On March 20, 1912, Tokyo, Japan, gifted Washington, D.C., with 3,000 gorgeous cherry blossom trees.
Each spring, people from all over the world visit our country's capital to see the flowering trees during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Kids in Queens didn't have to travel that far to celebrate the arrival of spring and cherry blossoms! Queens Library at Broadway invited children to create paintings of the lovely blossoms that will soon be blooming.
To paint the likeness of Japanese cherry blossoms, children used old plastic soda bottles. The bottom of the bottle served as a stamp of to create the blossoms for the flower and the rim of the bottle served as a stamp to create the buds.