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, …
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 …
Sunday, April 1, 2012
From murder trials to speed cameras -- here's what Patch covered in Howard County this week.
Mistrial Declared in Wael Ali Twin Murder Case After a week and a half of testimony and 20 hours of deliberation, the jury was unable to decide whether Wael Ali killed his twin brother Wasel on a secluded pathway in Columbia. Cherry Blossoms 'Snow' in Howard County Watch this video of cherry blossom petals filling streets and ditches in Howard County. Speed Camera Update It's been four months since Howard County's two mobile speed cameras began issuing $40 citations. The program has netted $196,073 and more than 3,600 citations have been issued. School Board Hopefuls Question Superintendent Search Candidates for the Howard County Board of Education said the current board lacked openness in its process to appoint a new Superintendent of …
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…