Asked to describe the subject of her forthcoming book, author Diana Parsell says, “Every age has strong, independent women who defy the gender conventions of their era to follow their hearts and minds. Eliza Scidmore was one such maverick. Today, people know of her mostly as the visionary of Washington’s now-famous cherry trees. Yet she was so much more.” Parsell’s research into the life of Eliza Scidmore (1856-1928) reveals a woman ahead of her time—an intrepid world traveler, an expert on Alaska and Japan, and the first female board member of National Geographic. And let’s not forget that cherry tree vision; without the efforts of Eliza Scidmore, it doubtful Japanese cherry trees would have been planted in Washington, D.C. How did she do it? Join writer, editor and journalist Diana Parsell and find out.