Cherry Blossom Festival 2012: 100 years of cherry blossoms
This year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates 100 years. The gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Japan in 1912 honors the lasting friendship between the two countries. Here's a look at the celebration through the ages.
Coordination between the governments of the two countries was orchestrated by Dr. Jokichi Takamine, a world-famous chemist and the founder of Daiichi Sankyo, Dr. David Fairchild of the Dept. of Agriculture, Eliza Scidmore, first female board member of the National Geographic Society, and First Lady Helen Herron Taft, the trees arrived in Washington.