Cherry Blossoms in Washington

Posted on: March 21st, 2012 by Mr Roaming 6 Comments

The year of 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift to the United States to celebrate the growing friendship of the two nations at the turn of the century. Since then, the popularity of the blossoming of the cherry trees every spring has become one of the major tourist attractions in Washington, DC’s calendar. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is held during March and April and the hope every year is that the weather and the trees cooperate so that the blossoming period coincides with the festival. Over one million people are expected to attend the festival this year.

The Jefferson Memorial sits on the Tidal Basin behind cherry trees blossoming in Washington. March 19, 2012 marks the hundredth year since Japanese flowering cherry trees first graced the National Mall. Since then, more cherry trees have been planted throughout the city, which has become one of its trademarks.

A little known fact is that Washington’s cherry trees, although the most famous in the U.S., are not the largest. That honor goes to the Essex County, New Jersey Cherry Blossoms which usually bloom a few weeks after their competitors on the Potomac.

The Washington Monument stands behind cherry trees blossoming in Washington

This winter’s unseasonably warm weather has caused Washington’s spring flowers and the famous cherry blossoms to bloom early.

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6 Responses

  1. cely furtado says:

    AMEI, RICARDO. aoro flores.Gostaria de estar ai…
    Que coisa LINDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! bjs Cely.

    • Mr Roaming says:

      Que bom, Cely. Fico muito contente que voce gostou. Espero que proximo ano venhas com Luciana me visitar nessa epoca. Beijao e saudades.

  2. clarence says:

    Beautiful pictures of past cherry blossoms. The question is: with this weather, will we see them any time soon? It looks like they will be delayed by another month. Either way, when they come, it is a beautiful sight indeed!

  3. donny says:

    I can’t wait for the blossoms, although I’m not looking forward to the tourists swarming DC. Your pictures bring such good memories of years past. let’s hope spring arrives at some point so that they can come out.

  4. Perry says:

    Hopefully the blossoms will be vibrant this year. These images are super!

  5. Carol says:

    The blossoms are very beautiful this year, although the hot wether might shorten their lifespan.

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