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Portrait of First Lady Helen Herron Taft, 1909.
First Lady Helen Herron Taft championed the cherry tree cause in Washington, D.C.

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Cherry Trees Planted in Washington, D.C.
March 27, 1912

Today, when we think of Washington, D.C., in the springtime, one of the first images that comes to mind is the cherry trees in full bloom. These trees have become one of the most impressive tourist attractions in the city. On March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the wife of the Japanese ambassador, Viscountess Chinda, planted two Yoshino cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac Tidal Basin in Washington. How many more cherry trees do you think were planted at that time?
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