This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival includes 26 blossom sculptures placed around DC, with a few just over the border in locations in Virginia and Maryland.
NPS’s current forecast for peak bloom this year is March 27-30. Not too far away!
(Editor’s Note: Due the coronavirus pandenic, the festival has been postponed. When a new date is announced, we’ll update this post.)
According to NPS, the forecast for peak cherry blossom bloom is April 3-5 this year.
Some cool things, but also a few that suck.
Celebrate Japanese culture with the finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival!
Now that all the cherry blossoms in DC have come and gone, let’s reminisce.
I first discovered the brilliance of Spring cherry tree blossoms in Seattle at the University of Washington’s Quad, where 31 Yoshino cherry trees were re-planted in the 1960’s. I also witnessed cherry trees in Kyoto and Tokyo in 2008. The effect in all places was beautiful to be sure, but so far have paled in comparison to the volume of blooming cherry trees that we know so well from the Tidal Basin.