Development began on the Victoria Esplanade, named to mark Queen Victoria's 60th jubilee, in 1897. Cherry blossom trees were first planted in the 1920s, and became a feature of the gardens. Hundreds of people came to view them each year when in blossom, and special trains ran from Wellington to bring sightseers.
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- Cherry trees in blossom, Victoria Esplanade
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