J.D. Clockdale and his daughter, Ella, 3, steady a tree while Susan Pierce Cummingham of Trees Atlanta shovels soil around it.

Brookhaven, city of cherry blossoms?

Well, why not?

Brookhaven city officials took a step in that direction April 25 by celebrating Arbor Day with the planting of three cherry trees in front of the town’s new City Hall at 4362 Peachtree Road.

“This week, we named the cherry tree the official city tree,” Brookhaven City Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams said before she, City Councilman Bates Mattison and other city officials filled the hole around the base of the trees with dirt.

The trees, she said, offered “a way to beautify our city and a brand for our city.”

Japanese Consul General Kazuo Sunaga took part in the ceremony. He said the signature cherry trees in Washington, D.C., began with a present from Japan a century ago, and that they now serve as a symbol of U.S.-Japanese friendship. “I hope the same can happen here,” he said.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.