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Latest Updates!

March 27, 2024 — “Eliza Scidmore: Trailblazer Bringing Japanese Cherry Trees to the U.S.,” NHK TV in Japan   Watch and listen here 


March 22, 2024 — “The Forgotten Story of Washington’s Cherry Blossom Trailblazer,” Johns Hopkins Magazine    Read article



March 21, 2024 — “Washington’s Cherry Trees: Cultural Exchange,” Immigration Nerds podcast   Listen here

March 18, 2024 — Interview with Kelly Therese Pollack on “Unsung History” podcast
Listen here

March 14, 2024 — “Book Review: Diana P. Parsell’s ‘Eliza Scidmore,’ ” in Falls Church News Press   Read article


Media Coverage | Interviews | Book Reviews

April 22, 2023 — Q&A blog interview with Deborah Kalb, Book Q&As   Read here

April 10, 2023 — “What’s New Buff and Blue: The Origin of D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms,” podcast interview with Sarah Sachs of GWU Hatchet   Read here

April 7, 2023 —  Book review, American Journalism   Article link

May 3, 2023 — “Local Author Uncovers Story of Woman Responsible for D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms,” American University’s Her Campus   Read article

April 22, 2023 — “Eliza Scidmore and the Cherry Trees of Washington, D.C.,” C-Span2 American History TV (Politics & Prose talk on March 27, 2023)   Watch via C-Span video

March 31, 2023 — “Hanami Spirit Blooms in Washington,” NHK World-Japan TV, with D.C. correspondent Hisaeda Wakako

March 30, 2023 — “The Woman Behind the Cherry Blossoms,” NBC’s “Today” Show, with White House correspondent Kristen Welker   Watch program

March 30, 2023 Book review,  “Spring 2023 Reading List: The 4 Best Gardening Books,” Wall Street Journal   Article link

March 29, 2023 — “Eliza Scidmore: Botanical Ambassador for Japan and Its Cherry Trees,” virtual talk for U.S. National Arboretum   Watch the talk

March 28, 2023 — Radio commentary for “Make Me Smart” podcast, NPR Marketplace (segment begins around 20 mins into the piece)  Listen to audio

March 28, 2023 — Q&A blog interview with women’s studies expert Pamela Toler, History in the Margins  Read here

March 10, 2023 — Podcast interview with Lisa Napoli, Biographers International Organization (BIO)   Listen to podcast



March 4, 2023 “Marietta College alumna pens book,” Marietta (OH) Times and Parkersburg (WV) News & Sentinel   Read article

March 2, 2023 — Q&A blog interview with D.C. historian Matthew Gilmore, Humanities-Net, DC   Read here

March 1, 2023 — Book report by Lynne Lamberg, NASW/Advance Copy, National Association for the Advancement of Science Writing   Read article

March 2023“One Woman’s Quest to Bring Cherry Blossoms to DC,Washingtonian   Read article

February 27, 2023 — Virtual talk for D.C. Mondays/GWU Museum and Textile Museum, “Eliza Scidmore Beyond the Cherry Trees”   Watch the video

February 16, 2023 — Q&A blog interview with Paula Tarnapol Whitacre, Discovering Lives   Read here

February 1, 2023 — Book review, Library Journal   Article link


Earlier Media Coverage

March 30, 2022 — Podcast interview with Jenny Rough for World Radio   Listen to audio

October 23, 2020 — TV interview in Juneau for BBC2’s “Great American Railroad Journeys,” with host Michael Portillo  (begins around 16 minutes )   Watch via Facebook

March 29, 2018 — Interviewed by scriptwriter Daniel Stashower for National Geographic Live! staged reading of Eliza Scidmore’s work   Read more

March 18, 2017 — TV guest appearance on “Mystery Hunter” series, episode on cherry blossoms, Japan’s TBS TV   Read more

February 2017 — Interviewed for National Geographic online article, “The Woman Who Shaped National Geographic”    Read article

March 30, 2013 — Interviewed on book research in Yokohama and Tokyo for evening news program, Japan’s NHK TV   Read more

March 13, 2012 Interviewed for “Cherry Blossoms’ Champion, Eliza Scidmore, Led a Life of Adventure, Washington Post   Read article


Book-Related Articles

“The American Woman Who Reported on Japan’s Entry Into World War I,” The Doughboy Foundation website, August 8, 2023

Photo essay on Scidmore, GEO Magazine [in French], October 2020

“Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore” (people who knew John Muir), Sierra Club’s John Muir website, April 3, 2018   Read here

“From Early ‘Lady Writer,’ Washington Cherry Blossoms and a National Geographic Legacy,” National Geographic News blog, March 26, 2012 (updated in 2018)

“Eliza Scidmore, the Woman Behind the Planting of Washington’s Cherry Trees in 1912,” Viral History blog, March 28, 2012


Honors and Awards

2017 — Hazel Rowley Prize from Biographers International (BIO) for best proposal for first biography

2012 — Mayborn Fellowship in Biography, sponsored by University of North Texas and prize-winning biographer James McGrath Morris

At the Tidal Basin with NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker in March 2023, filming for NBC’s “Today” show episode on Eliza Scidmore and D.C.’s cherry trees (Photo: Wakako Hisaeda)

BIO Hazel Rowley Award winner 2017

Receiving BIO Hazel Rowley Award from Gayle Feldman at BIO 2017 conference in Boston (Photo: James McGrath Morris)