Japanese garden photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.
The Chicago Botanic Garden is placing a traditional Japanese "wishing tree" so that visitors can write messages that will be attached to the tree to recognize the disaster in Japan. The potted Japanese maple will be located near the Crescent Garden from March 18 through the 27. For those who can't make it to the Garden, wishes and messages of sympathy can also be posted to the Garden's web site and Facebook page. The weekend of March 19-20 is the Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend, which celebrates, and educates visitors about, Japanese culture. You can make wishes, write a seasonal haiku and make a cherry blossom hanging scroll or just take a contemplative walk in the Malott Japanese Garden.