Hard Rock pin for Cherry Blossoms 1996

Hard Rock pin for Cherry Blossoms 1996

Ah, spring in Washington, D.C. It’s punctuated by the blooming of the famous cherry trees. National Park Service horticulturist Rob DeFeo said the trees, a gift from Japan in 1912, started to peak in early spring. The glorious pink and white blossoms of the Yoshino and Kwansan cherry trees are a breathtaking spectacle surrounding the Tidal Basin at East Potomac Park on the Washington Monument grounds.

Their buds usually begin to expand in late February, and with a little careful monitoring and a steady eye upon the forecast, a fairly accurate blooming prediction can be made. The original trees were planted in 1912 by first lady Mrs. William Howard Taft and the Viscountess Chinda of Japan. The Yoshino, Japan’s favorite cultivated cherry tree, was developed around 1870.

The earliest recorded blooming was March 15, 1990; the latest was April 18, 1958. April is usually the best time to see the explosion of blooms of the thousands of trees, and the best way to see them is on foot. The walk around the basin takes about 30 minutes.

In 1996 the National Cherry Blossom Festival was scheduled from March 31 through April 14. The dates fluctuate from year to year according to the weather to ensure the best viewing. The chilly weather will help ensure that the blooms remain throughout the festival.

Location: 16-C3

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