I love how excited people get about the famed cherry blossoms in Washington, DC. News outlets cross the country update the ‘peak blooming’ schedule alongside the NPS status reports.
What captivates us so? For me it’s spring renewal, the potential for growth, and the sheer pageantry of those pinkish-white trees surrounding the Tidal Basin. They are also a symbol of friendship, of the capacity to overcome ethnic differences with beauty and dignity.
The Yoshiro cherry trees were a gift from Japan in 1912. On its Cherry Blossom Festival page, the NPS describes the trees this way: “The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life.”
The blossoms are expected to do their thing starting on March 23 and be in peak form for the following 10 days. Cooling in the area could delay the start, so check on the NPS’ Bloom Watch page for updates.
If you’re like me and you can’t make it to DC this time around, peek at the peak on the NPS Cherry Blossom Webcam.
Bonus: Read about the Cherry Tree Rebellion in 1938 when 50 women chained themselves to trees that were in the crosshairs of the Jefferson Memorial construction.