Hamada cherries in St Andrews

Cherry blossom

At this time of year, the streets and gardens of St Andrews are full of extraordinary cherry blossom. I have just learned the reason.

In 1975, Zenya Hamada was given permission to create a replica of the Old Course (I needn’t specify which sport!) in Japan. In gratitude he gave the city of St Andrews a thousand Japanese flowering cherries. These were distributed to owners of private gardens, and also planted in the streets. There is a particularly fine row very near my house, in Tom Morris Drive (appropriately!)

The cherries were the featured plant of the month in May 2010; you can still access the web page and read about them there.


About Peter Cameron

I count all the things that need to be counted.
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