2012 45¢ Cherry Blossom Centennial
Issue Date: March 24, 2012
City: Washington, DC
Perforations: Die cut 10 ¾
Japanese cherry trees line the paths of West Potomac Park. Their show of white and pink blossoms announce the coming of spring to Washington, D.C. Each year, thousands of visitors come to walk in the shade of the trees and take part in the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The annual celebration first took place in 1934. The three-day event has grown to include parades, street fairs, and cultural events. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the planting of the cherry trees, 2012’s festival took place over five weeks.
Without Eliza Scidmore, there would be no cherry trees in the park. It took 24 years of diligence, and the help of President Taft’s wife, before Scidmore convinced the city to plant the first trees on the shores of the Potomac River.
Over the years, Japan donated thousands of additional flowering cherry trees until the lawns surrounding our national monuments are now lined with their beauty.
Each spring, the cherry trees put on a display of blossoms as they have for the last century, and visitors enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Because of the vision of Eliza Scidmore and the generosity of many donors, people will stroll under a canopy of blossoms for many years to come.