planting cherry blossom trees in the city of Marshfield, Missouri came
about from a dream of local resident, Nicholas W. Inman. Following an
internship in Washington, D.C. he returned home, for he had become a
little homesick. However, due to his love of our nation's capital he
decided that it would be nice to bring just a small touch of Washington
to his home town. Thus, allowing everyone a chance to enjoy both worlds.
blossom project was began in 2003, although the first official planting
did not occur until 2004. The
first tree was planted at the Webster
County Museum by Missouri First Lady Lori Houser Holden. It was decided
on by the local Tree City USA advisory committee that each Missouri
First Lady would be asked to plant a tree. This occurred due to the
fact that the nations First Ladies had planted the trees in the
nation's capital. In fact, First Lady Helen Taft planted the first tree
in Washington, D.C
the cherry blossom project spread throughout the city. Numerous
dignitaries have visited to plant trees including; Jerry Jones (Owner
of the Dallas Cowboys), Jean Carnahan (Former Missouri First Lady and
United States Senator), Pat Wilson (Former Missouri First Lady), Betty
Hearnes (Former Missouri First Lady), John and Hilda Lane (nephew of
Dr. Edwin P. Hubble), Lesley Kays (Webster County Sesquicentennial
Queen) along with several group plantings.
Not long after the tree was adopted amongst residents, the local school
board named a street on their local campus "Cherry Blossom Way."
came at the urging of Inman, Neva Shroder and the tree committee, who
idea of lining the way with cherry blossom trees. Following
decision the Marshfield United Methodist Church and the Marshfield High
School Alumni Association became part of the project and they began
encouraging their members to purchase clumps of trees along the way.
Today, the way is lined with numerous clumps that, once they
mature, shall exhibit a
breathtaking view during the blooming season.
the beginning the Marshfield Rotary club purchased a large amount of
blossom starts. Volunteers planted several cherry blossom
on public property and a series of promotions encouraged citizens to
plant cherry blossoms on private property. We have quite a
few trees planted throughout Marshfield, but would
see more planted every year.
urging of local residents,
Inman formed the first "cherry blossom festival committee" for the 2006
blooming season. A dedicated and faithful group to the project was
appointed and they have begun work on an exciting opportunity for
everyone who visits the city in April of 2006.
Although many of the trees are still young, the view and anticipation
shall be great. The city of Marshfield shall forever profit, due to the
dream of a young man, who dared to dream a little outside of the box.
information about Cherry Blossom Festival call 417-859-3925