Between March and April, a handful of Southern California cities salute their Japanese roots as delicate pink flowers begin to dot the trees in parks and along city streets. But with events still pretty much banned, that won’t really be happening this year. Oddly enough, some of those cherry blossom festivals don’t actually feature any cherry trees.
So if you’re after blossoming buds, you’ll largely want to head to a botanical garden this year. We’ve outlined the four best spots to step into spring this year, plus the status of L.A.’s annual cherry blossom festivals.