Late March always brings the season’s first splash of color to the Missouri Botanical Garden as more than 150 cherry trees put on their pale-pink show. The peak bloom is fleeting, lasting only a week or so, but draws crowds. Visitors pose for photos and videos with the fragile flowers, or walk quietly by, enjoying the peace and beauty.

If you missed the bloom this year, don't worry: Spring is just getting started. The next couple of weeks will see crab apple blossoms, blooming acacias, peak tulip and daffodil blooms, and gorgeous buds on the aptly named red and white bud trees. If you want to visit, reserve a ticket a few days in advance, as they can sell out quickly.