As with all things Mother Nature, she is difficult to predict. Yoshino Cherry Trees are not native to the South. William A. Fickling, Sr., a local realtor, discovered the beauty of the Yoshino Cherry Trees in his own yard. During a trip to Washington, D.C. in the year 1952, he discovered a tree that looked identical to the ones growing in his yard. After comparing cut samples from each tree, he discovered that they matched. A new resident to Macon named Carolyn Crayton noticed the trees and thought they were beautiful. She talked to Mr. Fickling about planting more trees throughout Macon. To start the project, Fickling agreed to donate the trees if she would organize the planting.
The community planted around 500 Yoshino cherry trees on Saturday, November 24, 1973, with the first trees planted along Wesleyan Woods, Guerry and Oxford Dr. Over the years, the trees became a common sight around the city and grew to become an identifying symbol of the city. Macon celebrated its first International Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring of 1982.
The International Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Macon, Georgia every spring. There are 300,000 – 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees in Macon, which gives us the Congressional Records as the Cherry Blossom Capitol of the world. The festival lasts for ten days and features events for people of all ages. The festival is not associated with the National Cherry Blossom Festival held in Washington, D.C. Trees are sold at Central City Park during the festival.
In 2019: Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 31.
Source: wikipedia.org | www.maconga.org | cherryblossom.com
In 2020 International Cherry Blossom Festival (Macon, Georgia) in USA falls on March 27.