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Feb 16, 2012

"Friendship Grove" dedication in Griffith Park

IMG_5517 from left: Ernest Hida of the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister Cities Affiliation, Dan Berry, nursery manager from the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Leon from Rec and Parks Forestry Division and Tom LaBonge

Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge on Thursday dedicated a “Friendship Grove” of Flowering Cherry Trees in Griffith Park. The grove of ten trees was a gift to the City of Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation, which were donated by Huntington Library Art Collections & Botanical Garden in collaboration with the Office of the Consulate General in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles and Nagoya, Japan have been Sister Cities since March 1959, not long after then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the Sister Cities Program with the idea of building “people-to-people” relationships, global cooperation, cultural understanding and economic stimulation among cities worldwide. This “Friendship Grove” of Flowering Cherry Trees in Griffith Park symbolizes the enduring friendship and strong ties between the City of Los Angeles and its first Sister City, Nagoya. It also commemorates the Centennial Anniversary of the gift of thousands of flowering cherry trees from Japan to the United States in 1912. The annual flowering of those cherry trees in our nation’s capitol is celebrated each spring during the Cherry Blossom Festival. With that in mind, Councilmember LaBonge wanted to mark the 100th anniversary of that special gift of trees, symbolizing the beauty of nature and the roots of enduring international friendship, while acknowledging the gracious gift from the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation. “This “Friendship Grove” of Flowering Cherry Trees will remind us of that special relationship when they cast cooling shade on park-goers and shower us with their delicate petals,” said Councilmember LaBonge. “When you plant a tree, you look to the future, while honoring those who’ve gone before us.” Click here to see more photos of the event

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