Their beauty draws tourists and their pollen makes us sneeze…
So why does Washington DC have a Cherry Blossom Festival? What’s the difference between an American and a Japanese cherry tree? How do you make the very best cherry pie? And what would you do if your wife’s last plan before she died had been to take you to the Tokyo Cherry Blossom Festival?
On the 100th anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, we provide some answers:
by Andrea Zimmerman; illustrated by Ju-Hong Chen
How adventuress Eliza Scidmore, First Lady Helen Taft, and a Japanese scientist worked together to bring the beautiful cherry trees of Japan to Washington D.C. in 1912.
by Diana Wells
Detailed history of over 100 trees, including the cherry tree. Includes physical descriptions, folklore and stories, geography and who transported them from place to place, origins of their common names, and more.
by Ann McClellan
The origin and history of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Includes historic photos of the festival, and recent photos by National Geographic photographer Ron Blunt.
When his wife dies unexpectedly, Rudi vows to make up for her lost life by taking a last journey to Tokyo in the midst of the cherry blossom festival. [German, 2009]
by Marjorie Priceman
A tour around the United States to gather coal, cotton, granite, and other natural resources needed to make the utensils for preparing a cherry pie
by James H. McGregor
A History of the design and building of Washington DC, including the Tidal Basin and monuments.
by Michele Stuart
Owner of the world famous shop Michele’s Pies in Newport CN shares almost 80 recipes, including Cherry Pie and Sour Cherry Crunch Pie (yum…)