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Cherry Trees Boost Campus Blooms

April 22, 2015
Nine flowering cherry trees were planted on campus to mark Earth Day and provide spring blooms for decades to come.

Groundskeepers Chris Rainer and Adam Gannon finish planting two cherry trees near Daly Hall.Groundskeepers Chris Rainer and Adam Gannon finish planting two cherry trees near Daly Hall.

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Washington College is blossoming more than ever thanks to nine new cherry trees purchased for a special concert on campus and planted five days later to mark Earth Day. 

Grounds and Landscape Manager Joe Case procured the trees in time to decorate the lobby of the Gibson Center for an April 17 concert by the Toho Koto Society. The performance of traditional Japanese music was scheduled to coincide with the national Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., where the flowering trees are celebrated as a symbol of friendship between the United States and Japan.

On Earth Day, Case and his crew planted two trees in front of Daly Hall, two in front of the Literary House, and five near the Caroline and Queen Anne dormitories.  It was an especially fitting addition to the Literary House, which recently launched a new national literary journal it named Cherry Tree @ Washington College in reference to the facts and fables (Father, I cannot tell a lie …) surrounding George Washington’s legacy. 

-– Catalina Righter ’17


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