Hanami Spring Picnic
In the fall of 2018, eighteen Yoshino and Kanzan cherry trees were planted as a part of the celebration of the relationship between Oakland County and Shiga Prefecture in Japan. This year marks 50 years in the sister-state relationship with the prefecture, which is located on the western side of Honshu Island in the country.
MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center and the Novi Educational Foundation are partnering to host the first Hanami Spring Picnic at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center on May 5th from 11:00 to 3:00. This event will celebrate the first spring season of the new Sakura Garden at
MSU Tollgate Farm with picnic lunches under the cherry trees. The Japan Center for Michigan Universities and the Japan Outreach Initiative will be providing fun activities for the whole family to learn about Japanese culture at the picnic. Any proceeds from the event will support Novi Community School District students and teachers in attending programming and professional development with MSU Extension.