In 1912 three thousand cherry trees were bestowed to Washington D.C. by Tokyo, Japan as a sign of peace. One hundred years later, these trees continue to grace the U.S. capital and are celebrated by the pilgrimage to view their blooming during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this lasting monument, Japan this year chose to gift 20 cherry trees to 20 U.S. cities. Saint Paul was honored to be chosen as one of the recipients of this gift because of its lasting relationship with Nagasaki as its sister city since 1955.
The trees, Sargeant Cherry Spring Wonders Hokkaido Normandale, were a hybrid specifically chosen to withstand Minnesota seasons by Normandale Community College where the trees were propagated. The young trees were maintained, cared for, and pruned here at the TRE nursery. An honor to work with trees that carried so much symbolism.
The ceremonial planting was held on Saturday, June 9th. Of the other prestigious officials present for the dedication Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Mayor Chris Coleman, and the representative from Japan Deputy Consul General of Japan Mr. Hironori Sawada. Many Japanese-American organizations were also present for the celebration.
Look forward to the Sakura next season, the viewing of Saint Paul's beautiful pink cherry blossoms!
(Student Lab Assistant; 2012)