Blossom on the trees

Join the Excitement of Hanami Blossom Day

We have a spectacular display of blossom each year, and springtime at Brogdale Farm is all about cherry blossoms and fruit tree blossom which blankets the orchards in a delicate tapestry of pink and white.

This year, we invite you to join us to celebrate Hanami Blossom Day, a traditional Japanese festival that pays homage to the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms.  As you wander through the orchards, you’ll be greeted by the sweet fragrance of blossom and the gentle hum of bees pollinating the flowers. At Brogdale Farm, we take great pride in our diverse collection of fruit tree varieties, each boasting its own unique characteristics and bloom times.

Throughout the day, we offer Japanese art and culture with a variety of activities and attractions for visitors of all ages. From guided orchard tours, origami and calligraphy workshops, crafts, talks, drumming and sword demonstrations, as well as, tasty Japanese food.

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Guided Tours of the National Fruit collections blossom orchards with Chris Lane.

Talk from Japanese Author Naoko Abe – author of Cherry Ingram The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms .

Koshu Japanese Art – Akemi Lucas – Sumi demonstration and calligraphy painting workshop.

Sushi and Japanese bread Making demonstrations.

Blossom tour
Kimono dress

TRY SOMETHING NEW

Origami Workshop – The Embassy of Japan Cultural Team.

Dress in Kimono – experience their intricate designs, colours and fabrics.

Growing your own Tree – Grow Nursery will be here giving advice on cherry blossom trees and they will be available to purchase.

Kimono Crafts

BE ENTERTAINED AND INSPIRED

Kensei Taiko – drumming demonstrations.

Kensei Ryu – swordsmanship demonstrations.

Kyudo – the Japanese martial art of archery.

Traditional dancing

drummers
Blossom picnic

TASTE  JAPANESE-INSPIRED DELIGHTS 

Traditional Tea Ceremony

Mr Miyagi – Canterbury sushi restaurant.

Wagamama – Traditional Japanese treats.

Picnic in the Beautiful Surroundings – bring along your loved ones, a blanket, and a basket filled with delicious treats, and immerse yourself in the spirit of Hanami.

Don’t miss your chance to witness this breathtaking display. Hanami Blossom Day at Brogdale Farm is set to be an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming you to our orchards and sharing in the joy of cherry blossom season together.

Date: Saturday 13th April

Time: 10am-3pm

Ticket: Adult £15. Under 16s FREE!

Don’t forget your camera for plenty of photo opportunities to capture those beautiful moments!

Calligraphy

Thank you to our sponsors The Great Sasakawa Foundation, and to all our contributors, Abe Naoko, Koshu Japanese Art, The Embassy of Japan Cultural Team, Mr Miyagi, Wagamama, Medway Japan Society, Kimono Crafts – Juliet Mayo, Kent Bonsai Club and Grow Nursery.

 

 

The National Fruit Collection is one of the largest fruit collections in the world and is located at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham, Kent.

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