Cherry blossom trees in bloom at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes. (Photo by Julie Wennstrom)
Cherry blossom trees in bloom at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes. (Photo by Julie Wennstrom)

The cherry blossom trees at South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula are already looking spectacular, and this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the garden will be celebrating their beauty and offering a full day of Japanese cultural activities in partnership with the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute.

South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.

Feel free to bring some food, blankets and chairs and have your picnic under the Cherry Blossoms on the Sakura Meadow and Amphitheater Lawn or on the Upper and Lower Meadows. A self-guided tour and information sheet will be available.

Activities are free with paid admission. Adults: $9; seniors (62 and over): $6; children (5-12): $4; children 4 and under: free. For more information, call (310) 544-1948.

Performance Schedule

Upper Meadow

11 a.m.: GVJCI presents Kyuudo Renmei (archery)

12 p.m.: GVJCI presents Southern California Naginata Federation

1 p.m.: GVJCI Tomo no Kai — Chika’s ukulele and Harriet’s hula

2 p.m.: GVJCI Taiko

3 p.m.: GVJCI presents Mel’s Ukulele Class

Lower Meadow

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: SCBG yoga demonstrations by Nicole Fagone

12 to 3:30 p.m.: SCBG tai chi demonstrations by Angie Sierra

3:30 p.m.: GVJCI Tomo no Kai — gentle yoga


12:30 p.m.: GVJCI Tomo no Kai’s Karaoke Club — Evelyn Maewaki (singing enka)

1:30 p.m.: GVJCI Second Sunday Jam Session — Michael Murata (guitar)

2:30 p.m.: GVJCI Tanoshii Tanka — Genie Nakano (tanka)

Upper Meadow Pergola

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: SCBG Kids Club

In the Hall — All Day

GVJCI Japanese Language School work

GVJCI Sansei Stories

GVJCI presents Meito Calligraphy


Okinawa Association of America

Roots Community-Supported Agriculture

SCBG ikebana display

SCBG Oriental impressionistic watercolor art display

South Coast Bonsai Association bonsai display

Sound for the event will be generously provided by VOX DJs.

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