Tree Planting Ceremony at the Freer

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Prime Minister Suzuki of Japan and Secretary Ripley attend a tree-planting ceremony at the Freer Gallery of Art. A rare, white weeping Fuji cherry tree was planted on the grassy oval in front of the Gallery to "symbolize the close cooperation between the Smithsonian and Japan and that nation's support for the Center for Eastern Art portion of the proposed quadrangle project." The tree was also planted to mark the beginning of an authentic Japanese garden at the Quadrangle.


Freer Gallery of Art


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, "The Torch," June 1981, p. 6.

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May 8, 1981


  • Gardens
  • Smithsonian Institution Quadrangle Complex



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