Image: The First Lady Attends The National Cherry Blossom Festival's Centennial Tree Planting

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National Cherry Blossom Festival's 100th anniversary

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Image: The First Lady Attends The National Cherry Blossom Festival's Centennial Tree Planting

Green thumbs

First Lady Michelle Obama takes part in a 1912 Cherry Blossom tree planting re-enactment ceremony with Yoriko Fujisaki, the wife of Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, near the Tidal Basin and along the Potomac River on March 27.

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Gift that keeps on giving

Tourists enjoy the cherry blossoms in full bloom around the Tidal Basin on March 22 in Washington, D.C.

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Waterfront view

Two young women enjoy a pedal boat March 22 in the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.

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Signs of spring

With above-average temperatures in the region over the winter, the cherry blossoms, seen March 22, were blooming earlier.

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The scenic ride

Boaters take in the view of the Tidal Basin on March 22.

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Showered by petals

Sisters Rama, Jena and Elana El Agha of Fairfax, Va., play with cherry blossom petals March 23 in Washington, D.C.

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National treasure

Cherry blossoms in full bloom March 22 around the Tidal Basin.

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A tourist attraction

Khandan Jahanshani of Tehran, Iran, takes in the blooming cherry trees, among some of the oldest trees along the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.

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Happy anniversary

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the cherry trees, which were originally a gift from Japan and were planted on the National Mall.

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An early spring

The National Park Service expects the bloom to peak between March 20 and 23, one of the earliest on record due to warmer-than-average temperatures.

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Petals galore

Cherry trees blossom by the Tidal Basin March 19, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

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Soaking in the sun

Kitty Stoner of Annapolis, Md., enjoys the warm weather and blossoming cherry trees.

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Image: Two soccer teams play next to the cherry blossom trees in full bloom in Washington

Having a ball

Welcoming weather brings out some soccer players.

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Springtime stroll

The gift from Japan 100 years ago started with a planting ceremony between then U.S. First lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador.

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Buds abound

Budding cherry blossom trees along the Tidal Basin are seen with the Washington Monument in the background on March 12. This year marks the 100th anniversary of when Japan gifted the trees to the U.S.

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Image: People paddle a boat on the Tidal Basin during the first bloom of the cherry blossoms in Washington

On the waterfront

People paddle a boat on the Tidal Basin during the first bloom of the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., on March 18. The trees were planted 100 years ago in a ceremony between U.S. first lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador.

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Blossoming branches

The Jefferson Memorial, photographed on March 19, is framed by cherry blossom trees. The blossoms are expected to reach their peak on March 20.

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Cherry blossom up close

A cherry blossom branch is seen on a tree adjacent to the Tidal Basin on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on March 17.

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Perfect setting

A couple take photos beneath cherry blossom trees near the Tidal Basin on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on March 17.

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Image: Tourists walk by cherry blossom trees near the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington

Sight to see

Tourists walk by cherry blossom trees near the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., on March 18.

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Nighttime blossoms

The Washington Monument is framed by cherry blossom trees in this March 19 photograph.

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