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Voting for "America's Favorite Cherry Tree" An Ideal Way to Keep the Cherry Blossom Spirit Alive

03/29/12

For more information, contact

Sean Barry, 402-473-9563

sbarry@arborday.org

Participants Can Purchase Their Own Cherry Tree from the Arbor Day Foundation

Washington, DC (March 29, 2012) – Cherry blossoms in Washington DC's Tidal Basin and around the Capital may have peaked early this year, but an online poll launched in January by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Cherry Blossom Festival offers one way to keep the spirit of the Centennial Celebration alive.

"America's Favorite Cherry Tree" is live at arborday.org/cherryvote and allows all Americans to cast their vote for one of three finalists: the Yoshino, Kwanzan, or Autumn Flowering Cherry Tree. Participants can also purchase from among a collection individual cherry trees suitable for their own backyard and climate, with a portion of every sale benefiting the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Results of the online voting will be announced on National Arbor Day on April 27, 2012, the last day of this year's Festival in Washington, DC.

"Whether you missed the peak bloom, or saw it and already miss it, this exciting poll and opportunity to purchase online is a great way to continue celebrating cherry blossoms," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

"By voting in the poll and purchasing a cherry tree, Americans can bring the Centennial Celebration to both their computer and backyard," said Diana Mayhew, president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The three finalists were included in the gift from the mayor of Tokyo in 1912 and have become favorites along Washington, DC's Tidal Basin, as well as in yards, parks and neighborhoods across the United States.

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About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information can be found on the Arbor Day Foundation Blog, or by visiting us on Facebook or Twitter.

About the National Cherry Blossom Festival: The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration. The 2012 Festival, March 20 through April 27, includes five spectacular weeks of events and features diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty and community spirit.