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Be ready for the Sakura at Japan House

A close up of a branch with several buds. A few of the buds have pink petals starting to emerge.
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Japan House is well into “Sakura watch”, and with steadily increasing temps over the next few days, it’s time to be on alert for this most wonderful time of the year — the Sakura blooming. The buds are currently in “Stage Four – Peduncle Elongation”, meaning the petals are starting to peek out a bit farther.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page and Instagram to know when it’s time to go visit. I’m sure you will also see your own social media feeds start to fill with photos once they bloom. A few notes for visiting:

  • Because of erratic temperatures in February, some of the buds didn’t form correctly, so there may not be as many blooms this year.
  • Please be respectful of the grounds, and of other visitors, while you are there. Take a look at the Japan House website for etiquette guidelines for visiting and taking photos.
  • Note: The tea garden will be closed from April 6-7 and 21-23 for maintenance.

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