Friday, April 5, 2013
Here are 10 Blossoms of Hope sites to visit once Howard County's cherry blossoms begin to bloom.
Want to experience the blooming of the cherry blossoms, but would rather stay in Ellicott City than travel to the Washington, D.C. festival? You've got plenty of options. Each year, and usually about two weeks after the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., Howard County hosts Blossoms of Hope, which features 1,600 cherry trees throughout the region. Howard County can expect peak blooms two to three weeks after the cherry blossoms in D.C. bloom, which is expected to be this weekend. Here are 10 locations in Howard County where cherry blossoms are either blooming or being planted. Have other spots where you love to see cherry blossoms? Tell us about it in comments.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A group in Howard County has planted over 1,000 Kwanzan trees, which bloom later than those in Washington, DC.
Those looking to see a rite of Spring in the Mid-Atlantic should head down to the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC this weekend for the peak bloom of the cherry trees. The official estimated peak dates are April 3 to 6 (that's Wednesday through Saturday), according to the National Park Service. Here in Howard County, however, you'll need to wait about two to three weeks for the more than 1,000 cherry trees planted by Blossoms of Hope to start blooming. Why? The trees planted around the Tidal Basin are mostly Yoshinos, according to the Park Service, while Blossoms of Hope planted mostly Kwanzans. The earliest cherry trees in Washington date back to 1912, when 3,020 cherry trees were given to the United States by Japan. Of the original 3,020, …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Blossoms of Hope supporters donned pink tutus to give a gift to the Claudia Mayer Cancer Center on Wednesday.
People sometimes say 'real men wear pink', but do real men also wear pink tutus? If they're supporting the fight against breast cancer, they do. On Wednesday morning supporters of Blossoms of Hope sported pink tutus to drop off a special photograph and book at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital. The photograph is a framed shot from photographer Bob Carey's book "Ballerina." The book consists of a series of photographs of the not-so-skinny Carey in different locations around the country wearing nothing but a pink tutu. Carey was inspired to create the book to raise money to research breast cancer after his wife was diagnosed with the disease. Blossoms of Hope executive director Victoria Goodman …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Blossoms of Hope has awarded a kick-off grant for beautification projects.
Ellicott City is about to get more beautiful. Blossoms of Hope: The Howard County Cherry Tree Project has awarded a $1,000 grant to the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation for the establishment of a fund for "beautification projects" in the Historic District. "We believe the town plays an integral role in our project's success," Blossoms of Hope Executive Director Victoria Goodman said in a statement, noting that two of the organization's cherry tree groves are in Ellicott City. Given the ECRF's "longtime, well-respected stewardship of the historic town," Goodman wrote, "We are confident that this donation will be used to further Ellicott City as an attraction during Howard County Cherrybration Days blossoming season and beyond." The …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Lanterns of Hope brings Cherrybration Days to Ellicott City.
On National Arbor Day, Blossoms of Hope brought its annual Cherrybration Days festivities to Ellicott City with the Lanterns of Hope parade. During the spring, Blossoms of Hope sponsors several events in conjunction with the Howard County Library System and Howard County Tourism to bring in the spring and support the organization's fundraising activities. "We honor the cherry trees that we have planted all around Howard County," said Victoria Goodman, executive director of Blossoms of Hope. "We celebrate our trees tonight and the hope that they have brought to the community through the funds they have raised." To date, she Friday evening, before the parade, sponsored cherry tree plantings have raised more than $142,000 for the Claudia …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The festival will have activities for kids and adults -- and ice cream for everyone.
Chocolate-tasting, mask-making and a new ice cream shop are converging in Ellicott City this weekend to support Blossoms of Hope. The Ellicott City Spring Festival is Saturday, and it will bring a taste of Howard County's Cherrybration Days to Historic Ellicott City from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Historic District. This is the largest collaboration between Blossoms of Hope and the Ellicott City Business Association to date. - Get local events, breaking and daily news sent to your inbox. Sign up here for the Ellicott City Patch Newsletter. - Adults can enjoy shopping, live music, food and a beer garden (sponsored by Ellicott Mills Brewing Company) and there will be a host of events for kids including a scavenger hunt with prizes, a moon …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Ginger is hitting the road for Blossoms of Hope and Howard County Tourism. Snap a picture with her for a chance to win $100.
Need an friend to tag along as you enjoy the springtime in Howard County? Say hello to Ginger Breadgirl, friend of Blossoms of Hope and Howard County Tourism. Blossoms of Hope want Ginger to see – and be seen in – Howard County as a way to promote the organization's missions to beautify Howard County and support cancer patients at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Center at Howard County Hospital. To do that, just snap a picture with a printout of Ginger (attached) at one of the locations mentioned in the story of her adventure, including Clark’s Elioak Farm; the Howard County Center for the Arts; the George Howard Building; and the Howard County Welcome Center. Submit your photo on Ginger’s Facebook page, the Blossoms of Hope Twitter feed, or …
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Looking to support a local charity and brighten up your day?
Blossoms of Hope is selling flowers outside of the Howard County Welcome Center today. Stop by for flowers in support of the charity, which works to beautify Howard County as well as support the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. While you're there, take in some history at the Welcome Center. And check back for more information about Blossoms of Hope's Cherrybration Days, including the upcoming Lanterns of Hope Parade and Cherrybration Spring Festival.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Local restaurants celebrate Cherry Blossom season with special fundraising event.
The District isn't the only area around here that sees canopies of pink lining streets and sidewalks–Howard County has seen its fair share of cherry blossom blooms over the past week, too. Cherry tree buds in the area opened prematurely, according to The Washington Post, which described the scene as "snowing" with petals. But they’re just in time for the Blossoms of Hope Pink Plate specials program, which begins April 1 and runs through the end of the month. In support of the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital, local restaurants will offer pink-themed specials on their menus – think specialty drinks and cherry-flavored desserts. “The local restaurant community in Howard County has given generously to our…