Ueyno Park cherry blossoms

My book, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, is the first biography of Eliza Scidmore, Gilded Age travel writer and visionary of D.C.'s Japanese cherry trees.

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About Diana

Diana Parsell
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A writer, editor and former journalist, Diana Parsell has worked in Washington and Southeast Asia for media and science organizations including National Geographic, NIH, AAAS, and The Washington Post, among others.

"A Great Blooming" Has Moved!

My old website and blog on Eliza Scidmore has been absorbed into this website. All my blog posts about her can be accessed through the photo icon lower on this page or through this link.

Eliza Scidmore (1856-1928) shattered many glass ceilings of her day as a journalist and world traveler. Researching a biography of her, I've tracked down her story from Washington, D.C., to the U.S. Midwest, Alaska and Japan.

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The Englishman Who Saved Cherry Trees

Cherry blossom viewers love the variety known as “yoshino.” The white petals tinged in pink make up the clouds that encircle the Tidal Basin in Washington every spring. In “The Sakura Obsession,” the author Naoko Abe shows a flip side…

In July 2018 Diana lectured on Eliza Scidmore and her historic travels in Alaska to an overflow crowd at Glacier Bay National Park. While in Alaska, she was filmed for the BBC2 travel series "Great American Railroad Journeys," speaking on Scidmore's 1893 travel guide to Alaska. Diana has also been interviewed on her book by The Washington PostNational Geographic and Japanese television.