Cherry Blossoms are fast approaching and they are starting to bloom all over Howard County. For the entire month, Howard County residents and visitors can attend events or sponsor a Cherry Blossom tree. Here are some ways to celebrate the Cherry Blossoms in Howard County as we welcome in the Spring season. Throughout the month people of all ages can enjoy a variety of ways to celebrate the blossoms, from festivals to fashion shows, there's a little bit of everything!
Howard County Cherry Blossoms: Why should I come here?
Howard County Parks have Cherry Blossom trees that you can go out and look at while walking around the park. Founder’s Grove has the 20 original Cherry Blossom trees planted at Centennial Park.
You can walk around Lake Kittamaqundi to see where they have these trees that bloom around the beginning of spring. Over 50 Blossoms of Hopes trees bring in golfers to Turf Valley each spring to their annual Pink Greens Golf Classic. Every golfer can come in and enjoy their golf games on the warm spring days at Turf Valley. Clark’s Elioak Farm will have Cherry Blossom trees while you visit the Enchanted Forest to the petting zoo. You will find trees all around Historic Savage Mill, by the Bollman Truss Bridge and at Terrapin Adventures where you can go shopping, zip-lining and walking.
Cherry Blossoms Events
Blossoms of Hope will be having a Cherrybration Kick-off on April 10 on the lower parking lot at the George Howard Complex from 5:30-6:30 pm. This year they will be having a tree dedicated to the former senator, Howard County Executive, and Police Chief Jim and wife Janet Robey.
Blossoms of Hope will also be holding their 10th Anniversary Reception on April 12 from 6-8pm at the Columbia Art Center. This year will have art and written words that include the number 10. This event will support the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center and other causes, which is a good cause to come out and show your support for.
The 11th Annual Pretty in Pink Ladies Champagne Luncheon and Fashion Show returns to the Turf Valley Resort on April 13, where you and your friends can drink and laugh the afternoon away with unlimited pink champagne for a good cause! Enjoy retail therapy, hors-d'oeuvres a served luncheon, followed by a runway fashion show.
The 10th Annual Pink Greens Golf Classic tournament features 18 holes of golf on the beautiful championship course at Turf Valley, where each spring more than 50 Blossoms of Hope cherry trees welcome golf enthusiasts for their first outing of the year. Your entry fee includes breakfast, golf cart, soft drinks & beer on the course, closing reception buffet with soft drinks, beer and a cash cocktail bar, door prizes and more.
Want to visit the trees?
As an extension of the cherry trees blossoming in Washington, D.C., the goal of the Blossoms of Hope campaign is to have cherry trees simultaneously blossoming across Howard County each April to beautify the county and beckon people to visit and experience cherry trees. Over 1,600 beautiful Kwanzan cherry trees have been planted to beautify parks, roadways and attractions.
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How to sponsor a tree:
One of the organizations is Blossoms of Hope, which has a Howard County Cherry Tree Project. Guests can purchase a tree, including an individual Kwanzan Cherry or Native Dogwood trees throughout the year. Also, sponsorships are available for the trees already planted, starting at $155 each, which comes with a personalized plaque. Those who sponsor will receive a certificate for framing recognizing their contribution to Blossoms of Hope.