Cherry Blossoms, Symbols of Friendship and Courage

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 12:30pm
Led by 
Ann McClellan

An exploration of the images, tales and festivals associated with the ethereal Japanese cherry blossoms, especially those in Washington, DC.  People have celebrated the blooming of these beautiful trees for more than 1,000 years. Today they serve as instruments of diplomacy and signifiers of military fortitude, landscape enhancements, and eternal signs of spring and romance.

Host:  Carolyn Crouch, Founder, Washington Walks

Unfortunately, Washington Walks was unable to record this webinar for future viewing. 

Portrait of Ann McClellanAnn McClellan is the author of two books about the flowering cherry trees of Washington, D.C.: National Geographic’s Cherry Blossoms and The Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Celebration. She is also the author of a book about the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum. All three books reflect her lifelong love of trees that came from her growing up at an arboretum-like campus in New Jersey laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted. Earlier in her professional career, she held executive positions at several renowned non-profit organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution and World Wildlife Fund.