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Duke Gardens Cherry Blossoms 2022 - Durham, NC

Every year with the arrival of spring, I’m reminded of this fun fact: there is a Jewish blessing that is said specifically when a person sees a blooming fruit tree for the first time in the Hebrew month of Nisan.

Baruch Ata Adonai, Eloheinu, Melech Ha'olam,

shelo hasair b'olamo kloom,

ubara bo briyot tovot v'ilanot tovot,

leihanot bahem b'nai adam.

Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d,

King of the Universe,

that His world is not lacking anything,

and He created in it

good creations and good trees

for the pleasure of mankind.

I love this special blessing so much because I find so much humanity in it - the thrill of the first sight of a blooming tree after months of cold winter and barren branches. (Admittedly, there may be a little dread, too, that the Pollening is coming. 😂)

The trees and plants are starting to come back to life, and we made it out to a Triangle favorite: the Yoshina cherry trees at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. It’s magical to walk down this path, under the beautiful white canopy with petals floating down softly in the breeze. Make sure to stroll around the gardens and see the rest of the beautiful blooming flowers, too.

This is just one of our Triangle spring favorites, but there are so many more! Let us know some of your favorite spring spots in the comments!

(Note: We're currently working on updating our website with our reviews. This review was originally posted on Instagram and Facebook on March 22, 2022.)

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