Spring has finally come to Washington. We are awaiting the biggest event of spring in DC which is the blooming of the cherry blossoms in the Tidal Basin surrounding the Jefferson Memorial. To make a long story short, it took two women to get things done… In 1885 Ms. Eliza Scidmore returned from a visit to Japan and proposed planting these beautiful trees along the newly reclaimed Potomac waterfront. No one listened to her until 24 years later, when the wife of President Taft took it upon herself to meet with the Japanese consul.
The Japanese government sent over 2,000 cherry trees to be planted. Unfortunately, the were infested with insects and nematodes and had to be burned. But finally a new shipload of 3,020 healthy trees arrived on the West coast and were tranpsported to Washington. They were planted and have become a spectacle of pink ethereal beauty every April, celebrated by festivals and a parade. Thousands visit the Tidal Basin to enjoy them in their fleeting beauty. Peak bloom is coming late next week.