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The Sakura Obsession: The Incredible Story of the Plant Hunter Who Saved Japan's Cherry Blossoms

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The remarkable 1,200-year history of the Japanese cherry blossom tree--and how it was saved from extinction by an English gardener.

Collingwood "Cherry" Ingram first fell in love with the sakura, or cherry tree, when he visited Japan on his honeymoon in 1907. So taken with the plant, he brought back hundreds of cuttings with him to England, where he created a garden of cher
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Vivek Tejuja
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
One should always get out of their comfort zone and try things they say. Different things. For me reading something which I wouldn't otherwise is radical enough. I mean, this book intrigued me, and I just had to read it to know more. I am so glad I did. To experience a different culture (which of course I have through other reads), but also knowing about the Cherry Blossom and how it came to be saved was a brilliant experience.

The story starts in 1907, when Collingwood "Cherry" Ingram fell in lo
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Ryan Bell
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book very engaging and informative. I think it did a great job of introducing many of the cherry varieties and Mr. Ingrams passion for them without being too technical or verbose. I very much enjoyed learning of the many varieties of cherries as much as the history of their cultivation and their symbolic meaning for Japan and the world.

I appreciated the shorter, bite sized chapters and the many photographs and illustrations. I felt they helped me grasp the aesthetics that Ingram an
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Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Sakura Obsession by Naoko Abe is a history of the Japanese cherry blossom tree and the man who obsessively studied them. Collingwood Ingram discovers cherries on his first visit to Japan. He spent the rest of his life growing cherries at his home in England and sending cuttings of the trees around the world to ensure everyone could enjoy the beauty of trees. He eventually returned an extinct variation of the tree to Japan.

Cherry blossom trees are one of my favorite things and th
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