On Saturday, April 14, we celebrated Arbor Day a little early (it’s normally the last Friday in April) to pay tribute to the memory of Joy Hashimoto by planting a Japanese flowering cherry tree in the park near the Sugar House Garden Center. Mrs. Hashimoto, who lived to the age of 90, was a longtime member of the Neighborhood Garden Club and well known for her horticultural and flower arranging skills. The tree was donated by Carol Clegg Hosking of New Zealand, formerly a Neighborhood Garden Club member, and the tribute ceremony was attended by Mrs. Hashimoto’s children and grandchildren. A cherry laurel was also planted near the front door of the Garden Center in memory of Mary Ravarino and other garden club members who have passed away. Here are some photos from the event.