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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Green Spring Gardens celebrates the cherry blossoms

Green Spring Gardens, in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, will hold three programs to celebrate the beauty and history of the cherry blossom next month.     

This Children’s Cherry Blossom Festival, Saturday, April 5, 1-3 p.m., is designed for families with children age 5 and up. Activities include storytelling, origami, Japanese-style lantern painting, a cherry tree haunt, and instruction in using chopsticks. It’s $10 a person. Register online or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.  

On Sunday, April 6, 1-3 p.m., adults can enjoy tea at the Japonism in Fashion event, highlighting Japanese influence on western fashion. Participants will view gorgeous avant-garde designs that combine Japanese motifs with 19th and 20th century Western silhouettes, discover elements of the kimono in tea gowns and opera coats, and learn about Japanese designers who are redefining fashion worldwide today. This program is $29 per person. Reservations are required; call 703-941-7987. 

Another program for adults, a Unami Tasting Party, takes place Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-noon. Umami is a Japanese word meaning pleasant, savory taste. Participants at this session will sample unami-rich foods and learn about the history, health benefits, and research science on unami and how to use it to enhance your cooking. The cost is $27 a person. Register online or call 703-642-5173.

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