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National Cherry Blossom Festival

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washingtonDC_cherry-blossom_2015-posterThe 103rd National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., takes place March 20 through April 12, 2015.

The plantings of the cherry blossom trees originated as a gift in 1912 from the people of Japan to the United States as gesture of friendship and goodwill. Since then, the number of trees has expanded to approximately 3,750 trees of 16 varieties on National Park Service land.

Where to go to see ’em? The cherry blossom trees currently grow in three National Park Service locations: around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, in East Potomac Park (Hains Point), and on the Washington Monument grounds. For information on which varieties of cherry blossom trees are located in which park and maps, see the National Park Service cherry blossom page.

As all Road Trips Gardeners know, however, the actual peak bloom time is up to Mother Nature. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is planned to coincide as nearly as possible with the blooming of the trees. Peak Bloom Date is defined as the day on which 70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees are open. The date when the Yoshino cherry blossoms reach peak bloom varies from year to year, depending on weather conditions.

The mean date of blooming is April 4, but nature is not always cooperative and the National Park Service horticulturists cannot make an accurate prediction much more than 10 days prior. The blooming period starts several days before the Peak Bloom Date and can last as long as 14 days; however, frost or high temperatures combined with wind and/or rain can shorten this period.

The Festival is organized by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

About the image: The 2015 Official Artist is Jing Jing Tsong, from the Big Island, Hawaii. She is known for her illustration work that combines traditional printmaking and digital techniques to create vibrant compositions of color, pattern and texture. Jing Jing created a one-of-a-kind piece exclusively for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. An annual collector’s item, the artwork will be on the official poster, on sale now, and various merchandise.

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