For over a century, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC have heralded the arrival of Spring.

3,000 cherry trees were a gift of friendship to the United States from Japan in 1912. In March of that year, First Lady Helen Taft and the Vicountess Chinda of Japan finally planted the first trees.

Today there are nearly four thousand cherry trees planted around the Tidal Basin, along the Potomac river and on the grounds of the Washington monument and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

The peak bloom – a carefully forecast event that depends on weather conditions – is as stunning as it is brief.

This video is a bonus feature on Finley-Holiday Films’ Washington DC Tour DVD. It is available on location in Washington DC gift stores and from


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