On Friday, Nov. 30, the city of Clay received two Japanese flowering cherry trees at Cosby Lake Park. City leaders and representatives from the Fresh Water Land Trust and the Japan American Society of Alabama were at the lake at 10 a.m. to celebrate this wonderful gift.
The Freshwater Land Trust received two Japanese cherry blossom trees from the Japan American Society of Alabama as part of the 100-year celebration of the gift of the cherry trees now planted in Washington D.C.
The Land Trust was asked to plant the two new gift trees together where they could be enjoyed by others. We are excited they have chosen our beautiful Cosby Lake Park as an ideal location. The blooms will be a beautiful reflection off the water.
The Japanese flowering cherry tree, known as "sakura," is one of the most-loved trees in the world. Over 8,000 of them are found in Washington D.C. Over the years, the tree gifts have been symbols of goodwill and friendship from the Japanese people.
First Lady Taft received 3,020 trees in 1912, and First Lady "Lady Bird" Johnson received an additional 3,800 trees in 1965. When the cherry trees are blooming, they are breathtakingly beautiful.
We are honored that Clay was chosen to receive this gift and look forward to seeing the trees grow into beautiful focal points at the lake.