INJA Desk, Washington D.C. March 09, 2019.
Peak bloom for the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin has been predicted for April 3rd through the 6th! The National Park Service defines the peak bloom date as the day on which 70% of the blossoms of Yoshino cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin are open. The date has always varied year to year, depending on weather conditions. In 2017, peak bloom began the last week of March, while 2018 started the first week of April. From the blossoms at The Tidal Basin to more than 40 events that make up the Festival, the whole city will come to life this spring from March 20th through April 14th! For the full schedule of this year’s events, visit: https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/all-events/
History of Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs every year from March to April, commemorates the gift of approximately 3,000 cherry trees from the Mayor of Tokyo to the United States in 1912. The gift celebrates the friendship between the Japanese and American people. The Cherry Blossom Festival, located mainly around the Tidal Basin, attracts hundreds of thousands of people to D.C. each year. Peak bloom occurs when 70% of the Yoshino Cherry trees are open. Most people are familiar with the beauty of the cherry blossom trees; but few know the history of how these trees came to surround the Tidal Basin. That story starts with an individual buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Often overlooked and forgotten are the first President and First Lady to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery —President William Howard Taft and his wife Helen “Nellie” Taft. In 1909, Mrs. Taft received a letter from Mrs. Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, a local author and member of the National Geographic Society, detailing a plan to plant cherry trees around the Tidal Basin. Mrs. Taft responded to the letter by agreeing to the overall plan; but she suggested some minor changes to the layout of the trees around the Basin. The Japanese consul was told about the plan and offered to donate approximately 2,000 trees. In 1910 the trees arrived in Washington DC and the Department of Agriculture discovered that they were infested with insects. A few days later President Taft agreed to have the trees burned. The mayor of Tokyo and others from Japan decided to donate another batch of cherry trees to the Capitol. In March of 1912, approximately 3,000 trees arrived in the District.
Mrs. Taft and the Japanese ambassador’s wife planted the first two saplings on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin. Those trees still stand today with a small plaque commemorating the event.
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