It’s getting to be that time, springtime that is! And when you think springtime in the US, there is one iconic place that stands out…Washington D.C. Now maybe that is not the case for all of you, and you may be asking why? Well, the annual cherry blossom festival of course! Each year cherry blossoms fill the city with a beautiful pink glow, and a fresh scent. But, it doesn’t last long, as the blooms typically only linger for about two to three weeks, and then the trees shift from flowery to leafy.
I was recently in the Washington D.C. area for work, and happened to be there a couple days after the “peak bloom date,” so of course I had to venture there and have my own little spring fling! I luckily had just a little bit of time before catching an evening flight to take a stroll around the Tidal Pond and soak up this gorgeous flower fireworks show. The sun was shining, the temps were high, there was music in the background, the pond sparkled and the Jefferson Memorial glowed in the distance. It truly was the perfect spring day!
D.C. Cherry Blossom Facts:
- Cherry blossom trees were not common in the United States until the early 1900’s
- Journalist Eliza Scidmore admired their beauty in Japan and wished to plant them in D.C. as a way to beautify the city’s landscape
- In 1909 the project was endorsed by First Lady Helen Herron Taft
- The first gift of trees from the city of Tokyo to the city of Washington D.C. arrived the next year
- In January 1910 nearly 2,000 thousand trees arrived from Tokyo
- Due to dangerous insects on the trees, the entire shipment had to be burned
- On March 26, 1912, a new shipment of more than 3,000 healthy trees arrived
- The first two trees were planted the next day
If you will be in the area over the next few weeks, you have to add the cherry blossoms to your list of must sees. There are several upcoming events, including a parade and fireworks show. Whether you just stop by for a photo opp or enjoy a day at the festival, eating and listening to local music, you will be glad you got to witness this iconic springtime event. Like I said, this spring fling does not last long!
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