One of the most glorious signs of Spring is blossom-filled cherry trees. The two-mile stretch of beauty that puts the cherry in Cherry Hill will come into full bloom in the second half of April.
From Apr. 15 through Apr. 30, the 1472 cherry trees that line Chapel Ave. between Haddonfield Rd. and Kings Highway will again put on a gorgeous show of color to announce Nature’s rebirth.
But a sea of delicate petals won’t be the only thing passersby will notice.
Scores of American flags and yellow ribbons will adorn the array of trees. It’s a special tribute to both military personnel and those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The patriotic remembrance, presented by Cherry Hill’s Firefighters and American Legion Post 372, has been an annual event for nine years.
Organizer, Joe Zanghi says their loyal support has helped to continue an ongoing idealistic effort.
Chapel Avenue’s cherry trees are part of a 42-year project that sought to unify a diverse community divided by sprawl. Each year, trees have been planted with the goal of transforming the thoroughfare and the township.
At one time, they served as the floral canopy under which an annual Cherry Blossom Parade occurred. The parade was discontinued in 1992.
However, the crusade to create positive visual branding through planting cherry trees persisted. This year, there are plans to install 30 more trees along the avenue – bringing the total number to 1502, Zanghi said.
Last year, the tree-lined avenue was honored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with an award for public “Garden of Distinction”.
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