THIS NATION’S GREATEST SPRINGTIME CELEBRATION BEGINS!
In 1912, 3,000 cherry trees were given to the city of Washington, D. C. by Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo. First Ladies have been great supporters of the festival since the planting of the first two trees by Helen Herron Taft and the wife of the Japanese ambassador.
More than 1.5 million people visit Washington in March each year to
admire the trees and participate in events.
Fair warning to those who want to see this beautiful sight….
peak bloom time has been pushed back from late March to Apr. 3-6 due to cold weather.
Photo courtesy of The National Cherry Blossom Festival.
For the latest photos from the week of April 11, go to Have Camera Will Travel–A Photography Guide to Washington, D.C.