|Cherry trees at the Japan House, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
I took advantage of the early morning and walked over to the Japan House to see the Cherry trees in blossom. The question on every visitor's mind was will the trees still have flowers? They were just opening up and holding on strongly to their petals even with the blast of winds.
|James Bier (donor, designer and helps maintain the Japan House gardens) and Laura Hayden (me) with Cherry trees in the background.|
I feel very fortunate to know one of the men behind the Japan House garden plans James Bier (last name pronounced 'bye-er'). He just happened to be there at the same time checking on the trees. We chatted a bit and he kindly agreed to a selfie with me. If you have the time join one of the educational events at the Japan House, or take a walk through the gardens. This is a gem of green space with gardens and walking paths close to the University of Illinois campus. Not to be missed.