Trivia Question: Which First Lady is responsible for Washington, D.C.’s famed cherry trees?

Trivia Question: Which First Lady is responsible for Washington, D.C.’s famed cherry trees?

Edith Wilson
Eleanor Roosevelt
Dolley Madison
Helen Taft

In 1909, First Lady Helen Taft teamed up with conservationist Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore to bring sakura — Japanese cherry trees — to the nation’s capital. Transportation complications and an unfortunate insect infestation delayed the plan, but in 1912, Mrs. Taft and Iwa Chinda, the wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin. Those trees, which still stand today, were soon joined by thousands of others donated by the mayor of Tokyo.

The Answer: The correct answer is Helen Taft.

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