In the fall, the Maryland State Society and Blossoms of Hope chooses one young Marylander to serve as the Maryland and Blossoms of Hope Cherry Blossom Princess. As part of the Princess Program she will represent the state of Maryland and Blossoms of Hope in a variety of cultural activities and events, serving as an ambassador of Maryland culture to members of Congress, foreign dignitaries, professional and cultural organizations, and our fellow State Societies. Every year, one Cherry Blossom Princess is chosen to become the Cherry Blossom Queen - in 2012, it was Maryland’s own Taylor Barfield

The Cherry Blossom Princess must be:
    • Between the ages of 19 - 24 years old.
    • Must be resident of and/or has spent significant time (ex. attending college/university) in Maryland.


The 71st Anniversary Cherry Blossom Princess Program will be held in April 2019 in Washington, DC (see the events page).  The Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a cultural, educational, and professional development program for women leaders ages 19 to 24 held each year during one week of the National Cherry Blossom Festival© in Washington, DC. It is sponsored and managed by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS), the non-profit, voluntary umbrella association for State and Territorial Societies in the National Capital Area. Blossoms of Hope serves to benefit the Claudia Mayer / Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center in Howard County as well as the planting of Cherry Blossoms trees throughout the county. If you believe you have the qualifications to be considered as a Maryland State Society / Blossoms of Hope Cherry Blossom Princess, please click here to fill out the free application.

Read about 2018 Maryland Cherry Blossom Princess Ashley Brown's experience in this article published in the Baltimore Sun and 2019 Maryland Cherry Blossom Princess Emily Przyborowski in this article published in Baltimore Brew!