Hanami (literally meaning "flower viewing") is the traditional month-long celebration of enjoying the beauty of flowers, specifically cherry and ume (Japanese apricot or Chinese plum) blossoms.
At the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, trees begin blooming in late March and finish in mid-May. As with all blossoming trees and spring flowers, temperature, precipitation as well as other weather variations determine when the cherry trees will bloom and how long the blooms will last.
No one species blooms continuously for more than a week. However, there are 42 varieties spread throughout the 52 acres of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, creating a beautiful month-long display.