“This time of year, the Smithska Valley is at its most beautiful. The rhododendron is in full bloom,” says head gardener at the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Anders Stålhand. “Kids especially love the koi carps, who are let out from hibernation into the Spegeldammen pond by the entrance during Hanami here at the Botanical Garden, Sweden’s largest cherry picnic and our biggest event. Hanami means ‘to behold flowers’ in Japanese and is a celebration of spring in Japan every year as the cherry trees bloom.”