Office of the President

Cherry trees on the Quad in bloom

Japanese Map Cherry Blossom Spread

The University of Washington Seattle campus has many spectacular views and settings, and my favorite of all is the Quad in early spring when the cherry trees are in bloom. Luckily for all Huskies, that happens to be right now! The first time I saw cherry blossoms, I was living in Japan, and I immediately appreciated their beauty and significance as a national symbol. And my affinity for Sakura (Japanese for cherry blossoms) has grown exponentially ever since.

Much to my delight, the April 2014 issue of a Japanese magazine, Home Pictorial, has stunning photos of our cherry blossoms in a feature story about Sakura in the western U.S. UW Arborist Sara Shores is mentioned.

If you’re interested in learning more about our cherry trees, cared for by UW gardener Chris Holmer, visit our Grounds Management website and our Cherry Trees on the Quad webpage.