In 2013, our first Journal included an article, “A Living Friendship of Flowers,” by Sadafumi Uchiyama and Desirae Williams. The article discussed the centennial of the Japan-U.S. cherry blossom gift and a cherry blossom tree planting initiative in the U.S. 

The article begins:

In 1912, an unprecedented gift of blossoming cherry trees was sent from Japan to the United States as a symbol of friendship between the two nations. A century has since passed and – despite a short period of intense war – this friendship continues to develop. To mark the anniversary, in 2012 the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C. launched a nationwide cherry blossom tree planting initiative as a part of its Centennial Cherry Blossom Tree Celebration.1 Both in the introduction of the trees to the US, and in the centennial planting efforts, it is clear the cherry blossom trees share the enduring spirit and inspiring beauty of Japan, abiding through challenges past and present.

If your garden participated in this cherry blossom tree planting initiative, send us a picture and let us know how your trees are doing. 

*Above: Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco (Photo by Steven Pitsenbarger)