Most Shared

Weather Alert

FLOOD WATCH, WINTER STORM WATCH, WINTER STORM WARNING

With the exception of Fayette, Union, Franklin, Butler, Ripley, and Dearborn County, a Flood Watch will be in effect for the entire Tri-State from 7pm tonight through 2pm Wednesday. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for all in the Tri-State except Fayette, Union, Franklin, and Butler County. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Franklin and Butler County. The watch and the warning will be in effect from noon Wednesday through 1pm Thursday.

WEATHER ALERT

Weather Alert Radar


text size

7am stumper 3-25-14

The buds still are not open on the cherry trees in Washington, D.C., but the national festival to honor the annual springtime event is blossoming. This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the gift of thousands of cherry trees from Japan as a symbol of friendship with the United States. There is a local tie to the cherry trees.  First Lady Helen Taft, married to President William Howard Taft -- who was from Cincinnati -- participated in the ceremony to plant those first cherry trees.

How many cherry trees from original planting in Washington, D.C. have survived?
1.  two
2. four
3. six


The answer is 1. two

Only two trees were planted in the original ceremony 102 years ago, and both have survived. According to the website for the National Park Service, three thousand cherry trees were shipped from Japan to be planted in Washington, D.C. in 1912. On March 27th, the website says First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted two yoshino cherry trees about 125 feet south of what is now Independence Avenue, SW. Washington's renowned National Cherry Blossom Festival grew from that little ceremony, which was witnessed by just a few people. These two original trees still stand several hundred yards west of the John Paul Jones Memorial.  A large bronze plaque commemorates the occasion.

 
 
Advertise with us!