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Cherry Blossom Events at the Library of Congress

Japanese Culture Day
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This program introduces children and adults to Japanese culture through hands-on origami artwork creation, trying on kimonos and other activities. The 2015 Cherry Blossom princesses will instruct children in the art of tiara-making. At 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., will present "Japan-In-A-Suitcase," a program about Japanese life and culture. The Library’s Young Readers Center will provide an opportunity for children to explore the center’s library of current and classic books.
Location: Young Readers Center (LJ G29), Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.

Lecture by Bob Vogel
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, noon to 1 p.m.

Bob Vogel, National Capital Regional Director for the National Park Service, will speak about the 1912 gift of cherry trees, a symbol of friendship between the city of Tokyo, Japan and Washington, D.C. He will also discuss the long-term maintenance and preservation of this gift and how the National Park Service protects this national treasure for the enjoyment of future generations.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.

Inside Adams:  Field of Cherries -

Law Library InCustodia Legis: Cherry Blossoms, Insects, and Inspections

The Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship exhibit has a lot of beautiful pics, we can promote this too.

Topics in Chronicling America - Cherry Trees guide


Cherry Blossoms, from the National Park Service; includes a history of the cherry trees in Washington, D.C.

Official Website of the National Cherry Blossom Festival - This year marks the 100-Year Anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan.

Potomac Blossoms, American Memory, Library of Congress


Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Cherry Watch and Sakura Matsuri Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan, from

Macon Georgia Cherry Blossom Festival

Northern California Cherry Blossom festival

Photo: Man in top hat behind 3 girls in long dreses holding flowers.
Crowned Queen of Cherry Blossoms. Washington, D.C., April 8, 1937. Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress.


Cherry, information from the Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS) of University of Florida IFAS Extension

PLANTS Database, from National Resources Conservation Service, USDA
Search under common name for "Flowering Cherry."

Ornamental Cherry, Plum, Almond and Apricot,
from Clemson University

Compiled by Alison P. Kelly, revised April, 2015.

Photo:  stone lantern with tidal basin and cherry trees in flower in the background.
Japanese lantern on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. Photo: Official Web Site of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
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