Friday, March 15, 2013

Pittsburgh Sakura Project 2013 Spring Planting Festival, April 6.

Pittsburgh Sakura Project 2013

The Pittsburgh Sakura Project will hold its annual Spring Planting Festival in North Park on April 6 from 1:00 to 3:00. Since 2009 the Pittsburgh Sakura Project has been planting cherry blossoms and other flowering trees near the Boat House in North Park. About this year's festival the website says:
This year’s event will include hanami (flower viewing, weather permitting) and learning about the trees, planting of approximately 7 trees, tea ceremony, music, and more.
There is another planting day each fall, during which they plant a good many more trees. The website has photos from years past and also the flyer reposted above. For a little more background about the group, we again defer to the website:
We plan to plant 250 ornamental cherry trees around the greater Pittsburgh region over a 10-year period, in honor of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Pittsburgh in 1758. Our aim is for lovers of cherry blossoms to enjoy beautiful, mature cherry trees in the Pittsburgh region. The PSP will enable visitors to Allegheny County parks to enjoy the unique scenery of Sakura and strengthen bonds within the local Japanese community by creating a focal point for cultural and personal exchange. By adding the new element of Sakura to existing park scenery, we create a new aesthetic while preserving the woodland scenery, an example of cultural harmony and environmental sustainability for future generations.
North Park Sakura 1
Taken on a rainy day in late March, 2012.

Allegheny County gave permission to the Pittsburgh Sakura Project to plant there in 2008, and while North Park certainly is scenic it would be especially striking to have sakura in a more urban setting, like Schenley Park.

Scouting locations a little while ago.


  1. I think that this is a fantastic idea... I hope that, just maybe, they'll consider expanding the planting to more areas in and around The 'Burgh. I hereby announce that these fine folks can plant one in my yard, if they'd like. :-D

  2. Yep, I'm sure the logistics and red tape make it cumbersome to plant in other areas. But it sure would be pretty for a few weeks out of the year for cherry blossoms to line the pond, or the hill in Schenley Park, or the North Shore.


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