The Grand Rapids Public Museum in partnership with the Kent Garden Club planted Kwanzan Cherry Trees on the west bank of the Grand River front of the museum. The Kwanzan Cherry Tree is a hardy variety known for the beauty of their carnation-like double flowers. As part of its commitment to community beautification, Kent Garden Club planted nine Kwanzan Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees along the museum river walk, hence the project name “Cherry Walk”. The trees initially are 6-8 ft in height and will grow to 30-40 feet at maturity.
The planting occurred in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day on April 15th, Earth Day on April 22, and Arbor Day on April 29th. Volunteers from community organizations assisted in planting the trees and beautifying the entire Museum grounds including:Trees were donated by a Kent Garden Club members and dedicated to a person of their choosing. So many shovels and dirty hands; all well documented by Channel 8, Channel 13 and Kentwood TV.