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cherry blossom vase with flowers.jpgCherry Blossom Expandable Vase

This expandable vase does everything a glass vase does except collect dust, chip or break.  Available in a variety of designs, these plastic vases are durable and stable enough to hold a flower bouquet.  They’re ideal for events, weddings, and any table top--collapsible and economical, making it easy to keep a variety of colors and patterns tucked away for any occasion.  Made of BPA free plastic the vase measures 10.75” x 6.75”.  The vase stores flat.  Just pour water into the vase to expand.

Cherry Blossoms, or Sakura, herald the advent of spring and symbolize the renewal and the ephemeral nature of life.  America’s introduction to these lovely flowering trees had its beginnings in 1885 when writer, photographer, and later the first female board member of the National Geographic Society, Eliza Scidmore, returned from her first trip to Japan.  Her passion for the ethereal blooms resulted in a campaign to plant the trees along the waterfront of the Potomac River to beautify the Capital.  In 1909 she wrote to the first lady, Helen Taft, about her scheme to raise money to purchase and donate the trees.  Through Mrs. Taft’s diplomatic contacts, Japan became aware of the plan and in 1912 the mayor of Tokyo gifted over 3000 trees in a gesture of friendship to the American people.  This delightful vase draws inspiration from the delicate profusions of blooms that grace Cherry Blossom festivals in Washington, D.C., Japan, and across the globe every spring.

Code:  200401

Member Price:  $10.80

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