The Sakura Grove

Image of Sakura trees with ARC building in the background

The Academic Resource Centre is framed by the blossoms of UTSC's Sakura Grove.

Every year, the blossoms of the Sakura Grove between H-Wing and the Social Science building herald the arrival of spring in spectacular but fleeting fashion.

  • The trees—50 in all—were a gift from the Sakura Project, established by the Consulate General of Japan to celebrate the growing friendship between Ontario and Japan.
  • In Japan, the blossoms are a symbol of the arrival of spring, and people come out by the hundreds to picnic beneath the trees.
  • Sakura is the name for the ornamental Japanese Cherry, or prunus serrulata.
  • The grove was planted in 2005. Hisao Yamaguchi, then Consul General of Japan, joined President David Naylor and Principal Kwong-loi Shun for a dedication ceremony that October.
  • From 2001 to 2012, the Sakura Project donated 3,082 trees to be planted in public places in Ontario, including UTSC and U of T’s St. George campus.