On April 14, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, the Arboretum will help celebrate the centennial of the Japanese cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. Free tours and a family drop-in activity will explore the Arboretum’s own collection of plants in the genus Prunus, which includes the flowering cherries.
In total there are some 172 cherry plants representing 72 taxa, a beautiful and diverse group to enjoy right here in Boston. Of special note are several accessions of Prunus sargentii, a fast-growing ornamental cherry with rich pink blossoms that was named for our founding director, Charles Sprague Sargent. Sargent collected the Arboretum’s oldest living Prunus specimen in 1892 in Japan: an accession of the Miyama cherry (Prunus maximowiczii) that stands on Peters Hill. Later this month, look for the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection to return from winter storage, and view a specimen of Prunus subhirtella (Higan cherry) started in 1852. You can visit and enjoy most of the Arboretum’s cherry collection in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection located near the Forest Hills Gate.
When: 14 Apr 2012. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: The Arnold Arboretum, Forest Hills Gate, Boston
More information at: http://arboretum.harvard.edu/news-events/explore-cherry-blossoms/