You would be thrived by how vital these gorgeous blossoms can be in one week. Last Saturday, when I visited the tidal basin, all of these cherry blossom trees are still in the green buds stage. It’s so hard to believe in as short as one week, all of them would reach the peak bloom.
04/04/2015 You can see lots of buds
04/11/2015 In one week, it reaches the peak bloom
Every year during the cherry blossom season, there is the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year is from March 20 to April 12, 2015. (Website: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/) On the website, there are lots of useful information including the events canlender which lots of them are free events that you can participate.
My favorite feature of the National Cherry Blossom Festival website is the Bloom Watch page. (http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/about/bloom-watch/) When time comes closer, it would have the peak bloom predication date. Also, it listed the dated from the past years to see the patterns of cherry blossoms. Moreover, from this site, you can link to my favorite EarthCam which shows the live blossoms where you can watch these beautiful blossoms from home.
The map from the cherry blossom festival also clearly shows you where are these cherry trees located. Majority of them would be surrounded the Tidal Basin area. It’s really nice to walk a circle by the Tidal Basin. You can view either the Thomas Jefferson Memorial or the Washington Monument from different angle.
The Origin of Yoshino Cherry Trees
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or “Sakura,” is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
1912: February 14, 3,020 cherry trees from twelve varieties were shipped from Yokohama on board the S.S. Awa Maru, bound for Seattle. Upon arrival, they were transferred to insulated freight cars for the shipment to Washington. D.C.
Source: National Park Service Website