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Why Cherry Blossom Trees in Jackson Park?

Why Cherry Blossom Trees in Jackson Park?
March 31, 2013 was the 120th Anniversary of the 1893 dedication of the Phoenix Pavilion, a gift from Japan to Chicago at the time of the World's Columbian Exposition. In the 1930's a Japanese garden was added to the pavilion by the Chicago Park District. Together, the pavilion and garden were considered among the best examples of Japanese architecture and garden outside of Japan until the pavilion's tragic loss to an arson fire in 1946.

Beginning in the spring 2013, over 120 cherry blossom trees were planted to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the gift of the Phoenix Pavilion, and renew Chicago's commitment made to Japan in 1893 and again in 1935 to preserve the site as a place for visitors to learn about Japan and experience and explore Japanese culture.

In Japan, cherry blossoms have signified life itself—luminous and beautiful, yet brief and ephemeral. Each spring, people throughout Japan look forward to the blooming of the cherry blossoms, and come together under the trees upon their arrival to celebrate life and renew their spirit. While these moments pass quickly, the hope and progress that they inspire remains.

With the support of the Chicago Park District, The Garden of the Phoenix Foundation, Project 120 Chicago, and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Chicago, nearly 170 cherry blossom trees have been planted around the Columbian Basin behind the Museum of Science and Industry, along the path and water’s edge leading onto the Wooded Island, and to the south of where the Phoenix Pavilion once stood.

To learn more about the history in detail, visit the Garden of the Phoenix Foundation website.