March 27, 1912: The First Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees Are Planted in the U.S.
On this day in 1912, the first two Japanese cherry blossom trees were successfully planted by First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Japanese Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave the U.S. over 3,000 trees to demonstrate the growing relationship between the U.S. and Japan.
Every spring, Washington D.C. commemorates the initial planting through the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year, the peak bloom is forecast for April 8-12.
As you wait for this year’s blooming period, treat yourself to this delicious spring recipe, a Raspberry, Pistachio, and Vanilla Semifreddo from PBS Food.
Image: Cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. 2013
For flowers that are so naturally elegant, domestic orchids are seriously design-challenged. Not the blooms themselves, of course—it’s that unsightly but ubiquitous stick-and-teensy-hair-clip combo that keeps the stems standing tall.
Yeonju Yang, half of London-based studio Yang:Ripol, had been regularly tending to these particular blossoms for almost five years before reaching a kind of creative epiphany.
“It’s funny how sometimes things stare at you in the face for so long until the designer mind clicks in and you realize—here is actually a problem which needs resolving,” he tells Co.Design.