Eliza Scidmore suggest to First Lady Helen Taft to have Japanese Cherry Blossom brought to D.C. and collect donations to do so.
The first cherry trees arrived to D.C. but later burned once it was discovered they had bugs
After hearing the first cherry trees were burned They Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, sent another shipment of cherry trees. They are still here to this day.
The first cherry blossom festival was celebrated in 1935 and became an annual thing.
There were protest of the cherry trees being removed for the Thomas Jefferson memorial. It didn't end until after the ladies that chained them selves left and FDR had the cherry trees moved to another location
A bunch of ladies went to the Thomas Jefferson construction site and chained themselves to the tree.