National Cherry Blossoms Festival 2012 – Schedule Announced. Peak Bloom to arrive early. Centennial celebration.

It’s that time of year again. Chuva is making the trek to Washington, D.C. again this year to witness the peak bloom of the National Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin around the Potomac River.

The peak bloom prediction of the blossoms is March 24 – 31 this year. Earlier than last year. I am unsure how the weather will be like this year because it was still a bit chilly when I went last year.

It is the 100th year anniversary of when the blossoms were given to the U.S. by Mayor Ozaki.

In a ceremony on March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two of these trees on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. At the end of the ceremony, the First Lady presented Viscountess Chinda with a bouquet of ‘American Beauty’ roses. These two trees still stand at the terminus of 17th Street Southwest, marked by a large plaque.[2] By 1915, the United States government had responded with a gift of flowering dogwood trees to the people of Japan.– Wikipedia

The festival begins on March 20 and goes all the way to April 27th.

For more information, please visit the official website of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Hope to see you all there!!

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