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Explore the history, culture, science, nature, architecture, and stories that link the iconic spaces in the National Mall and Memorial Parks to our nation and its people. The articles collected here are produced by NPS staff at the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

Cherry Blossom Centennial

March 01, 2012 Posted by: Brad Berger, Park Ranger

March 27, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the ceremonial planting of Japanese flowering cherry trees along the Tidal Basin by First Lady Helen Taft and the Viscountess Iwa Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador.

 

Did You Know?

First Lady Taft

First Lady Helen Herron Taft, noted for accepting the gift of the cherry trees to Washington D.C., was also noted for beautifing the city by encouraging flower "clubs" to add plants to the landscape. More...