21 Jun 2019 SGI-USA and the City of Denver held their 31st Annual Cherry Tree Planting Ceremony
Seikyo Shimbun Highlights:
Denver, USA: On June 9, SGI-USA and the City of Denver held their 31st Annual Cherry Tree Planting Ceremony with nearly 100 participants.
This cherry tree-planting began when SGI-USA donated cherry tree saplings to the City of Denver in 1989 in commemoration of the opening of the Denver SGI Centre. Since then, the SGI-USA members in Denver, together with the local government institutions have been planting cherry trees every year and nurturing them with care and love. And this year marks the 30th anniversary of this tree-planting endeavour. The journey over the past 30 years was certainly not an easy feat as Denver is located 1600m above sea-level and the temperature differences is wide-ranging, making it an extremely harsh condition for cherry trees to survive. In fact, experts had confirmed that cherry trees will not survive in Denver.
However, SGI-USA members carried out thorough researches and collated their wisdom on how to protect and nurture these cherry trees and finally they succeeded. Today, cherry trees are found in 24 locations in the city including parks and universities, bringing great joy to the residents of Denver every spring. These trees are fondly known as the “Ikeda cherry trees” by the residents.
This year, 50 cherry trees were planted at Sloan’s Lake Park and SGI President Ikeda sent a congratulatory message, praising the steadfast efforts of the members throughout the past 30 years.