Hanami is the Japanese custom of flower viewing. The transient splendor of trees in bloom inspires people to come together for festivals, picnics, and strolls beneath a canopy of petals.

The Challenge

In partnership with the City of Sacramento and Sacramento’s Japanese sister city, Matsuyama, the Sacramento Tree Foundation is challenging our community to create a unique linear park where Sacramentans will come to experience hanami every spring.

The Sacramento Tree Foundation will take the lead role, with engaged civic and business partners, to plan, design, plant and steward the trees along The Hanami Line. As many as 200 specially-grown cherry trees will be selected for adaptability to our climate and soils. The Hanami Line will be the heart of the annual cherry blossom festival, Sakuramento.

In the winter of 2013, we asked community members to submit their ideas about where the Hanami Line might be located. The winning proposal was chosen based on available and appropriate planting space, partner commitment, level of community and business support, and city approval.

Implementation of the chosen concept is reliant upon funding. It is intended that the funds to implement this project will be raised through private and in-kind donations. No public monies will be used.