Museum Monday: There is no stranger under the cherry treesPosted by: Zaena Campbell on April 16, 2012 / 10:37 AM
The city is flushed with pink and buzzing for joy over sunshine, blue skies, birdsong, and cherry trees!
This Museum Monday, the 6th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (on now to April 28) compels me to share a soft petal pink, evening gown (pictured right and now on display at our popular Art Deco Chic exhibition, part of Ivan Sayers’ collection). This early 1920s shift falls loosely from bare shoulders to dainty feet in cascades of shimmering, velvety rose. The subtle pattern resembles a bundle of plush blossoms.
If you have a spring-time frock you’ve been dying to wear, put it on for our special High Tea @MOV fundraiser on Mother’s Day Weekend. Spoil mom or simply come to savor fine teas, sweet treats, and art deco fashions. And if you’re craving a bit of lively jubilation, claim your tickets now for our Dapper & Flapper Formal.
Pictured here in a postcard (circa 1942), cherry blossoms adorn the path to a Japanese memorial in Stanley Park. These cherry trees were donated in the 1930s, and again in 1958, to honour Japanese Canadians who served in WW1.
This is just one of the many distinctive stories our trees have to tell. For more Vancouver Cherry Blossom history, consider taking a Tree Talk & Walk Tour with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, or search for more cherry tree paraphernalia on OpenMOV.
Scout out the best cherry trees using this list of favourite locations for blossom viewing and an interactive Google map which shows where the cherry trees are blooming right now. We're a little biased, but we personally recommend coming to Kits Point, where the scent of cherry blossoms is quite remarkable this month!
“I believe in the power of blossoms. It’s appreciating the beauty in life that makes life worth living. In our universal response to their beauty, we are united . . . The ephemeral nature of the blossoms reminds us to seize the moment and celebrate life now.”
- Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Founder and Director, Linda Poole
A view from the MOV Studio. Photo by Maurice Li.