Eliza Scidmore hit the road a century ago as an intrepid journalist, capturing the romance of travel for Americans back home. Adventures in Japan inspired her obsessive quest to give Washington its now-famous cherry trees. Read my groundbreaking biography of Scidmore, due March 1, 2023, from Oxford University Press.

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Diana Parsell
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Long-time writer and former journalist Diana Parsell has worked in Washington, D.C., and Southeast Asia for publications, websites and science organizations, including National Geographic, NIH, AAAS and The Washington Post.

Eliza Scidmore

Diana started blogging on Eliza Scidmore on the eve of Washington's centennial celebration of its first cherry trees planted in 1912 as a gift from Japan. All the blog entries previously posted under the site name "A Great Blooming" are incorporated here and can be accessed via this link or through the photo icon lower on this page. Diana spent a decade tracking down Scidmore's story, doing research as far away as Alaska and Japan.

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Scidmore Bio Available for Pre-Order

  The book is set for launch in March 2023 from Oxford University Press. See details at the publisher’s online catalog. Bookstores are now offering the book on advance order. Here are some sources: Bookshop.org benefits independent bookstores with the convenience of online shopping. Politics & Prose is…

Diana's research on Eliza Scidmore has elicited interest from people in several countries. She has been interviewed about Scidmore by The Washington PostNational Geographic, Japanese television and Britain's BBC2. Diana has also lectured on Scidmore to diverse audiences, including park rangers and the public at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, where a mountain and a glacier are named for Scidmore.