Cherry Blossoms Reimagined Facebook event for the schedule’s full line-up.


“The “Hanami” or “flower-viewing” season has assuredly arrived,” said Melissa Brown, Executive Director of The Buffalo History Museum. “And community safety requires imaginative, alternate ways to soak in these long-awaited pops of pink. From participating in a fully virtual silent auction, to viewing videos of the beautiful blossoms, and posting blossom-inspired crafts from the comfort of home- I encourage you to get creative and engage in this flower-viewing season with us.”

Special thanks to the generous and steadfast supporters for sharing in this digital blooming (in alphabetical order): AXA Advisors, Lockhouse Distillery, Music is Art, The Buffalo History Museum, and Seneca Resorts & Casinos.

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