According to the National Arbor Day Foundation ~ in 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gave Washington, DC the gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to denote the friendship between the United States and Japan.
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates this gift with the nation’s greatest springtime celebration.
Now, 100 years later, the flowering cherry tree remains an American favorite. In honor of the Festival’s Centennial Celebration, all Americans are invited to cast their vote for America’s Favorite Cherry Tree, with winner announced on April 27.
The 27th is the final day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Arbor Day 2012. Be sure and cast your vote here ~
And don’t forget to plant your own trees ~ join the Green Belt Movement (started by Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Muta Maathai in 1977) to help plant a billion trees. Here is how to participate:
Plant a tree or trees.
- Email us at email@example.com with the number of trees planted and their location.
- We’ll notify the Green Belt Movement so your trees will be counted in the goal for 1 billion.
- Thank you for doing your part to preserve the health of people and the planet
He that plants trees loves others besides himself.Thomas Fuller