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The blooming of the cherry trees around the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. has come to symbo

The blooming of the cherry trees around the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. has come to symbolize the natural beauty of our nation's capital city. Hundreds of thousands of city residents and visitors from across the nation and around the world come here to witness the spectacle, hoping that the trees will be at the peak of bloom for the Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.'s rite of spring. 

http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/cms/index.php?id=404

The famous trees, a gift from Japan in 1912, signal the coming of Spring with an explosion of life and color surrounding the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in a sea of pink and white. Exactly when the buds will open is not an easy question to answer, but the National Park Service Regional Horticulturalist Robert DeFeo has been fairly accurate in his forecasts over the past several years. Once the buds begin to expand in late February, they can be monitored and the days counted before they can be expected to bloom. The forecast is based upon the weather forecast, and close inspection to determine the stage of bud development.

For the latest update of the peak bloom as well as related cherry blossoms information, please visit the National Park Service website.

Check out our Maps of the Cherry Trees here.

Check out Park Ranger Tour and Program information here.

2007 Peak Bloom Forecast: April 3-5

2007 Blooming Period Forecast: April 1-12

The blooming of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. has come to symbolize the natural beauty of our nation's capital city. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the nation and around the world come to the Nations Capital to witness the spectacle, hoping that the trees will be at the peak of bloom for the Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.'s rite of spring.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of hundreds of events which occur within National Mall & Memorial Parks each year. Play a part in how you and future generations will experience and enjoy America's Treasures. Visit the National Mall Plan website today.

The 2007 National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for March 31-April 15. The festival's National Cherry Blossom Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets NW.

The famous trees, a gift from Japan in 1912, signal the coming of Spring with an explosion of life and color surrounding the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in a sea of pale pink and white. Exactly when the buds will open is not an easy question to answer, but the National Park Service Regional Horticulturalist Robert DeFeo has been fairly accurate in his forecasts over the past several years.

Once the buds begin to expand in late February or early March, they can be monitored and the days counted before they can be expected to bloom. The forecast is based upon the weather forecast, and close inspection of the trees themselves to determine the stage of bud development.

The history of the cherry trees dates to 1912 when the original trees were planted by First Lady Mrs. William Howard Taft and the Vicountess Chinda of Japan.

Today more than 3,700 cherry trees of several varieties grow around the Tidal Basin, at East Potomac Park, and on the Washington Monument Grounds. Most trees are the Yoshino variety, Japan's favorite cultivated cherry tree that was developed about 1870 and presented as a gift in 1912. They encircle the Tidal Basin and can also be seen in abundance on the Monument grounds.

Since the National Park Service has been keeping records of the blooming dates, the earliest blooming date as been March 15, 1990, and the latest date was marked on April 18, 1958. The average blooming date--that time when the blooms are considered to reach their peak--is April 5 for the Yoshino and April 22 for the double flowering Kwansan trees, mostly seen in East Potomac Park.

For questions on volunteering with the National Park Service during the festival contact the National Mall & Memorial Parks Volunteer Coordinator. Also volunteer projects for the cherry blossoms can be accessed at Volunteer.gov (click on DC link).

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