Cherry Tree Centennial Celebration Plants its Seeds in Columbia

Through a partnership between the Columbia Association (CA) and the Howard County Tourism and Promotion office, three Yoshino cherry tree saplings grown from the original trees gifted to the United States by Japan in 1912 will be planted in Columbia. This is one of the first sets of trees to be donated outside of Washington, D.C., and the first in Maryland. The trees will be planted in October 2012 in Kennedy Gardens, located on the eastern shore of Lake Kittamqundi, during scheduled renovations following the CA lake dredging there and Howard County sewer line projects.

These trees have been donated to Howard County in commemoration of this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival and the centennial celebration of the 1912 gift. Blossoms of Hope, Howard County’s Cherry Tree project, has planted trees throughout Howard County, including three CA locations: Lake Elkhorn, Wilde Lake and Symphony Woods. Since its inception, the project has helped plant more than 1,500 trees and raise more than $142,000 to support the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital.

For more information about Blossoms of Hope and a full list of events and activities during April’s Cherrybration celebration, please visit blossomsofhope.com

— Written by Kathy Huver

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